Wednesday 25 April 2018

Are we too quick to be offended?

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson

Anne Marie Scanlon

Jeremy Clarkson has forged a career out of being a pantomime villain. His job, apart from presenting the TV show Top Gear, has been to offend anyone not exactly like him – a paunchy, middle-aged, conservative, white heterosexual male.

Unluckily for Clarkson, we live in the age of social media where we are all offended all of the time.

And boy, the outrage has been hitting the fan, and Clarkson, since unused Top Gear footage showed him possibly saying the N-word, surfaced. Law firm Equal Justice said they would write to President Obama requesting he ban Top Gear in the US. Are these people serious? Because Clarkson possibly said that word – in footage that was never broadcast? Obama is already busy helping to find the 200-plus schoolgirls who were abducted in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Those girls had also caused grave offence, by being female and wanting an education. See how it works, if you are offended, whether offence was intended or not, you can take as much retribution as you like. Whether you kidnap schoolgirls or vilify TV presenters, the rights of the offended trump all – it doesn't matter who they offend.

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