2007-05-22 04:03:48 UTC
Fucking loonies. So its perfectly alright to have John Barrowman inviting
Andrew Lloyd Weber to shove his cock up his arse and bend over for some more
on the Jonathan Ross show, as if that is not offensive to Christians,
Muslims, Jews and the majority of the public who consider anal sex to be
perverted, but not this.
May 21, 2007
Clarkson censured for 'bit gay' car gibe
Sunday Times columnist Jeremy Clarkson is well known for his forthright
Nico Hines and agencies
Jeremy Clarkson, friend of the motorist and avowed enemy of political
correctness, was criticised this morning for labelling a car "a bit gay" on
Clarkson was unimpressed by the Daihatsu Copen, last year. He asked a member
of the studio audience on the BBC's Top Gear programme whether he would
consider buying one. The man replied, "No, it's a bit gay" and Clarkson
added, "A bit gay, yes, very ginger beer."
Ofcom, the media watchdog, ruled this morning that there was "no
justification" for the comment.
The watchdog turned to the Oxford English Dictionary and agreed that "gay"
can be used to mean "foolish, stupid and socially inappropriate, or
disapproved of and lame". However, it ruled that in conjunction with "ginger
beer", Cockney rhyming slang for queer, Clarkson intended to criticise the
car by describing it as homosexual.
In Top Gear Magazine the review of the Daihatsu described it as a "cutie
with a folding metal roof, aimed at those with a collection of sunglasses
and co-ordinating handbags".
Ofcom said: "In this edition of Top Gear, the presenter's use of a Cockney
rhyming phrase made clear he intended to give a particular meaning to use of
the word 'gay'. This, in Ofcom's opinion, meant that the use of the word
became capable of giving offence. In the context, there was no justification
for using the word in this way."
Stonewall, the gay rights group, welcomed the decision. "We're glad to see
that Ofcom has censured Jeremy Clarkson for the use of the word gay, in what
was clearly meant in a derogatory way. Clarkson should remember in future
that he is a presenter on publicly-funded TV before making such comments and
therefore should uphold certain standards of behaviour," said Vicky Powell,
The watchdog will take no further action as the BBC has already upheld
complaints made directly to the corporation and warned the programme's
production team not to repeat the offence.
"There was no doubt that it was being used in the sense of 'homosexual' and
was capable of giving offence," said Fraser Steel, the BBC head of editorial
Clarkson is reported to have responded: "It wasn't a gay car - it was
actually a bit lesbian."
The BBC had stood by Clarkson in February 2006 when Stonewall released a
report accusing the Top Gear presenter of making derogatory or offensive
references to homosexuality.
In December 2005 Clarkson was accused of offending Germans by mocking the
Mini for its new owners, BMW, on Top Gear.
He suggested the car be redesigned to be quintessentially German. "Give it
trafficators that go like that," he said, flapping his arm up and down in
Nazi-style to mimic old-fashioned car indicators. He suggested the car
should also be fitted with an "A satellite navigation system that only goes