Since Wednesday 11th March, the big news in the UK has been all about this man –
For those of you who don’t know his name is Jeremy Clarkson and he is a TV host and journalist (well kind of…..he writes for The Sun anyway). He is what we call Marmite – some people love him, some people hate him.
He’s most well-known for hosting the car show Top Gear on the BBC and for being controversial which basically means making ill-advised comments about women or Asian people or homosexuals. Or Argentinians. Or immigrants. You get the idea.
I do actually quite like him. I don’t agree with everything that he says and he bugs the hell out of me – undoubtedly a smug man, but there are very few people in the public eye in this country who actually say what they want and refuse to apologise afterwards. I’m still annoyed Benedict Cumberbatch apologised for the “coloured people” gaff. He should have told everyone hysterical in the media to grow up.
But anyway, whether I agree or disagree with what is said I do have a certain amount of admiration for celebrities who don’t pander to everyone, terrified of upsetting the ‘media’ and the six hundred people with Ofcom in their speed dial. But anyway, I digress (I’m good at that)
My whole point was the BIG NEWS IN THE UK!
And that big news is……………….
Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended from the BBC (and Top Gear). This time he apparently ‘punched a producer’ because of an issue with his lunch. The core of the story is probably true but like most media tales, hugely overblown.
Anyway, worst things happen at sea. So, who really cares? Well, quite a lot of people apparently. Since Wednesday morning he has been the headline news on almost every major online newspaper.
I watch the news in the morning as I get ready for work and when I get home I watch the news at 6.00, but hey this post isn’t about how rock and roll I am. EVERY FUCKING NEWS BULLETIN that wasn’t weather, war or angry housing residents was about Jeremy Clarkson.
You can’t believe the amount of coverage this story is getting and I’ve been in a state of disbelief that with everything going on in the world, this is such big news.
Within hours of the original story being released a twitter campaign (#bringbackclarkson) and an ACTUAL REAL petition was set up for his ‘safe return’ to the BBC (and at the time of writing said petition has over half a million signatures).
And then this morning, the icing on the cake. I was sitting on the floor straightening my hair (it’s the easiest way….trust me) watching Good Morning Britain and Susanna Reid announced…….
(this really is quite pathetic, but also…….hilarious)
DAVID CAMERON HAS GOT INVOLVED! Old shiny face himself.
Our very own Prime Minister. Apparently Dave released a statement saying he and his children were “huge fans” of the show [Top Gear] and he wants “the matter resolved as quickly as possible”.
Whilst I’m overjoyed we have such an understanding Prime Minister who not only empathises with the people over the loss of such an amazing TV show (sarcasm) but also finds time before our general election to make such a statement!! Anyone would think he was appealing to the common man.
Yeah, I’m a cynic.
I don’t know if I love or hate our crack pot country sometimes.