in the news recently has been a story about Jeremy Clarkson, the presenter of Top Gear on the BBC being suspended for allegedly throwing a punch at a producer. This has made the front pages of all the national newspapers in the UK and even the Prime Minister has felt the need to jump on the band wagon to air his opinion on the matter. Firstly, why is this making the news anyway and secondly, why is the Prime Minister even talking about this? With this being an election year shouldn’t he have more important matter to think about rather than a scuffle at work?
Clarkson has been a difficult person throughout his career and has made public racist comments and been insulting to people all over the world but because Top Gear is one of the BBC’s most popular products he has been allowed to get away with it. Now this latest incident, the throwing of a punch at a producer and, now wait for it, it was because after a shoot at a top class hotel no food had been laid on by the caterers, the BBC has seen to finally act. The presenter has been suspended.
If this had been any number of people working in a normal environment, the throwing of a punch at a co-worker would be instant dismissal, so why is Clarkson any different? Why is he allowed to flaunt the rules and standards that the rest of society, or should I say less privileged society has to adhere to? Why does popularity breed contempt for the laws of the land? Why do we pander so much to celebrity?
I think it’s time we got our priorities right and made an example of Clarkson so that others in the limelight don’t make the same mistake of thinking they are above the law.
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