Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why the BBC Made a Fool of Themselves by Firing Jeremy Clarkson.

Alexander Carabitses

(Image credited to the BBC)

Unless you live under a rock, you probably heard about Jeremy Clarkson's little mishap that has now cost him his job as the host of the British TV series, Top Gear.  If you haven't, all you have to know is that Clarkson punched a producer for bringing his dinner to him late.  The final episodes of season 22 of Top Gear were canceled, and as of March 25, 2015, Jeremy Clarkson has been fired.

As much as I hate to see Jeremy go, I must admit that it was very ridiculous to flip out the way that he did, just because his dinner was late.  However, the BBC has just made an ass of itself by firing Clarkson.  This has nothing to do with the fact that people may lose interest in the show (I'm sure a few will), because James May and Richard Hammond are still on the show.  In my mind, the BBC shouldn't have fired him yesterday, and they shouldn't of had to.  Clarkson should have been fired years ago.

Lets list a few of the things Clarkson has said and done over the years:

  • He said that people who work for Hyundai-Kia in South Korea eat dogs.
  • He used a racist slur against an Asian guy who was walking on a bridge that Top Gear built.
  • He used the n-word, while reciting a nursery rhyme in one of the original takes for an episode.
  • He said that strikers should be "shot in front of their families".
  • He called a car "gay" on TV
  • He posted a picture of himself driving, also mentioning that he had beer in his cup holder.

Those are only a few, but the list goes on, and on, and on...........

But, after all of those incidents, the most that Clarkson had to do was issue a public apology, as he was given a warning by the TV network.  Remember, most of these things happened on air, while cameras were on, and these statements were offensive to a lot of people, yet nothing happened to Clarkson.  Now he's been fired for punching a producer, behind closed doors, within the BBC studios, where management could have stepped in to resolve the matter.  All they had to do was cancel the rest of season 22, make Clarkson apologize, mandate that he go to anger management, and then move on.  If the BBC was willing to keep Clarkson after he said the the n-word, which is by far the most controversial word in the english language (many other people who have said the word on TV have lost their jobs, Paula Deen being one example), then they could surely keeping him after he punched a guy.  The BBC waited too long, and picked the wrong incident to fire Clarkson, when there were better cases for him to lose his job.

That's all that I have to say on this issue.  Have a good weekend.

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