Ipswich Labour MP Chris Mole has written a "strongly-worded" letter to the BBC's director general Mark Thompson demanding that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson be sacked for suggesting that lorry drivers routinely kill strumpets. Clarkson, 48, was "taking part in a lorry-driving task" during last Sunday's pre-watershed show …
Mr Angry from Surburton
So where do I write to commend Mr Clarkson, I here all the numbers banded around the amount of complaints, what about the hundreds of thousands of normal people that thought it was a funny throw away comment. Did Dads army and 'elo' 'elo' get this kind of negative press?
Why don't MPs just go and screw themselves?
I'm fed up with these knobheads complaining that people make light of the society they've created.
They don't do anything for anyone except feather their own nests using tactics such as this, stoking up people's irritation with other people, and benefitting from the ruck.
Perhaps if Harriet Harman and her ilk, hadn't incubated serial killers by attempting to ban anything men like doing, then we wouldn't have scores of whores no more.
I would like to know
How many of the 500 complaints arrived during the screening of the show, I mean your average viewer (I count myself among these) would almost expect this kind of “outrage" at least twice during the average episode of Top Gear (In fact it wouldn’t be Top Gear without these kind of crude, insensitive comments!)
Now, thanks to the iPlayer, so many people can watch again to make sure just how outrageous the comments were so they can fuel their indignation prior to writing that letter to the BBC to demand the resignation of the presenter.
Do I recall or did several thousand people sign the petition to get Jezza to be Prime minister? If Clarkson goes over 500 complaints then surely this prime minister has had more than that many complaints so he should also step down?
Maybe if Labour MP Chris Mole has had more than 500 dissatisfied constituents he should consider resigning as well?
Such integrity should be lauded
Cracking a joke that 500 people out of a few million find offensive is most certainly grounds for dismissal. Especially when balanced against a lying government that misleads a nation of 50+ million into an illegal war which not only offended millions of people but resulted in the deaths of thousands.
Not going to get far
I don't expect this to get as out of hand as the stupid Ross/Brand thing as the editors of the daily moan and the bun are probably big fans of old Clarkson and he write a column for the Bun. If this MP is just trying to start a band wagon so he can look holyier than thou hes chosen the wrong tv presenter.
By the way did anyone see the grand daughter of Scahs on TV i missed it? was she properly disgusted with Ross/Brand while doing her satanic pole dance?
It seems that OFCOM happily collect complaints but there is no obvious way to do the reverse and register support of an 'issue'. It would give a better view of public feeling.
Here we go again, yet more complaints from people who probably didn't even watch the show.
We are now in the situation where Daily Wail readers are scanning the BBC's programming, desperate to send an email to the hotly bookmarked complaints dept at anything offensive.
If people want to complain, then how about complaining about all the news channels recently being a 48hr Russell Brand/ Jonanthon Ross show whilst people were actually dying in the world.
Polotical correctness gone mad!
Would it have been the same reaction if it had been said by a stand up comic such as Jimmy Carr, on a different show? I doubt it. People are politically correct numpties... *slaps forehead*
In addition, once again, more people complained who never saw the show, than actually did on the night...!
something to consider...
all this is pre-recorded right? then surely someone looks over it and says 'yes, this can go out' - so, isnt it the responsibility of the producer rather than the presenter? we see them make swearing bloopers that never get shown so why not edit that 1 line out - in this OVERLY PC time.
i still say fuck em - jezza is a legend!
lets all get mps sacked if we dont like what they say - we are paying THEIR wages too!
Chris mole aka sad tw@ with no sense of humour
Seriously, how the hell has this made news everywhere, it was and still is a bloody joke ffs,
how long is it gonna be before the "PC Brigade" tards get all jokes totally banned on tv,
i myself have long been a fan of clarkson and co and top gear obviously, and im convinced there must be sad bastards out there that watch the show purely looking for something to complain about, then they make a complaint or ring the daily mail, so sick of the spineless BBC, if they get alot of viewers, it tends to indicate more people like top gear than dislike, and those that dislkike shouldnt be bloody watching.
Ban the bloody pc brigade before this country isnt allowed a sense of humour.
Strongly worded letter...
"Ipswich Labour MP Chris Mole has written a "strongly-worded" letter to the BBC's director ..."
What a waste of time - Mr Mole, here's a strongly worded sentence:
MP's - stop wasting your time on things like this and sort out the economy/pensionsNHS/public transport/roads out.
Daily-mail reading twunts...
You can leave comments of support on the BBC's complaints website.
Get cracking everyone. I'm sure we can muster >500 pro messages.
So there have allegedly been 500 complaints about Clarkson and on one site there have been 110 comments on an article about a slightly misguided bandwagon jumper?
The conclusion we should draw is that if this person is allowed on TV to defend their views, THEN WE SHOULD ALL COMPLAIN TO OFCOM!
Quite clearly he's offending the entire population by implying that because 500 people are thick enough to complain about Jezza's limited sense of humour, we're all that thick.
