I watched the Top Gear episode on Sunday night where Jeremy Clarkson ‘jokes’ about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes. This apparently sparked 188 complaints out of what the Corporation says was 7 million viewers.
As soon as he said it I winced and said to the boy’s dad “He’ll get his arse felt for that!”. I was right.
Yet another example of a big name BBC presenter, known for controversy, putting his foot in it. Except, hold on a minute? 188 complaints? That’s a lot isn’t it? Remember, only TWO complained after ROSSELL-GATE! The only difference is, unlike Georgina Baille, the relatives of the murdered Ipswich prostitutes are not trying to further their careers in the media so I doubt there will be much of a fuss kicked up about this gaff. Not to mention, non of the prostitutes was as valuable as Andrew Sachs to society… so I expect this one will run for a day or two then go away.
Unless, of course, the Ipswich murder victims raise from the dead and form a group called ‘Undead Sluts’ and embark on careers as undead glamour girls (The Sun would promote anything these days to readers for ££’s) then we can expect a significantly lower profile outrage to sweep the nation.
However, IF it emerges that any of said prostitutes charged £250 an hour and had a famous grandfather- THEN I would put bets on Clarkson being suspended or losing his job.