It's blame culture innit? 2 complaints then light the blue touch paper and stand back. Here's a bandwagon, let me jump on.
Brand and Ross egged each other on like norty boys. I found it funny but I like Brand's humour anyway. I'll miss his R2 podcast.
It's like the interview with Chrissy Hynde once on his show - it's a 'difficult' interview, it goes a bit wrong and Brand ends up rambling about having sex with Chrissy and her daughter in a 'moms & daughters' porn style. Er, no complaints there from BBC as I recall.
For what it's worth my view of where the Andrew Sachs scene went wrong was Brand and Ross thought they were speaking to Manuel, not Andrew Sachs. His persona as an actor was lost, so what followed was almost like acting and unreal. I think that's why it escalated in the way it did.
I don't think it matters if 2 people or 30,000 people complain. If one person doesn't like it and finds it insulting and offensive then clearly there is a problem. I've now listened to it and I found it offensive and I'm hardly snow white. If any of us were to phone a colleague or a client and leave such a message, then we'd probably be sacked.
Thankfully Russell Brand has gone although he'll be back on another channel imminently, although why anyone finds him funny is beyond me.
And now Jonathan Ross is suspended for 3 months without pay (big deal!). Sadly he'll be back too.
I'm amazed by the number of people (in the press, and some on here) saying "it's funny" or "it's not funny". Is that relevant?
Surely the question of whether what they did was wrong, has nothing much to do with whether it was funny?
Ross; suspended for 12 weeks without pay....Fuck it's like being a pro fotballer
Yeah, he IS funny ... but I dont think that makes any difference.
If I phoned someone up, on a work phone in work time, and left an abusive message, I'd get sacked. And if everyone standing around though it was hilarious, that wouldn't get me out of it. Actually it'd probably make it worse. I don't think he should be sacked for being unfunny, because he isn't; nor for offending the listeners, because he didn't. I think he (Ross) should be sacked for making abusive phone calls. Isn't that, in fact, illegal?
They deserved a penalty, partly for what they did but more for bringing their employer into disrepute. They provided ammunition for the Beeb's many enemies (like the Daily Mail and Murdoch empire) at an already sensitive time for the corporation. That was the real offence. They should have known better, as should have the supervising editors.
I work for the Beeb, in the news rather than entertainment part. I can say with hand on heart that the Beeb's own extensive news coverage of the affair is in no way related to Woss's assertion a while back, at a time of cutbacks in the news department, that he was worth 1,000 news journalists. No siree, not a bit of it.
There's many a true word spoken in jest.
he has got high on his own supply so I for one would be glad to see him banished back to Baltimore.
JR steps down from hosting the comedy awards?
I wish Gary Megson would ring somebody and make smutty comments so that Bolton could get rid of him.
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