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"Fair and Unbiased"

So, Top Gear's man of mystery, the Stig, has unmasked himself in order to sell his book. The BBC is objecting to the publication of the book on the grounds that it breaches contractual and confidentiality agreements.

HarperCollins, the would-be publishers of the book, have issued a press release in which they say that they "are disappointed that the BBC has chosen to spend licence fee payers' money to suppress this book".

Remind me again who owns HarperCollins, and why they might want to make political capital at the BBC's expense in the run-up to the renegotiation of the BBC charter, and possible abolition of the license fee.

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Top Gear does have some particularly insidious and unpleasant aspects in particular if you saw the episode with Louis Walsh (?) the dance instructor guy, it really would not have been out of place in a "weren't the 70s awful" retro program. Lots of insinuations that if you weren't careful a gay man would likely rape you in the long grass and presenters making comic excuses for it. Quite why Louis whatsisname felt able to lend himself to it I just don't know but it really was cringe-worthy TV and unfortunately likely to appeal to just exactly the kind of person who shouldn't have that stereotype reinforced. Ugh. Loathesome.

The problem is that under it is a very entertaining and watchable program. I just don't know why they have to cover it in some kind of cloak of homophobia, anti-environmentalism and so on. As if liking cars implied you also wanted to club seals, chop down the rainforest and keep queers in a ghetto.

Precisely. Its no more offensive than, say, Bernard Manning or Roy 'Chubby' Brown, and for decades those on the receiving end of those jokes were expected just to put up with it.

*laugh* It's no more offensive than things deemed (rightly IMHO) too offensive for modren television. Well that's true!

However, for fear of turning someone elses LJ into a place to have a bit of a barney (which though nmg will I'm sure remain a good bloke throughout, is still not ideal), I feel that this (profanity strewn) article here might be handy in reminding us not to take ourselves TOO seriously...


Heh... yes, that's fair enough. I have only a mild curiousity about who the Stig is. If it's Ben Collins that's cool, I've seen him race and he was pretty good. I'd only vaguely heard of Perry McCarthy before his UnStigging.

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