Phillip Schofield and This Morning are tied up in knots over bondage.

Tie me up, tie me down!  Phillip Schofield and This Morning, the housewives mid-morning show,  are confused about their sexual identity. Are they ground breakers, who want to educate open mouthed housewives by showing features such as bondage for beginners, complete with accessories at 11 am in the morning?boygreyOr are they defenders of the young, who lecture the mum of an 11 year old boy for dressing him as Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey?  Liam Scholes, 11, wore a suit and carried cable ties as he dressed as Grey from the explicit book, which is famous for its sex scenes involving bondage.  Liam’s attitude was commendable for its enterprise “Everyone has to learn about this someday” he said pragmatically,  although his mum was red faced when asked if it was age appropriate by a wide eyed, gently disapproving Phillip Schofield.

Oddly the fact that he had taken part in a bondage for beginners programme at mid morning when children like Liam could easily have been watching, seemed to have slipped Phillip’s mind. The media storm must have been hard for the Scholes family.  “She sent her son to school dressed as a sexual deviant!” hissed Nadia Sawalha, on Loose Women which helped nobody.

This Morning is no stranger to controversy, featuring a 74-year-old woman having a “vajacial” live on air earlier this year, and a married couple reviewing sex toys five years ago..

Some of This Morning’s graphic broadcasts are more public service than others, including Paul Ross’s live rectal examination to encourage people to check for prostate cancer in 2011, and a doctor having a smear test live on air last year to raise awareness of the importance of the examination.

It might have smoothed things over if  the school had just told Liam the book wasn’t very well written.  The mum did make a mistake – you wouldn’t send your little darling to school dressed as Lolita – but the most upsetting thing for me was watching a bemused 11 year old asked to defend the costume on national TV.  This Morning after all, are being investigated for the bondage programme by Ofcom.

Mrs. Scholes missed a golden opportunity.  If she had done a bit of research, she could have really cracked the whip!   She should have said to Phillip Schofield “I saw your bondage programme and it was on at mid-morning for kids to watch!”  This would have neatly shifted the blame and she could have watched him turn Fifty Shades of Puce.

One response to “Phillip Schofield and This Morning are tied up in knots over bondage.

  1. What a cheek! Schofield doing all these kinky programmes mid morning, and does a bondage programme. Then he blames the poor kid for dressing up as Christian Grey.

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