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.
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.