Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Brand loyalty...

The public outcry over the Russell Brand/Jonathan Ross telephone prank on Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs gathers momentum, as (surprise, surprise) the politicians get involved. Tory media spokesman Jeremy Hunt (not rhyming slang) has expressed concern, fifteen MPs have called for licence fee money not to be used to pay the pair and even our glorious leader GB has got involved, declaring the prank as "inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour". This has all put tremendous pressure on BBC Director General Mark Thompson to take action, as Sachs' granddaughter, Georgina Baillie, has called for the pair to be sacked.
Now, I'm no prude, but even I recognise that the prank calls were probably in quite poor taste, and that the decision to broadcast them shows a degree of insanity on the part of someone at Radio 2, but come on, let's get our priorities right. This story has overwhelmed the media all week, when there are far more important things going on in the world. Take action or don't take action, but enough is enough; talk about making a Manuel out of a molehill.

Today's Haiku Film Review:

Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979) -

Not the Messiah,
Just a very naughty boy,
Chapman plays Brian.

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