I cannot believe the media scrum right now over Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand’s prank on Andrew Sachs at the start of the week. Talk about a FIRING SQUAD?
It’s almost cringe-worthy to see all these media idiots literally overjoyed at the opportunity to take Jonathan Ross (and his massive pay packet) down a notch or two. As for Russell Brand, I underestimated how long they were going to give him- I thought the British media might at least wait until the middle of next year (or one more good movie roll) before they would start to tear him apart from media ‘darling’ to – well, lets think, where is Julian Clarey these days? I thought it would have probably been an ‘incident’ like the “fisting Normal Lamont” comment which would be the end of him.
So despite the fact that Andrew Sachs has been a comedy actor for most of his career, his greatest role being the stereotypical impersonation of a ‘Spaniard’ waiter now everyone is outraged on his behalf (and maybe he is a little bit as well) because of ‘obscene’ prank phone calls. The term is an offense to anyone who has actually recieved PROPER obscene calls- like me.
Sachs had been due to appear on Jonathan Ross’s radio show but failed to turn up. So they thought it would be funny to call Sachs. The rest, they say is (almost) history. So does anyone else smell shit? The grand-daughter Russell Brand joked he had slept with is an aspiring ‘actress/glamour model/tv presenter’, her name has been on the front/center/comment/ section of every paper since this whole thing started. She couldn’t have DREAMED of this publicity. Sure, Sach’s is 78 years old but he’s not STUPID (nor are his agents/PR people) so I’m sure they recognise the potential for a little press bonanza for his grand-daughter.
Now, I’m all for fair treatment of people but surely even if people can’t recognise it was a (ok, fairly silly) joke, then surely they can realise that this show had been PRE-RECORDED. It was the choice of the BBC Production Team in charge of the show to actually air it. Not even that, they GAVE them his phone number in the first place.
I am really not going to pretend I agree with Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand’s behaviour, either this time or a lot of other times, but what I (and lots of other people) hate, is HYPOCRISY. The news media/PR machine that is the media are so full of shit these days I have to buy extra air-fresheners to get rid of the smell when I watch TV. In yesterdays Independant newspaper Terence Blacker wrote,
” It is a rather bewildering contradiction of our increasingly peculair society that, while cruelty in everyday life is the subject of unprecendented disapproval, it is positively celebrated and encouraged in the world of entertainment.’ Terence Blacker, The Independant 28/10/08 pg 31
If anyone has watched anything featuring the ‘comedian’ Jo Caulfield will agree with that. One night I sat and watched a programme she was in which featured, without a word of a lie, wall to wall slating of everything and everyone ever featured on UK TV in history- even people/things that were blatantly good had to be brought down. It’s like society is becoming obsessed with increasingly clever and witty ways to insult eachother.She is not the only one OF COURSE.
When I was growing up, if anyone tried to bully me in any way I could never find the words to retort back in a cutting and hurtful way to counter them because I was always taught that if I didn’t have anything nice to say then not to say anything at all. I didn’t enjoy the thought of hurting people through words so when it came down to it I ended up in a LOT of physical fights. It was my FIRST resort (and my best one). Of course, there comes a point when you have to grow up and realise that physical violence in public is unacceptable (even if the other person started it) and thats when I realised that verbal warfare was the only way to go… I’m still not that good at it but the degree to which people rip eachother apart (sometimes not even as a joke or light ribbing) is getting out of hand. Bullys who bring otherpeople down are seen as cool, or something to be… or dare I say funny?Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand are two fairly good and well liked presenters being torn to shreds over a practical joke, with ‘calls’ for them to be sacked, investigations and general outcry at the airing of the show.
However not even a fortnight ago ‘This Morning’ wheeled on Kerry Katona who was either drunk, ill, or in my view drugged out her nut and proceeded to pour patronising spew over her disguised as ‘concern’. Have there been calls for their presenters to be sacked? their producers? noooo of course not! They aren’t paid ‘by the tax payer’ so they aren’t viewed as public property are they. I might not laugh at Jonathan Ross’s brand of humour all the time, but he is certainly the best thing the BBC can offer on a Friday night. I hope the BBC don’t listen to the prude brigade and sack Ross, looking to decrease their outgoings on wages. MISTAKE!
So, I just hope it all goes away (as do Ross and Brand no doubt) because it just stinks of absolute witch hunt/bandwagon/hypocrisy.
Ross and Brand SUSPENDED over ‘lewd calls’
After the bold Gordon Brown wading in over the affair, and several calls for Ross and Brand to be sacked, the BBC Director General Mark Thompson has suspended the pair.
Sure, it was an insensitive thing to do. But the BBC have nobody to blame but themselves for the uproar as THEY ARE THE ONES WHO CHOSE TO RELEASE THE RECORDING OF THE SHOW. If it was such an abhorrent thing to do, then why didn’t the producers of the show recognise this and edit the incident out? What are they getting payed LICENCE PAYER money for? Old Rope?
Limmy suggests docking their wages and sending it to a charity of Sach’s choice. Fair enough, but from the latest round of press briefings, it’s clear that Andrew Sach’s himself regrets the whole media clamour around this incident. It’s his GRANDDAUGHTER who is continually calling for heads to roll. The 23 year old Actress/ burlesque dancer who admits she slept with Brand, says she feels betrayed by what went on. I hope someone who has her ear lets her know that when she becomes a ‘proper’ celebrity, she will be open to a lot more stories of this nature. Of course, now she is FAST becoming one of the most talked about 23 year old burlesque dancers of the moment …. someone might like to let her know that being responsible for the uproar leading to the sacking of two of the most loved presenters/celebritys the BBC…no the UK has to offer, will do her career any favours. Nor her grandfather. Who wants to remember Andrew Sach’s as ‘the guy from Fawlty Towers and the guy who got Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand sacked? or should i say Sach’ed?
This is getting out of hand.