Sometimes, the stupidity of people amazes me. Especially the stupidity of people who know full-well that they’ll get criticised if they do something wrong which is related to their profession.
As a nation, we do like to have a drama. There’s nothing more enjoyable than a good, old, scandal. But have you noticed how scandals always die down and simply become forgotten about after a few weeks? That’s the British way.
I follow Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on Twitter- reading their tweets really is like a live version of Top Gear. Yes, Jeremy Clarkson is a bit of a prat and comes out with some questionable comments sometimes, but remember that he’s in the same profession as Samantha Brick and a little bit of controversy is never a bad thing.
If you’re someone who’s always in the public eye, you have to be a little careful of being caught breaking the law. Back in March 2008, Jeremy Clarkson was caught using his mobile phone whilst driving- a crime worthy of 3 points on your driving licence. Jeremy Clarkson was out in his rare left-hand drive, green Mercedes, so he stood out like a sore thumb. The media had a frenzy and everyone complained that he had done it, but of course they would do because he presents a motoring show.
Yesterday, on Twitter, James May posted a photo of the speedometer in his Rolls Royce showing just over 70mph. Technically, he’s committed two offences here- speeding and using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving. It’s ok though, because he quickly said that it was a passenger who took the photo and that he posted it when he had pulled over. That’s ok then.
Unfortunately for James May, the wooden dashboard of his Rolls Royce is obviously looked after and polished on a regular basis. We know this because it reveals the reflection of his left hand, holding a camera phone and taking a photo of his speedometer. Oops.
Jeremy Clarkson was quick to defend him and told everyone that James May travels around with a rear-seat passenger who reaches round and hugs him all of the time. And wears the same watch as James May. Oops again.
I’m fairly certain we’ll see this in the newspapers at some point very soon and James May will probably get a ticking-off from the BBC. Angry Twitterers already responded to him about his recklessness so it can’t be long before everyone else jumps on the bandwagon.
It was irresponsible, but I thought it was funny. It’s not something I would have done if I was the television presenter of a motoring show because I just don’t like aggravation. Also, it’s just plain stupid.