Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is to be sacked, bringing to an end a 27 year career with the BBC and an overhaul of the show. A BBC source told The Guardian – “There can’t be one rule for talent and one rule for ordinary human beings”.
An EOSHD opinion.
Humour and creative risk taking are being pulled under by a faceless crowd of sanctimonious trolls. A culture is taking over, heavily pre-disposed to a savage online shaming game. As filmmakers and creative artists we should be aware of what is happening and try to prevent it… because we could be next.
Let’s suppose you’ve got a TV show with 350 million worldwide viewers. It’s sold around the world for £50m. One of the most watched BBC shows in the world.
Do you decide to protect the content, sorting out disagreements behind closed doors or do you cave into a vocal minority and the press, taking it completely off air before launching a month-long investigation?