Why did BBC remove a video about alleged sexism in comics? Good question
With the ongoing conversation about sexism and inclusion in comics is relevant today even more than ever, the BBC posted a video titled Redrawing women Tackling sexism in Comics earlier today showing various women speaking of their experiences and thoughts about female superhero characters. Awesome, we thought, let’s go find out more, but as it turns out, within a few hours the video had been removed with a generic note: This video has been removed for editorial reasons.Knowing how dishonest the BBC can be, I wouldn't be shocked if their report had been as one-sided as is possible for them to be, and any women who said they had no serious issues with babes drawn gorgeous were otherwise excluded from the interviews. If they couldn't be honest about the Gamergate campaign, which even video game producers were supporting, women included, then why should we expect this to be any different? It's possible some sensible minds in the medium protested, much like they initially did when Fredric Wertham tried to publish a real screed in a magazine back in the 1950s, and the Beeb luckily agreed to withdraw it. I hesitate to think just how many decent artists might've wound up defamed by the Beeb, had their alleged "news" been kept around.
And if there's something to comment on here, how come they're so concerned about "redrawing" women but not about rewriting women, as was the case in 2004 with Identity Crisis and Avengers: Disassembled? Thinking about this now, it's become apparent that discussion of artwork's come to serve as the perfect cover for obscuring the more challenging topic of scriptwriting that's potentially bad. If the BBC left that out, that's why their so-called report was best discarded.