Saturday, 16 February 2013

Homeopathy sent to Room 101

Which is nice.

Sadly, BBC iPlayer does not allow embedding, so I can only give you this link and this screenshot:

Comedian Ben Miller, a physics graduate, opted to send homeopathy to Room 101, in the BBC program based on Orwell's dystopian vision of the future:
You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world. (O'Brien in 1984)
Presenter Frank Skinner said that no-one on the (production) team knew what it meant, and everyone on set appeared surprised by its stupidity and implausibility once Miller explained it to them. Comedian Jo Brand (a nurse in a former life, for goodness sake!) said "Are you rubbishing the whole of homeopathy?". To his eternal credit, Miller replied:
No, I'm not rubbishing it; it is rubbish.
Cue a round of applause. To his eternal credit, Skinner chose to put homeopathy into Room 101. (Skinner is an excellent comedian with a gift for wordplay, but sadly has a history of woo-mongering himself.)

Cheers all round!

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