If they fire you over that, i'll be writing a strongly worded letter to my MP...
The one with... No, sorry, too many repeated jokes in this post.
If your local Member of Parly...
...has enough time to be not only having the TV on but actually watching it enough to catch a dumbass throwaway line, they're NOT WORKING ENOUGH. Bejaysus, I don't have the time to even reach-behind-the-unit-to-the-socket-because-it's-off-to-save-electricity-from-being-on-standby and switch the effing thing on and I don't get paid even half as much as this muppet's expenses. Even half! Eh, who am I jesting? A lot less than that.
And I have an interest in this as it's the other half's muppet MP...MUPPETS!!! Can we have a muppet icon please for dumbass parly dude stories that don't relate to black helos? Although actually this could be a black helo story. They're really driving that self-censorship thing to extremes.
Calls for his head
Why would anyone want ten pounds of ugly fat?
I am getting extremely tired of people putting the word 'gate' after anything which is slightly controversial or scandalous.
I'm not sure why it inspires so much ire in me, but it does.
FFS Watergate was Watergate because that was the name of the bloody building.
The entomology of gate is from the word for road or street. It has nothing to do with the fact it's a scandal. STOP USING GATE IN THIS WAY!
First person to refer to my comment as gate-gate gets a twatting!
Did he even mention...
the term "Trucker", "Truck Driver" or "Lorry Driver"?
I seem to recall that he used the term "Lorryist" throughout.
So, since I've never heard anyone describe themselves as a Lorryist, how can anyone be offended.
I spoke to an ex-trucker friend of mine about this. He found that particular slot on TG hilarious, as did I. Anyone who didn't probably doesn't appreciate any of JCs humour, so why are they watching TG? The BBC routinely transmit stuff that I dislike, but that doesn't mean that I for one second think I should call for it to be removed.
People need to get a life, and just ignore stuff they don't like.
It's fair enough, the 'gate' suffix - it's just become a shorthand that everyone immediately understands. It's nicely flippant and wry, I think - hyperbolic, usually. You've just described the etymology of it - that doesn't undermine it at all from where I stand.
What might undermine your own point slightly is that you explained it as the 'entomology', which I believe is the study of insects.
He's just jealous of Toad (Clarkson), because of Toad's obsession with cars.
Next thing, Mole, Badger (the misanthropic Brown?) and Ratty (the Daily Heil's Paul Dacre) will be off to Jezza's place and put him under house arrest.
Jezza will duly escape, nick a lorry and be arrested for making jokes insensitive to the feelings of ordinary Heil readers, who confuse fork lifts with 38 tonners.
What an insignificant little jumped up twat Mole is - as in the book, he's obviously baffled by real life.
BBC can do nothing..if they do then its curtains
Essentially Top gear is the biggest money spinner for the BBC since the Teletubbies. Its worth a fortune around the world and has in effect become a highly recognisable brand.
Try selling Celebrity arseholes on Ice to any other country..no? Not interested Finland?
If the BBC do anything about this then we know darker (or stupider) forces are at work and TV as we know it wont exist in 12 months time. Next Have I got News For You and Mock The Week will be gone. Anyone going against the PC line will be silenced.
However, I'm sure ITV, Sky or CH4 would snap them up in no time.
Julie Moult is an idiot.
If anyone googles "Julie Moult" you'll see a veritable ton of websites/blog entries about how stupid she is, and why she's been 'googlebombed'.
Can we do the same for this idiot of a politician?
Chris Mole is an idiot.
@ Sarah Bee
We're not worthy :-)
As theyworkforyou says
Voted for the Iraq war, ID cards, foundation hospitals, student fees, current anti-terror laws and for replacing Trident. Since he doesn't have any independent thoughs on the big issues, he's got plenty of time to come up with stupid irrelevances of his own.
Re: Sarah Bee
Touché. Thats what happens when you rely too much on the spell checker in Firefox ;)
I still hate the use of gate though.
There are some problems with your comment: A title is required.
MP - Try doing your PROPER job not crap like this
Jezza - A serious telling off yes but sacking? FFS MP's like the above muppet do worse and get less!
Well, there you have it!
Reading through the 120 posts (so far), I think anyone with half a brain can get the idea. Chris Mole has gone about this in the wrong way, has made himself look like a total Mail-reader, and Jezza comes out of it with a lot more respect generally for exhibiting a sense of humour rather than covering everything up in political correctness, something which so many politicians do to avoid the drubbing they so fear.
Could this be the beginning of the long awaited backlash against political correctness? I really hope so.
Hurry up and call an election so the people of Ipswich can sack Chris Mole.
No 10 Petition
We should start a No 10. petition to have Chris Moles sacked for wasting public time and money in his bid to gain cheap publicity? I'd do it myself, but I'm far too lazy and not really that bothered about the issue, but it would be interesting to see just how many signatures it ended up getting, especially if it went viral! Rather more than 500 I'd wager.
