The commentators 12-03-15
...on Jeremy Clarkson
I am really struggling to think of anyone else who has repeatedly used racial slurs on international TV and still brought home an estimated £3m annual earnings. It is absolutely in character that Clarkson is, judging from his larky Twitter feed, absolutely revelling in his suspension, because it feeds into this pose of his, just as media attacks on Ukip feed into that of Nigel Farage.
- Hadley Freeman, The Guardian
It is inconceivable that Top Gear could continue without Clarkson: he’s about as irreplaceable as it gets, and the idea that the other two alone could keep the show on the road is fanciful in the extreme. No surprise, however, that hundreds of thousands of people have signed an online petition demanding Clarkson’s reinstatement. In the unreconstructed land of the petrolhead, the unreconstructed man is king.
- Simon Kelner, The Independent
Judging by their larky tone on Twitter, I'm guessing that the Top Gear lads don’t feel that whatever took place was terribly serious. Let’s hope so. At the time of writing, however, the BBC, displaying its usual sound judgment and sense of proportion, has pulled the remaining three episodes of the current series of Top Gear from the schedules and refuses to discuss whether it will ever return. All together now: “Oh, for God’s sake.”
- Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph
Has Desperate Dan finally got his man? BBC television chief Danny Cohen appears determined to go down in history as The Man Who Sacked Jeremy Clarkson. If he succeeds he’ll be the toast of fashionable Shoreditch salons, a folk hero to the Guardianistas and all those who despise Top Gear for being too white, too male and, frankly, too damned British.
- Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail
Remember when Britain was Great? When Britannia ruled the waves? When most of the world’s map bore the pink tinge of the British Empire? When a pansy was the name of a flower, and nothing more? When you could supposedly get into a fight with a TV producer and not face any consequences? This seems to be what those behind the online petition to reinstate Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson are pining for.
- Joe Sandler Clarke, The Independent
Having restored some dignity to the victims, we have yet to learn not to glorify the killer - most particularly by not according him an identity that might secure him a place in folklore. That also means avoiding describing Emwazi as Isis's "star executioner" or saying that he "features" in the group's videos.
For six months we have been providing propaganda for Isis, and sprinkling words such as "evil", "vile", "depraved" around doesn't mitigate that failing.
- Emwazi is not a folk hero, let's stop treating him as if though were
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