NEWS OF THE WORLD in their infinite wisdom have slapped more red paint across Jonny Ross’ CV, slamming his radio ad lib sesh as ‘sick’.
Protecting the non-existent preciousness of their readers, the tabloids were out in force this morning in an attempt to sabotage Jonathan Ross’ career. As the Daily Mail are again calling for the Estuary accented bloke to get sacked, maybe it is worth considering the consequences of losing Ross.
There wouldn’t be any less Londoncentrism, but losing the Friday Night would be another blow for the Beeb and the time-honoured tradition of asking Tom Cruise about flatulence. Ross, unlike his predecessor Parky, bites. He keeps his show relevant, comprehensible to a cosied-up audience that chooses to stay in on Friday and by teasing with puerile and facetious humour as well as banter, he moves away from a lot of mediocrity found on the same channel. Kissing goodbye to someone as marginally controversial as him would be a mistake. He is entertaining and appealing to a generation of multichannelists who would tire of watered down talkshow mush (pray this never happens) to the point where they’d be pleading with OfCom to not pay the licence fee.
Ross isn’t marketed as a creative comedian but a presenter, so naturally, it’s his job to gob off.
Russell Brand, former partner in crime, is marketed as a comedian although thanks to the Daily Mail, the yokelling suburban bandwagoners and the resulting Sachsgate, he has moved onto greater things with Johnny Depp. How does that look on the BBC? Or Channel 4, for that matter, who decided to keep him on the books? As much as I despise saying it, Disney have got a better idea of what the ‘sick’ media consumers want.
The BBC are actually responsible for a lot worse than Jonny Ross. Like ‘comedian’ Jim Davidson with his casual racism and sexism who for years, presented the pre-watershed Generation Game. The Mail and NOTW reckoned it was OK for the Beeb to pay a bloke who ridicules ethnic minorities but heavens, it’s really not okay for Jonathan Ross to swear, (no – a linguistic travesty!) make jokes about sex (not in a puritan country as ours!) or old people (but they are the stalwarts of society who we wouldn’t dream of ditching in homes) or for him to…be himself.
I’m more offended by shows that pander to the opposite – mundanity and saving face. You know those shows that promote the boring, shallow, make-yourself-beautiful-by-doing-what-we-say culture. For example, I watch ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid?’ on BBC Three, and whilst I like the fact that it trashes the plastic look women are told to aspire to, it still has as its central premise that women should “dramatically make-under” themselves by having their appearance judged by a robot called “Pod” in order to become more attractive to the opposite sex.
And because I didn’t like what I saw on a particular episode, I did the following: SWITCHED OVER. It’s not that hard to turn the dial on an old radio, either. When was it that audiences had forgotten they have choice?
Who gave them that idea?