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Whitehouse, Mary

British activist, mentioned in Pigs (Three Different Ones) from Animals.

Mary Whitehouse (June 13 1910 – November 23 2001) was a British activist who promoted moral purity and censorship of inappropriate scenes and expressions on TV and radio.

Mary Whitehouse first acted against inappropriate broadcast in 1963. One year later she founded the Clean Up TV movement. 500.000 people signed her petition, setting so far unbeaten British record. In 1965 she gave the impulse for the foundation of National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association.

Mary Whitehouse was also known for sending open letters to British Prime Ministers. She never received any answers (officially the letters were never delivered and they always got lost somewhere, possibly in order for the PM’s office not to have to answer to them).

Among the 1960’s youth she was neither supported nor understood. Most of the free-spirited artists and young people saw Whitehouse as a strict censor and bigoted Catholic, who opposes free artistic expression and therefore she was a frequent target of criticism and sarcasm. The greater was her support from the hippies’ parents and grandparents.

 

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