|LETTERS FROM LONDON
|2. CU NEXT TUESDAY:
‘Word up! It's the code word. No matter where you say it, you'll know that you'll
be heard.’ Cameo.
'C..ts, obnoxious bigots, it.’ A few words used to describe women last week.
CU next Tuesday: Freudian slips flourish at the BBC. The most insulting ‘c’
word has been tossed with curiously cavalier abandon. Last December on
Radio 4 James Naughtie referred to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt was
Jeremy Cunt while Andrew Marr continued the trend the same day. A fortnight
later, on BBC 24 news, famed footballer Eric Cantona became Eric Cunt. More
recently Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman’s gave it a go: “Supposing, though some
of the people who ought to be paying taxes so the cunts, cuts aren't so bad
aren't actually doing so,” suppressing a smile. Oh dear. What exactly were they
In the latest episode of BBC3’s (not clever) Episodes, (television series created
by Friends co-creator David Crane and Mad About You writer Jeffrey Klarik)
Matt LeBlanc plays himself indistinguishable from Joey and he uses the ‘c’
word to his ex-wife. Not funny. When interviewed, British actress in the series,
Tamsin Grieg (from the truly clever and funny Black Books and mental Green
Wing) thought his using the ‘c’ word was absolutely hil-a-ri-ous. I am assuming
she’s being paid a hell of lot of money to say that.
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