February 06, 2009

Oops, he did it again!

Oh look, Clarkson said something vaguely offensive. Now where's that bandwagon gone?

Quite apart from the fact that, like Brand and Ross, Clarkson's humour and style is well-established, and you'd have to be an idiot not to know it by now, there is slightly more ammunition this time round, what with Top Gear supposedly being a family show. It's not like he swore though, and people who watch the BBC would do well to remember that a) they don't have to watch, b) the BBC is a bus, not a taxi, and c) a lot of people do find him funny. Obviously, it's hard to see how Gordon's Nelsonian tendencies are relevant to his financial and economic nous, although one might, if one were playing on stereotypes (like the prostitute-murdering lorry driver), say that, being a Scot, he's likely to spend all the countries money on booze, or something equally bland. As it is, it's a funny sounding phrase, on a purely sonic, basically linguistic level, which he almost certainly didn't think through, and has apologised for. I still laughed though.

I also have to take issue with some of the reaction, specifically this obviously ridiculous and illogical generalisation:

"But the Royal National Institute for Blind People called the comment was offensive.

"Any suggestion that equates disability with incompetence is totally unacceptable" said chief executive Lesley-Anne Alexander"

Oh really? So if I were to equate paralysis with incompetence in the field of movement, or cystic fibrosis with incompetence at physically rigorous tasks, or blindness with incompetence at driving a truck or piloting a fighter jet, or a subnormal IQ with being a teacher, that would be totally unacceptable? The clue is in the FUCKING WORD! DIS-abled. Meaning there are things which they are NOT ABLE TO DO, at least, in the normal method of doing them. Whatever moral, social or other considerations follow from that are irrelevant - it is clearly idiotic to claim that equating a disability with an incompetence to achieve something is logically coherent in various situations. It is unacceptable to say that a person with a disability would be necessarily be less competent at things not directly affected by their ability, and there are obviously ways in which some people can overcome their disabilities, perhaps even improve on the normal (e.g. Scott Rigbsy). But the statement says "any suggestion". It's almost worse than Clarkson's, because she's a chief executive and has had time to think about it, and yet still come out with a statement that is clearly, demonstrably and logically BULLSHIT!

Also, I hate snow, if you didn't know already. But even more than that, I hate wankers like Simon Fanshawe who think it's alright for kids to lob snowballs at random strangers. Errr, not it's fucking well not, nor is it your Twelfth Night style night of anarchy, your pretentious cunt. It's an invasion of my personal space, my right to choose whether to interact with the snow or not. And since I am obviously (to anyone that knows me) going to choose not to, I don't fucking think it's anyone's right to force it on me regardless, child or not. In my first year, some wankers hurled a snowball the size of my head out of a car window while doing about 30 miles per hour, which hit me between the chest and the face and knocked me on my ass. As Judi James says in the article above, "some adults feel it demeans their dignity". I'll lighten up when I choose to lighten up, before anyone throws the inevitable and tired barb of me taking everything so seriously. It's my choice when to throw what little dignity I have to the wind, not some kid I don't know with a hand full of compacted ice, and not some probably student twats in a car who, being at Warwick, should probably know better...

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  1. Sue

    You frighten me when you get angry. It depends how far you take the disability label, I remember having an argument once with someone who said that Brian Waldron shouldn’t be a television presenter because he had a speech impediment. I can’t abide Jeremy Clarkson, anyway, whereas I rather like Jonathon Ross and Russell Brand as they are nice to people.

    There was a beautiful sunset this evening and it looked all the more spectacular with the snow. I went with Poppy to a nearby field to take photos and we found a small gathering of local people were there doing the same. As one person said “It might be twenty years before we see this again.” I love the snow, it brings people together.

    06 Feb 2009, 21:57

  2. Sue

    You don’t really frighten me, it’s more a question of making me feel uneasy. I think what was so amazing about yesterdays sunset was that we hadn’t seen the sun all day and then it suddenly appeared just before it sank on he horizon.

    07 Feb 2009, 09:21

  3. It’s a shame there aren’t more blogs like this at the moment… it takes me back to the good old days of my third year (2006) just before the massive mushrooming in popularity of Facebook, before which Warwick Blogs was full of opinion and debate and general flair. It’s not the same any more. I agree with everything you wrote in this entry, by the way!

    07 Feb 2009, 20:16

  4. Sue

    I disagree with you Benjamin. I think Warwick Blogs has improved over the years. Some people seem to get confused by the difference between debate and personal attacks on others. Facebook is alright if you want to see loads of uploaded snowmen pictures but there’s more fun to be had from going outside and making your own.

    07 Feb 2009, 21:31

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