So, according to media regulator Ofcom, Jonathan Ross did not breach the broadcasting code when he said gay children should be adopted.
You remember, don’t you, when he said – live, on his Radio 2 show – that male children who appeared to be gay (by virtue of bringing home a Hannah Montana MP3 player [how out of touch with gays is he, incidentally?]) should be put up for adoption before they brought their ‘partner’ home?
Jonathan Ross did later apologise for what he said, s’true. And we’re not ones to sulk so that was enough for us to draw a line, start a new page, etc. But it’s Ofcom’s reckless dismissal of such offensive comments that worries us *draws frown lines on face; we ain’t got them, see; (Boots No. 7 Protect and Perfect Serum)*
Riddle-dee-diddle-dee-diddle-dee us this, Ofcom. If Jonathan Ross had said black children or Jewish children should be adopted, would he have gotten away with it? Non. We repeat, non. (Obviously a parent would, generally speaking, know from the offset if their child was black or Jewish, but the sentiment remains the same.)
This is what Ofcom had to say on the matter:
‘The comment was clearly presented as a joke intended to make light of the reactions that some parents may have if their child chooses a toy that is very widely recognised to be designed and marketed for the opposite sex. The humour was therefore based on the absurdity of the scenario and was not intended to cause offence.
‘The fact that this comment was intended to be a joke was illustrated further by the reaction from Andy Davies, who was heard laughing. Ofcom therefore considered that the nature of the joke and the tone and manner in which it was presented made clear that it was not intended to be hostile or pejorative towards the gay community in general.’
Two words: Absolute bollocks.
So, according to Ofcom, anyone can be as offensive and perjorative as they like, so long as Andy Davies is laughing somewhere in the background.
And no, it wasn’t offensive to the gay community in general – just gay children. Vulnerable gay children. A demographic currently experiencing the highest rates of suicide. So you know, it’s always nice to hear from one of the most powerful men in broadcasting that if you’re gay, your parents will probably want to get rid of you. We don’t think a kid literally on the brink would give a flying fuck whether Andy Davies is laughing in the background.
We rest our Burberry* case, m’lord.
*When will they get the hint?