No place on the BBC
Forget dismissing him, he may crop up elsewhere, Clarkson is a cancer on society, he should be held at Belmarsh until dead.
BBC compaints table
Clarkson < 1000 .... no action
Ross/Brand < 50,000 .... slight action
Dr Who cancelled (late 80's) > 500,000 ..... no action
tells its own story, innit
@ Les Matthew
You sir owe me a keyboard & Monitor!
"Calls for his head
Why would anyone want ten pounds of ugly fat?"
i have sent them a praise via their website:
praise jezza... lets start the 'grow some balls bbc' campaign right here, right now!
now, i just need to send an email to toad hall to this mole fella... this is going to be fun!
I followed a lorry this morning to work...
...on which someone had daubed in the grime on the back of the wagon:
"NO DEAD PROSTITUTES STORED IN THIS VEHICLE OVERNIGHT".
It amused me. :-)
I've taken to...
...writing to OFCOM in *support* of programs that are getting complaints. Think about it - Top gear has in excess of 2 million viewers. 500 appear to have complained. Do the maths - that's around 0.01% of the viewers. Assuming they were viewers and not bandwagon-jumping Mary Whitehouse wannabes that were "shocked and disgusted" by something they didn't actually see but read about in the Mail.
If the other 1,999,500 wrote in to *support* the program, I wonder what the OFCOM report would read?
They should be asking him to do it again...
It's a scientifically proven fact that Jeremy Clarkson is so sarcastic that nothing he says is ever believed as truth. In fact, the opposite is often true. Therefore, by saying all truckers kill hookers, Clarkson is in fact convincing most Top Gear viewers that truckers do not kill hookers.
Does anyone else remember his little safety video about level crossings? He managed to boil it down to "If you don't want a train to crash into your car, wear a reflective jacket", but knowing the average Top Gear watcher (myself included), they probably respected and got the real message from that video a hundred times more than the serious, patronising and boring safety campaigns you normally get. If the BBC fire him (as if!), it'll be a mistake.
Can anyone find out if the MP in question reads the Daily Wail?
About one in ten people complain when they would LIKE to complain. A rough rule of thumb. So that 0.01% is probably about the 0.1% mark.
Lots of people are lazy and would rather let someone else complain.
This does have its problems: if there aren't many complaints, the "completely hatstand" segment have a bigger say. E.g. one of the complaints about "Mission Impossible" (the movie) was "it was too complicated".
About the only way that could be taken is that they didn't know who the baddie was until the movie was more than half over.
But they listened to the barnpot brigade and MI2 had the baddie reveal himself as the baddie before the opening credits.
If a strongly worded letter does nothing....
...may I suggest a politely worded one to the MP in question?
"Dear Mr Mole,
As you appear to be a member of parliament yet also appear to be part of the Labour faction why is it that you appear to have no sense of humour? Surely you realise that your party is a joke? Admittedly, not a very funny one.
Kindest Regards etc, etc..."
I will happily continue to watch Jeremy Clarkson on TV, read his columns and buy the books because so much of what he says are things that I agree with or at least can see his point on. If it wasn't for the touchy-feely brigade then he'd be hailed as a national hero .Hang on a minute, he is! Who else can I rely on to give a true opinion without pretending to be "unbiased"?
I can only expect that Mr Clarkson will say something about corrupt, money grabbing, publicity seeking, over paid twats who are MPs or should I say perhaps something about them being honest upright, hardworking people who are under paid.
I guess either would insult the publicity hungry twats like Mole.
Paris, 'cos she might have a well used one, but Mole is one.
Chris Mole MP
Mostly Pathetic... This is a clear case of "tail wags dog". A useless sponge trying desperately to raise his profile above the parapet of a paper castle occupied entirely by more useless sponges by bowing down (or bending over) to knee-jerk pressure from a minority group who openly represent the employees within an illegal trade. Would he be so quick to represent the legalise cannibals alliance? He can prise Jeremy Clarkson from my cold dead remote.
Here's what I sent to Mole:
Comments regarding Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear
I watched the programme and to be honest, the comment completely passed me by. I think that your stance in trying to get Clarkson sacked is extremely childish and immature. The way that things are going, we will end up with "Watch with Mother" at Primetime (Or "Watched by Nu Labour" given the draconian plans of Jacqui Smith who knows about as much about IT as a dead Parrot)
Butt out, leave us alone and stop throwing your ministerial clout around in an attempt to raise your own public profile. All you are doing is to get the backs up of voters and helping to sink your party into the abyss of fail.
Your party tax us enough and give nothing back. Is there nothing that you don't want to interfere with and take the fun out of? Never mind...You lot wont be around for much longer.
And try http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/418.html to email him.
I also phoned the BBC complaints line and registered an "Anti-complaint"
I though the gag was one of his best, probably the only bit in the show that made me actually laugh out loud!
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