I’m sad to say that I’m not astounded by all this hulabaloo surrounding Jeremy Clarkson’s seemingly imminent reinstatement to the Top Gear team.
This is not the first time he’s been at the centre of controversy and every time he has, a similar fuss has been made.
There’s always some sort of petition going around the country asking him to: a) be sacked, or b) given one more chance.
He’s a divisive figure, you either love him or hate him.
Except me! I couldn’t care less.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Top Gear, and I like Clarkson on it. Whatever one’s grievances with him, no-one can deny he’s one of the BBC’s best broadcasters.He’s funny.
On the flip side, he’s an arrogant ass and a complete dong who would drive me up the wall if I was to spend any considerable amount of time in his presence. As such, part of me feels it would be a shame for him to leave as Top Gear would certainly be less entertaining without him, but at the same time, I don’t feel sorry for him if he is given the boot.
My overriding feeling however, is that there are so many more important and interesting developments going on in the world at the moment – so why is Clarkson’s face on the front page of every newspaper and why is everyone so obsessed with him?
Perhaps I am doing myself a disservice by even giving the time of day to this topic, and am just as guilty as every other news outlet that covers it. However, this is just the latest in a long line of celebrity ‘fracas’ and stories that are clogging up the columns and a perfect example of how, as a society, we are becoming more and more self (and celebrity) obsessed and inward looking.
There was a time when the slaughter of an entire town with 2,000 inhabitants in Nigeria, or the ever increasing gap between the super-rich and super-poor would cause outrage. Or at least, I desperately hope that it would.
Yet, we passively accept these things. Who cares if thousands are slaughtered in Africa? It doesn’t affect us. There are more and more people relying on food banks every day? Meh, I’m not one of them, they should have studied harder in school, it’s their own fault.
Jeremy Clarkson might be sacked by the BBC? But that would ruin my Sunday night! I must start a petition in order to prevent this travesty!
Give me a break! These people would likely have never signed a petition about any sort of social or economic injustice in their lives, because it most likely doesn’t affect them. Yet their Sunday night viewing cannot possibly be tampered with it as it is far more important that they watch a program about cars that they could never afford in their wildest dreams.
This is indicative of the moral decline of British society. We are becoming ever more self obsessed, and fail to care sufficiently about other people.
Genuinely important stories are now subordinated to celebrity stories, because most of us care more about how to be more like them, rather than focusing on how we can help others.
Most news outlets now fail to do their duty, and report only the stuff that we want to hear, in order to get more money and we shamelessly lap it up.
Ebola was a hot topic in the news recently, but for the wrong reasons. The West rarely focuses on the plights of the third world, particularly Africa. However, when a deadly disease has the potential to come and spread through the developed world, then all of a sudden it is newsworthy, because it could affect us.
There was no altruistic motive by the Government in sending help, nor the media in reporting it. If there was, then quite clearly, we would be helping tackle corruption and poverty – the biggest killer in Africa.
However, most of us are in no danger of dying from poverty, so best focus on the disease that can kill us.
Who cares about Clarkson? It’s time the media started holding the Government to account, and started reporting on important issues.
A Top Gear presenter having a fight with somebody has no place in the national conversation, and nor should we encourage it to.