Some perspective on the Ross/Brand row

Martin Rowson nails it with today’s Guardian cartoon (language warning).

If you don’t know what this is about – lucky you! – then click here for some background.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s found himself reaching this week for Lord Macaulay’s line about how there is “no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodic fits of morality”. On the other hand, what Rowson’s cartoon perhaps misses is the likelihood that the ludicrous over-reaction to the Ross/Brand situation is the result of people looking for something to take their minds off the financial and economic problems of recent months.

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3 Responses to Some perspective on the Ross/Brand row

  1. Phil Walker says:

    I just wish the news media would get some perspective. The story about those twits has managed to cop the 8:10 slot three times this week. It perhaps warranted a brief mention at about 8:50, followed by an announcement once heads had rolled and perhaps an interview then. The perpetual hand-wringing gets old pretty quickly.

    Maybe that’s the idea: bore everyone with scandals at the BBC, and then no-one will care when something truly outrageous happens.

  2. Jon D says:

    Sirs,
    We live in times when football hooligans can and are often arrested and charged for offensive and derogative comments so, why should we not thus expect that these two individuals Brand & Ross be subject to likewise merely because they are ‘Stars,’ are famous or, in the public eye and thus avoid similar.
    There is a fundamental flaw within our society when we resort to, allow to be acceptable that which is and should clearly be not, in the pursuit of alleged humour, which this incident clearly was not. Les Dawson was humorous without going down the path, that these two individuals went down. So what does it say about Us, the way and path, in which the society which we live in is and has allowed to have permitted. Endless BBC and Channel 4 shows, even Channel Five have in the past been guilty of inflicting this path of human degeneration and vilification, it is sadly ‘the norm.’ A sad reflection of the way our society has evolved. That in it self does not excuse and make it either right or appropriate. We have for too long allowed, permitted and accepted that it is acceptable, ‘ok’ when famous stars, people within the Media, the public-eye, swear, ridicule, insult others, often without justification or cause. The fact is that until now many of us, myself included, have just sat back and allowed it to happen. Allowed each successive generation to demise both speech and language, deface, debase that which we refer to as the English language. Christian values and attitudes have been thrown to the proverbial window, to the extent that those who call themselves Christians have either resorted to similar aspects or condoned such behaviour as being acceptable, often without complaint or moral outlay.
    The fact is that any one of us, as members of the Public could even now make a formal complaint to the Metropolitan Police force re this incident and against these two individuals/involved BBC staff/BBC Board of Governors should we so wish to do so and the matter would (a) have to be investigated and (b) if the Crown Prosecution Service felt that it was in the public interest criminal charges brought bring forth and individuals and organisations to be held accountable.

  3. J Random Hermeneut says:

    “Hear Hear!” grumble, mumble, ruckus…. er, oh sorry, thought this was a parliamentary session for a moment.

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