Friday, October 31, 2008

Far too excitable...

I suspect that unlike many of those who have been very opinionated on the subject, I have actually listened to the Brand/Ross phone incident for myself before choosing to comment.

Did they go too far? Well yes in my opinion. It didn't offend me personally but I would have felt considerably different in Andrew Sachs' position.

Should it come as a surprise that these two characters didn't know where to draw the line? Not really. I usually find them both very funny as a rule and largely because their humour is so near the knuckle, but this was more like listening to a couple of schoolkids messing about on the phone while their parents are out of the house.

Are the current outcomes appropriate (resignations, suspensions, etc.)? Well I don't think that's for us to decide. I guess that is down to exactly how offended Andrew Sachs and Georgina Baillie are over the issue and certainly nothing to do with the millions of people jumping on the bandwagon crying for heads on platters.

Why is it headline news all over the country? I've absolutely no idea, there are far more important things going on in the world at large than the offensive antics of a couple of celebrities. Sometimes it seems to me that the media in this country is just a self perpetuating beast that thrives on the very drivel that it creates.

It has provoked some hysterical comment on internet forums though...

1 comment:

delcatto said...

Hear hear!
I've pretty much ignored the whole media feeding frenzy for a number of reasons.
1. It smacks of middle-class daily mail readers putting the boot into two 'jumped up working class oiks who are paid too much'.

2.As well as the Archers, gardeners Q. Time, etc... the BBC, if it belongs to us, the public, have a duty to reflect that public. Pushing the boundaries and juvenile behaviour is part of that.

3. The BBC are always under attack by some section of the press (Murdoch, who incidently owns Sky).

4. I am not a fan of Jonathan Ross so I'm hoping Mark Lamarr stands in for his Saturday a.m. show on Radio 2.

Word verification is HYPED!!