Blood on the carpet

30 Oct

Yet more jibbering idiocy over the Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand affair. Lesley Douglas, BBC Radio 2’s Controller, has resigned in the wake of tabloid outrage and hyperbole.

Last night on Newsnight the target of the “joke”, actor Andrew Sachs, said that the matter was pretty much over as the two presenters had apologised. Subsequently Brand has resigned and Ross has been suspended for 3-months by the BBC.

Don’t you just love it? The BBC, as always, has been forced to pull down its trousers and bend over, while the collective tabloid media buggers it silly with its enormous cock of hypocrisy. And yet again our shower of a government has piled in (as did Slippery Dave, but that’s hardly a surprise considering what a predictable populist shitbag he is).

So none of our illustrious leaders thought it wise to caution some measure of restraint in all the hype and chaos? Brown and/or Cameron, both of which were happy to jump on the bandwagon for a few choice quotes, could have risen above the fray and argued for a modicum of common-sense. That, remember, is what leaders are supposed to do.

Brand and Ross are both polemicist comics who push against the line of decency. Occasionally, especially when they’re together – egging each other on and getting carried away, they’ll step over the line.

What they did to Andrew Sachs was out of order. They were offensive while making no cultural or political point. This is where programmes such a South Park differ, they use deeply offensive jokes for real political and social commentary. Ross and Brand were just being twats.

Both Ross and Brand should have been reprimanded and were right to apologise, but the media witch-hunt and the subsequent resignations and suspensions, are nothing more than capitulation as the usual rightwing rags have a pop at the tax-funded BBC (an opportunity they never miss).

In what must be the most baffling example of hypocrisy, Georgina Baillie (Sach’s granddaughter who was at the centre of the scandal) has milked the story for all it’s worth, pleading outrage (after her grandfather had indicated his wish to put the issue to bed) and then discussing her “romps” with Brand with – you guessed it – The Sun.

The whole thing is a crock, and a waste of everyone’s time. It’s shocking that Lesley Douglas has been hounded out of her job because Brand and Ross lost the plot. It’s about time the BBC stood up for itself in the face of ridiculous faux outrage from the rightwing press. If they don’t the jackals will never stop.

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4 Responses to “Blood on the carpet”

  1. ceve@eveningherald.co.uk October 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm #

    I was asked by the London Evening Standard on Wednesday evening for my take on the affair. (I have form as I’m an ex-BBC guy who’s had a pot shot at the corporation in the past for employing upper class tits)For some reason though, they didn’t print it in today’s paper. I can’t think why. Here it is: “FIVE full pages in the Sun today including exclusive interviews and saucy pics. Pages and pages in other rags, oodles of commentators on Telly and Radio… Y’know, it’s almost as if they’re trying to keep other stories off the front or inside. Which funnily enough was an accusation the Conservatives were chucking out just a few days ago when one of their own was the centre of attention. Something the Sun hasn’t gone on about yet was what was Mr Murdoch really doing with Osborne, the Oligarch and Mandelson that day? But that’s not really a good enough story is it – not when you have two vulgarians who have – shock, surprise – been vulgar.I love the line in the Sun about Brand and Ross being disgusting, quickly followed by Georgina of “Satanic Sluts” admitted she’s shagged Brand not once, but three times and then expected him to be a gentleman about it…. Brand? Like he’s some kind of Mr Darcy? I ask you! She’s a page 3 wannabe who’s suddenly found a way to get fame, while Editor Wade and co-horts have found another way to bitch-slap the BBC, keep Mr Murdoch out of public view and avoid any more stories about dodgy MPs. Frankly, announcing to the world that Brand bonked Georgina not once but thrice has elevated her to the level of, well Kerry Katona or Jodie Marsh. Would I be surprised if she was secretly grateful for the sudden celebrity honour. Added to which, I’m sure Mr Sachs will suddenly get a few more voice-overs out of it as most voice-over agents thought he was either a) dead or b) retired to America.You’d hardly think there was a global recession shitting people up would you, with FIVE FECKING PAGES OF MADE UP GUFF TO FOCUS MIDDLECLASS FAUX OUTRAGE ON, would you?And as for Mark “Gnasher” Thompson rolling out the obligatory apology, I haven’t seen crawling, cringing and hand-wringing spinelessness since the BBC’s response to the Hutton Whitewash.” Carl Eve, PlymouthEx-bbc researcher, regional reporter and person WITH A SENSE OF FUCKIN PROPORTION!!!

  2. ceve@eveningherald.co.uk October 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm #

    I was asked by the London Evening Standard on Wednesday evening for my take on the affair. (I have form as I’m an ex-BBC guy who’s had a pot shot at the corporation in the past for employing upper class tits)For some reason though, they didn’t print it in today’s paper. I can’t think why. Here it is: “FIVE full pages in the Sun today including exclusive interviews and saucy pics. Pages and pages in other rags, oodles of commentators on Telly and Radio… Y’know, it’s almost as if they’re trying to keep other stories off the front or inside. Which funnily enough was an accusation the Conservatives were chucking out just a few days ago when one of their own was the centre of attention. Something the Sun hasn’t gone on about yet was what was Mr Murdoch really doing with Osborne, the Oligarch and Mandelson that day? But that’s not really a good enough story is it – not when you have two vulgarians who have – shock, surprise – been vulgar.I love the line in the Sun about Brand and Ross being disgusting, quickly followed by Georgina of “Satanic Sluts” admitted she’s shagged Brand not once, but three times and then expected him to be a gentleman about it…. Brand? Like he’s some kind of Mr Darcy? I ask you! She’s a page 3 wannabe who’s suddenly found a way to get fame, while Editor Wade and co-horts have found another way to bitch-slap the BBC, keep Mr Murdoch out of public view and avoid any more stories about dodgy MPs. Frankly, announcing to the world that Brand bonked Georgina not once but thrice has elevated her to the level of, well Kerry Katona or Jodie Marsh. Would I be surprised if she was secretly grateful for the sudden celebrity honour. Added to which, I’m sure Mr Sachs will suddenly get a few more voice-overs out of it as most voice-over agents thought he was either a) dead or b) retired to America.You’d hardly think there was a global recession shitting people up would you, with FIVE FECKING PAGES OF MADE UP GUFF TO FOCUS MIDDLECLASS FAUX OUTRAGE ON, would you?And as for Mark “Gnasher” Thompson rolling out the obligatory apology, I haven’t seen crawling, cringing and hand-wringing spinelessness since the BBC’s response to the Hutton Whitewash.” Carl Eve, PlymouthEx-bbc researcher, regional reporter and person WITH A SENSE OF FUCKIN PROPORTION!!!

  3. rwsymonds@hotmail.co.uk October 31, 2008 at 2:47 pm #

    I am not a conspiracy theorist, nor am I anti-Semitic, but I can’t help feeling this attack on our public service broadcaster (BBC) has been engineeered by the Zionist lobby.Why do I think that ?The name “SACHS (eg AndrewSachs, Goldman Sachs), and the fact that the grand-daughter went running to Murdoch’s Sun.

  4. rwsymonds@hotmail.co.uk October 31, 2008 at 2:47 pm #

    I am not a conspiracy theorist, nor am I anti-Semitic, but I can’t help feeling this attack on our public service broadcaster (BBC) has been engineeered by the Zionist lobby.Why do I think that ?The name “SACHS (eg AndrewSachs, Goldman Sachs), and the fact that the grand-daughter went running to Murdoch’s Sun.

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