Channel 4 Rapped Over Gordon Ramsay Swearing
Ofcom has rapped Channel 4 over Gordon Ramsay's swearing immediately after the watershed.
The regulator has upheld 51 complaints over the two-hour special Ramsay's Great British Nightmare, which featured 115 uses of the word 'f**k' and its derivatives in its first 40 minutes. Half an hour in, a two-minute row featured the word 'f**king' 30 times in two minutes.
Ofcom noted that the complainants included many fans of Ramsay's shows who felt he had gone too far.
Despite Ramsay's reputation for profanity, it said C4 "did not apply generally accepted standards" in scheduling the show at 21:00.
It said the "unexpected and sheer intensity and level of swearing" by Ramsay and restaurant staff in the first two parts of the programme, were aggressive rather than comedic and could not be justified by context.
In its defence, C4 said the front-loading of the strong language was a by-product of the format, in which Ramsay delivers his hard-hitting advice on a struggling restaurant and tensions start to rise.Waveguide, 11/05/09.