Louisa Ackermann

Clarkson Suspended, Thicke Sued: It’s a Bad Day for Dickheads.

Yesterday evening, the internet was abuzz with the news that Jeremy Clarkson had been suspended from the BBC for being involved in a ‘fracas’ with a producer. It took all of about two seconds for a #BringBackClarkson petition to be launched by the mask wearing vigilantes at Guido Fawkes – despite their own admittance that they had no idea what the incident actually was, understandably, since no one has used the word fracas for the last half century.

I personally welcome the fact that there is one less oafish, racist, sexist old white dude on our television screens (as least for now). Given all the awful things he’s said and done in the past in the name of being ‘anti-PC’ over the last few years, he should have been gone long ago.

It’s still not absolutely clear what the ‘fracas’ involved, but people are alleging a punch was thrown. If this is true, there is surely no case to #BringBackClarkson – no one can be violent towards their colleagues and expect to keep their job.

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Later that very same night, it emerged that Robin Thicke and Pharrell were found guilty of copyright infringement for their 2013 song Blurred Lines. The song became infamous after being banned from university campuses around the UK, dubbed a ‘rape anthem.’ They and their studios are being made to pay Marvin Gaye’s family a total of $7.3 million, after it was decided it bore a not-entirely-coincidental resemblance to Gaye’s song Got to Give it Up.

When asked about the sexism inherent in Blurred Lines, Thicke once said “We tried to do everything that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. Because all three of us are happily married with children, we were like, ‘We’re the perfect guys to make fun of this.” Of course! Married men have free reign to be as derogatory towards women as they like – it’s not like they’re people or anything.

It has become abundantly clearer since the song’s release that Thicke is a monumental dickhead, so I welcome the news of him being sued too. Last year, after his wife left him due to his infidelity, he released a creepy, emotionally abusive (and poorly sold) album dedicated to her, featuring tracks with names like Lock the Door and Still Madly Crazy.

It would seem it’s a bad day for dickheads all round. May there be many more.

One thought on “Clarkson Suspended, Thicke Sued: It’s a Bad Day for Dickheads.

  1. Really? Jeremy Clarkson has done a great deal of hard work for charities such as Help for Heroes. He doesn’t make a big song and dance about it because he believes in the cause and not simply in promoting himself.

    He’s never actually said anything sexist, racist or homophobic. Those were just silly accusations by tabloid newspapers of the sort you usually protest against but choose to believe word for word when it suits you.

    A couple of months ago people were taking to the streets in support of Charlie Hebdo Magazine, a publication which is truly racist and disrespectful and whips up terrorism and gets people killed. Yet when Jeremy Clarkson makes a few far milder joking digs at people, which no one in their right mind takes seriously, you get all self righteous about it. It’s nothing more than jumping on a band wagon.

    Top Gear tackles issues like the affordability of invalid scooters and economical driving and cycling safely whilst still being entertaining because people will take in this information more readily when they’re being given something to laugh at than when they’re being shouted at by someone uptight telling them they need to stop driving cars and empty their wallets out.

    When it goes abroad it’s with the aim of showing what beautiful countries its visiting and dispelling myths about them. For example, it showed how Burma is a lovely country full of peaceful and friendly people and not the violent country full of drug dealers many people think it is.

    People don’t like to be constantly caught out by someone telling them they’ve said the wrong thing and they’ve been sexist or racist or homophobic like, for example, Benedict Cumberbatch being in trouble for referring to black people as coloured. It’s like someone telling you you’re a bad person and he or she is better than you. A lot of people really do mean it in that way when they call people out so “Political correctness” is seen as something annoying and holding society back.

    Why specify he’s white? Why refer to him as old? Surely it’s ageist and therefore unPC to want someone sacked just because he’s in his fifties and therefore slightly past middle age and old in the eyes of a young woman. There’s been controversy at the BBC before with people being pushed out for being past what some see as a peak age.

    We all want free speech. We all want the right to mock and make fun and that shouldn’t just be restricted to mocking Islam. People should always accept when the media is making up accusations or exaggerating the truth rather than fully believing what they want to. We should also realise that often the people who make an effort to give the impression of being nice are worse people than those who enjoy being shocking and giving people a slightly guilty laugh.

    To try to push someone out of his job with a string of false accusations and made up claims and encouraging others to join in and build up the pressure is bullying and that is one of the worst things in the world that no decent person should consider acceptable.

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