BBC’s panda propaganda is utterly bamboozling
The BBC has compiled a list of 12 Female Faces of 2011 (one for each month) and guess who took out the final spot?
Angela Zhang who at the age of 17 discovered a nanoparticle that kills cancer cells? Nope.
Eman al-Obeidi, who defied Muuammar Gadaffi’s regime by confessing to the foreign press that she had been beaten and gang-raped by members of his militia? Nope.
Six-year-old Laura Pickett who saved her two younger brothers from a runaway car-accident? Nope.
No, the BBC decided that Sweetie the panda was the most relevant female to include on their list.
A panda. A species doomed for extinction because they’re too lazy to breed.
And what great feat did Sweetie achieve to earn such an honourable accolade? She flew in an aeorplane, got off said aeroplane and arrived to much fanfare are her new home at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland.
Sorry, but is there a shortage of intelligent, innovative, courageous women that I’ve not been told about?
Has the gene pool run so dry we’re awarding pandas that do nothing but eat and sleep all day? If you’re going to reward an animal at least give it to one that has done something. Like the family pet that saved its family from a fire, or Mintu the Bangladeshi dog that saved a baby monkey from stampeding villagers and is nursing it back to health by breast-feeding it.
At least those animals did something.
A panda. Really?
In any case, I have compiled my own Female Faces of 2011 list, feel free to add your own - leave a comment at the bottom of the story or tweet me at @ClaireRConnelly.
In no particular order:
Ms Burvall’s of Le Jardin Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii found YouTube fame by rewriting pop songs to narrate some of the greatest events in history. From Shakespeare’s biography (set to Blondie’s Shayla) to the French Revolution (Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance), Ms Burval has found new ways to make history fun and exciting with the help of some fancy costumes and wigs and epic backdrops and video editing.
Ms Burvall’s students and students around the world have replicated and created their own videos about their favourite historical subjects and her “History Teacher’s Project” even earned her a spot at TEDX Honolulu. Did I mention that she started the project while battling and beating cancer?
Kim Mai Bui
Ms Mai Bui was part of the first Australian team to make the finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup since 2006. She and her team helped to develop a technology that can translate thoughts and facial movements into words using a headset and computer software. The technology was designed to help the movement and speech impaired to communicate their needs to their family, carers and doctors. The “Brain Speller” could also be used to power a wheelchair.
Unfortunately Ms Bui and her team were knocked out of the finals after Qantas lost their luggage but her achievement and hard work is worthy of more than a mention. No doubt we’ll be hearing more from her in the coming year.
Ms Biernacki is the owner of Sydney’s largest private dog-rescue group. Monika’s Doggie Rescue saves dogs on death row at council pounds and RSPCA shelters and takes care of them for as long as it take to find them a new home. Ms Biernacki has so far saved more than 10,000 dogs. The shelter has a “no kill policy” and the dogs that have not yet been adopted have comfortable shelters with beds, blankets, food and people to care for them, wash and walk them.
The entire organisation is run by volunteers and one or two full time employees. Ms Biernacki channels every last dollar she has into the rescue organisation and once came close to bankruptcy two years ago. It was only for the generosity of the Australian community that Ms Biernacki was able to raise enough money to stay open. It is only for Ms Biernacki’s tenacity, and determination that she has improved the lives of many abused and neglected animals around Australia.
Seventeen-year old California high-school student Angela Zhang won a $100 000 prize for discovering a nanoparticle that could target and destroy cancer cells with the utmost precision. Ms Zhang referred to the discovery as the “Swiss army knife of cancer treatments”. Need I say more? Ms Zhang’s achievement at 17 is enough to make the average human feel pretty lazy but against a panda, Sweetie just comes off as utterly inferior in every way.
In the midst of the violence in Libya one woman wasn’t afraid to speak out against the brutality of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. Twenty-nine-year-old Eman al-Obeidi burst into the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli telling the foreign press that she had been gang-raped and beaten by 15 members of Gaddafi’s militia, displaying scars and bruises to prove it.
Ms al-Obeidi was dragged away kicking and screaming by government forces to be interrogated, assaulting journalists as they went. Eventually Ms al-Obeidi was released and granted asylum in the US. (Ms al-Obeidi was also on the BBC’s Female Faces of the year).
Aung San Suu Kyi
The political leader of Burma’s opposition party was freed late last year after seven years under house arrest, less than a week after a “sham” election critics say was deisgned to preserve military rule in Burma. Ms Suu Kyi was awarded with the Wallengberg award for her outstanding humanitarian work on behalf of the defenseless and oppressed Burmese people.
Anyone that develops “Power Laces” (yes, the ones you longed for after watching Back to the Future) just because they could is a worthy member of this list. The self-proclaimed “science geek” began developing the prototype of the self-lacing shoes, inspired by Marty McFly’s Nike Air 2015 Kicks from Back to the Future II in July.
Unlike the shoes released by Nike earlier this year, Ms Bevin’s shoes are actually self-lacing. They’re also significantly less pricey. Ms Bevin shows what imagination and determination can do. With no formal training in physics, or business or any other sort of formal qualification beyond a high-school diploma, Ms Bevin was able to raise enough funds through Kickstarter to form a business and hopes to have the shoes on shelves by 2012.
While it’s too late for the BBC to shelve it’s absurd list, maybe next year they won’t pander to animal lovers.
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