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
thinking?

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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