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Leave Jeremy Clarkson alone

Iva Kostadinova
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You don’t need to be a Top Gear fan, nor a ‘motorhead’ to be aware of the latest news about Jeremy Clarkson, the BBC irrepressible presenter.

If you’re still scratching your head, I’ll give you a hint – he’s the BBC host with “pubic hair” on his head, that recently got suspended by the broadcasting corporation along with his show, which apparently is the Guinness Book of Records holder for most watched factual programme in the world. The radical act is said to have happened in result of Jeremy’s punching a Top Gear producer over a catering quarrel.

Photo by Mikey

Photo by Mikey

Sure, this was only necessary since the presenter was already on his last warning from the BBC, given after an unaired video, where he mumbles the N-word amid the “Eeny, meeny, miny mo’” rhyme, somehow leaked in The Mirror. Or, shall I say, allegedly mutters it, since on breaking the news I replayed the footage about ten times and still failed to hear the deadly word. This is the guy who earlier on last year made the ‘slope’ pun in Top Gear’s Burma special episode. Yes, the very moment we all understood there’s another meaning of the word.

In the past Clarkson has mocked almost everyone. Various nationalities, strikers, politicians, homosexuals, gingers and a lot more. A little browse on the Internet would provide you with a themed list of the controversies. There’s even a separate page on Wikipedia about them. Most likely, there has been a case where you (yes, exactly you!) might have easily felt personally offended.

 The similarity? Everyone gets angry with the presenter, the BBC orders an apology to calm the restless spirits, Jeremy apologises on air and everything’s sorted. The show keeps on attracting more viewers than any other programme on the whole bunch of BBC channels. Or, would keep on attracting if it ever lives to see the artificial light of another filming day.

What I want to say can be simply summed up as “Leave the guy alone! You love him the way he is, so shut up!” and here is why.

Personally, I’m sick of hearing the phrase “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it!”, but it’s true. Clarkson is long famous for his big mouth (from the other day on, his fists, too). We all know that he is to use a wrecked Peugeot to make fun of French manufacturing. Let alone our expectations when the crew does a special episode set in a former Soviet state. You know what’s coming, either prepare for it or grab the remote and switch to one of those flatulent car TV shows where you have a presenter reciting the technical characteristics of the next family SUV.

Secondly, it’s not discrimination or whatever hatred you want to accuse him of, if it affects (almost) everyone just the same. Yes, today he’s mocking the Mexican and next Sunday he’s going to make jokes on cyclists. Not to mention, the Top Gear trio constantly makes fun of each other, showing in the entertaining and humorous spirit of the programme there’s actually equality. Just think of your hilarious friends: it must’ve been around the time you started using funny nicknames, pranked and made fun of each other’s clothes and significant others that you established that solid friendship bond, didn’t you? The truth is that you have to play on the edge if you want to get personal

Photo by Tim Loudon

Photo by Tim Loudon

Digging deeper into the Art of TV shows, you’ll find out that the popularity of a certain entertainment programme is in a direct ratio to how much the presenter is felt to reveal of themselves. Whether they truly show their nature is irrelevant. What matters is that they stand out. They aren’t soulless anchors, who simply stand up before the camera and read from their auto cues. They are people who are having fun in a friendly environment (it’s no coincidence that Top Gear is set in an aircraft hangar instead of a glossy studio), while apparently doing car reviews which is actually their job.

Finally, I want to urge Top Gear’s and Jeremy Clarkson’s critics to admit that the show is one of a kind and there is hardly a contender for its viewership ratings. Moreover, it’s not a short-lived TV fad like one of those reality shows. It’s been going on for decades, its fans all over the world are constantly increasing and there’s certainly a reason behind it. And part of this reason is the genuine humour in Jeremy’s lines.

Get over it. Or grab the remote

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  1. Garth

    Love the article! Excellent

  2. I’m not a fan of punching, misbehaving while already being warned about it so many times, Clarkson really should have got some kind of a punishment but not as extreme as quitting from the show. That’s too bad for the whole image of “Top Gear” and sooner or later BBC will regret this one act of theirs.
    I really love the article! Great job you did there and I couldn’t agree more with your ascertainment 🙂

  3. Iva Kostadinova

    No one can argue that violence is a positive thing or something anyone should be getting away with. The thing is that there are rules and laws which go beyond the BBC that should be dealing with this kind of issues. It’s called the Judiciary system. Give the producer a compensation and Clarkson – a community service, for example. It could actually benefit the BBC from a PR perspective. We don’t need the next raised finger and less they need to disappoint millions of fans worldwide while failing their own viewership campaign.

  4. Solaris

    Aren’t we commenting the fact that the old arrogant prick punched a guy in the face? That action alone is truly awful, especially judging by the means of it. He has been warned, and he made a mistake – he’s goner. It is that simple, regardless of the business context.
    If BBC make an exemption for him, it will be a bad message from a management point of view – it will mean that they are clowns.