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The BBC stole my article

Art by Mia Walker

A few weeks ago, I began writing an article entitled, “5 times Queen Elizabeth was funny”. This was before September 8th (aka the saddest day of my life) when Queen Elizabeth passed away. Due to this unfortunate event, I scrapped my article and immediately began writing an obituary in her memory. Days later, I stumbled upon an article from the BBC named, “Six times the Queen made us laugh”. The similarities and the timing all pointed to one conclusion: BBC had just stolen my article.

I pitched my original article on August 30th. I had been working on it for about a week. Don’t believe me? Below are two images that prove that this article was mine. The first is my Google Doc version history. Clearly, I created and worked on this article before the Queen died. The second is my pitch which was written down on a whiteboard. That is clear, solid evidence that this article was my idea first.

My article being written on the 28th of August
Pitch Board

You may be thinking that my reaction to these similar articles is irrational. Sure, I may be making a big deal out of a small thing. After all, the articles just have the same theme, right? WRONG. This article uses the exact same examples that I used of Queen Elizabeth being funny. Coincidence? I think not.

I scrapped my previous article because it felt disrespectful to post a humorous article during a period of sadness and mourning. Despite that, the BBC was clearly fine with posting their article.

Being one of the most watched channels in the UK, the BBC had a big job when it came to reporting Queen Elizabeth’s death. In fact, they have had guidelines preparing for Queen Elizabeth’s passing, as it could’ve happened at any moment. One of these guidelines is a change in regularly scheduled programming, which includes the temporary discontinuance of comedical programs. Why would the BBC halt the showing of funny TV shows, but continue writing funny articles about the dead person? On top of that, the title “Six times the Queen made us laugh” seemed casual and completely ignorant of the current situation. They should’ve at least titled it “Six times the Queen made us smile”. This sounds more warm-hearted and personal much like you have fond memories with the person.

It’s improbable that my article will ever see the light of day, however, it’s possible. If you desperately need your funny Queen Elizabeth to fix, wait for my article. Do not, under any circumstances, read the BBC’s article. The utter disrespect from the BBC is intolerable.

In the end, I still respect the BBC, as they were my emotional support in the days after Queen Elizabeth’s passing. They may have stolen my article, but it’s alright. I forgive them.

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