Messrs Ross and Brand messed up royally, and apparently the BBC have now had 35,000 complaints, but it's the younger end of the market.. Radio 1 listeners... that - quote - "can't see what the fuss is about". Why doesn't that surprise me?
Thing is, what Ross & Brand did wasn't nice and it was stupid, BUT it was just a catalyst for a much bigger issue to come to the fore, and I think the supposed "over-the-top" public response is a backlash against the downward slide of society towards self, self, self and sod anyone else, as long as I'm getting my needs met. And that attitude just makes my blood boil.
Some people have said that we have much bigger issues to be concerned with in the UK right now, and I can see their point ~ we do have some pretty serious issues to deal with, but I have to admit that I am chuffed to bits that this has come up, as well, and broadcasting standards might improve as a result.
The bigger issue is about treating others as you would be treated yourself.. with respect, courtesy, consideration and dignity. Humour at the expense of someone else's dignity is NEVER, NEVER, NEVER acceptable, in my view.. It is just mindless and cruel.
And another thing... when you break it right down, the cause of teen violence (or any kind of violence, come to that) is indicative of a total breakdown of respect for other people.
Coming back to Ross & Brand, if our adults (and in particular a popular pair of adults/role models like these two) behave in such a rude and disrespectful manner, what message is that sending out to our kids?
As for the punishment? Well, if it were Acme Electrical Mechanical Engineering & Co Ltd, Joe Bloggs would undergo instant dismissal without notice for gross misconduct for bringing the firm into disrepute. I doubt very much that there would be any opportunity for verbal or written warnings, or suspensions.