Asaf Shimoni
Asaf Shimoni

Politically correct media, the environment and racism

As one who is unfortunate enough to live in the Netherlands and watch Dutch and English television, I am constantly asking myself if I am the only one who doesn’t have an urge to throw a brick through the screen – an urge which arises every few seconds, until I change the channel and, lo and behold, the commercial or program is even worse! Particularly the Dutch content lacks creativity and is infinitely annoying and stupid.

A recent factor in Dutch and British programming is an overwhelming tendency towards political correctness. Although around five percent of the Dutch population is black (it is around the same in England) the percentage of blacks in television commercials and on programs is now well over twenty percent. Nobody talks about this, for fear of being labeled racist. However they should because choosing people on the basis of their color is racist in itself.

Also, women are the ones who lose out because interracial couples on television overwhelmingly consist of black men and white women. Why not the other way around?

As far as politics in the Middle East are concerned: one never hears about the position of women in the Arab world and Iran, only criticism of Israel. The message seems to be that women should know their place.

Why is there no accountability for environmental destruction?

While working for an environmental organization in the late 1970s, I asked myself why the media weren’t reporting about the massive destruction of the environment. 2019 was the year that the media ‘discovered’ this problem and began to report on the subject to a greater extent. However the cover-up is still in place. We never hear where forests are being cut down, who is doing this, and which politicians allow it. This news should be on television and the front pages on a daily basis. How is the environment being destroyed without anyone being responsible?! The problem is that the media are controlled by those with the most money, who are the ones who are responsible for the destruction of the environment.

About the Author
Asaf Shimoni is an author, journalist and translator who returned to Israel in 2016 after spending 40 years abroad, most of them in the Netherlands. He grew up near Boston, made aliyah while living on a kibbutz (from 1973 to 1976), and graduated from Syracuse University in 1978. He also lived some 5 years in Sicily. He is currently in Amsterdam to sort our affairs. He believes that the media should be as critical and truthful as possible.
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