Major retail chains have bowed to pressure from a tiny fringe Christian group by withdrawing copies of a DVD of Jerry Springer: The Opera from stores around the UK.
Woolworths and Sainsbury have both taken the unprecedented step of removing the film from shelves because of "customer" concerns about the content of the musical, released three weeks ago. Sainsbury has admitted it received just 10 complaints.
We are not amused. I've sent letters of complaint to Sainsbury and Woolworths. I shop at both of these shops and I'm seriously disappointed. Unless they reverse the decision I'll be doing my Christmas food and present shopping elsewhere.
I'm hoping that the withdrawal of the DVD was a reflex reaction to receiving complaints and not the result of a considered censorship decision. I'd like to see Sainsbury and Woolworths come admit that they made a mistake.
As penance I think they should stock not only Jerry Springer: The Opera but also The God Who Wasn't There.