Certainly saying that the Strikers – and we are probably talking about the Nurse and Hospital staff who saved the life of Richard Hammond after his horrific car crash – in moangst the the people he wants to shoot was something we have all said in a moment of hyperbole, along with such things as ‘I hate’ someone or ‘I could kill you’ – a sense of frustration with the situation which presents itself as something greater than it. It was that frustration that led to infamous ‘Twitter Joke Trial‘ which led the life of Paul Chambers effectively being ruined as the authorities’ relentlessly pursued the legal case to the point where he lost his job. Anyone with a normal sense of humour, or experienced the level of frustration can empathise, or even for ‘comic effect’ but it is not this that has me annoyed.
After Clarkson made the ‘joke’ he then went onto to say ‘in front of their families’ – this is the really offensive comment, that he should invoke, even in humour, the thought of the IRA executing victims in cold blood in front of their families, their children, their wife’s, their mothers; it is the ‘add on’ which is truly offensive, which crossed the boundary of humour. Humour does have it its boundaries and a good comic or TV personality knows those limits and pushes them ever so slightly, but never crosses them.
If that was not bad enough Clarkson then went on to complain about his trains being delayed at Reading normally because of suicide victims delaying his service – totally reprehensible, and insensitive -this perhaps Clarkson so visit the families of the people who were in state that they threw themselves in front of his preceding train, or perhaps the people who had to pick up the body parts afterwards, or the Police as they tell their family of the news.
I don’t like Clarkson, never have, and never will, and this has being the final nail in his coffin, and hopefully his career.
His humour obviously appeals to some sections of the community, he even had a following in Norway as Ander Brevik who did actually go out and shoot 90 Norwegian Socialists, whilst Clarkson cannot be responsible for who reads his books and what they do as a result it is, I suggest, pandering to a segment of our psyche that really does not need pandering to.
Clarkson has made an mealy mouthed apology, well not so much an admission that both his ‘jokes’ were offensive, or at least insensitive, but that some people were offended – this is not an apology – even in a Politicians vocabulary I would suggest this is not an apology – an apology would be going to work on a Hospital Ward or a day with the ‘Bin Men’ so he can see, and understand what their lives are like – perhaps it would be good for a few politicians to do the same!