I am utterly nonplussed by the Russell Brand-Jonathan Ross fallout. What’s with the insanely disproportionate reaction? Grovel a much-needed apology, by all means, then grovel some more, but why the need for ritual disembowelling?
Brand “resigns”; Ross is suspended without pay for three months; the controller Lesley Douglas, who is revered by her creative stable, falls on her sword; and Radio 2 self-harms in order to assuage 30,000 members of the public - a few streets’ worth - because two clever, talented men made a grotesquely tasteless joke, for which they apologised profusely - if late in the day.
The corporation’s desire to show moral backbone has left it looking spineless. The millions of viewers and listeners who didn’t complain are left deprived of the entertainment that they, too, pay their licence fee for. What on earth is going on?
She also goes on to say how Brand and Ross, while great entertainers, do have the "Achilles' heel", as she puts it, of treating women reductively, let's say. Well worth a read.
I'll be posting a comment on TVScoop tomorrow about what the whole affair means for comedy on the Beeb, so I'll cross-post here. Something to look forward to, eh? ;)