There’s a list of people who defended Jeremy Clarkson because hey who doesn’t punch an underling in the face now and then?
David Cameron is one. His kids like the show. That’s the important thing.
Rupert Murdoch is one. On Twitter he shyly offered his support:
How stupid can BBC be in firing Jeremy Clarkson? Funny man with great expertise and huge following.
That’s the formula then? If you’re
- a man
- hugely popular
you’re allowed to punch people in the face at work? Well all right then. Rules are rules.
Snoop Dogg is one.
Snoop Dogg told the Sun earlier this week: “He isn’t part of Top Gear – he IS Top Gear.
“If they even think about firing him, Britain needs to boycott the BBC until he is reinstated.”
More than a million other people are that many more.
More than 1million people have signed political blogger Guido Fawkes’ Change.org petition calling on the BBC to reinstate Clarkson. Reasons for signing include “Jeremy is a bastion of light in a dark PC world” and “I hate the BBC lefties”.
Yeah. It’s such a lefty PC bullshit thing to say tv stars can’t punch their underlings. Where did all the balls go? Huh? Is everybody emasculated around here? Whither the cojones? Is it just pussies running everything now? Where’s my trigger warning? This may be politically incorrect but I say hit everybody in the face! Hitting people in the face is what made this country great! God bless you and God bless America.
Pierce R. Butler says
That’s the formula [Murdoch] then? If you’re
you’re allowed to punch people in the face at work?
Good thing for the lesser liars that nobody on False Noise™ is actually funny, then.
I have another idea. All these people who feel sorry for Clarkson should volunteer to be his punching bags. Are they willing to let their bosses punch them? It is only fair if they expect that of Clarkson’s employees. Why is it so hard for these people to put themselves in the victim’s shoes?
It’s not surprising Murdoch defends Clarkson.
He didn’t fire O’Reilly in 2004 for sexually harassing Andrea Mackris, a producer at Fox Nuisance.
Charles Sullivan says
That’s a very similar formula to the one used by the Bill Cosby defenders.
Phillip Hallam-Baker says
Not too difficult to see what Rupert’s game is, he would like to hire Clarkson and co to take their show to Sky TV.
But this is only to be expected. After all the rules at Fox News allow and encourage this sort of thing. Depending on the pay multiple involved, the more senior member of staff may yell at (2x) publicly insult (5x), assault (10x), sexually harass (20x) or shoot dead (100x) their juniors.
Sea Monster says
The Murdochs are always whinging about public broadcasters’ competition generally and their commercial activities specifically. One of his sons had a specific whinge about public funding for commercial based multi-million contracts of some BBC presenters.
Too bad Clarkson didn’t punch one of HIS bosses. The shoe would be on the other foot.
Ophelia Benson says
Ah but of course Clarkson wouldn’t do that, Clarkson would punch only an underling, because he’s a bully, a coddled flattered allowed-to-get-away-with-it bully. Bullies don’t hit people who can harm them. That would be silly.