Saturday, 31 July 2010

Malty bait

 As Clare Balding remarks:
One can't change AA Gill.

He's had a go at the Welsh, ('ugly, pugnacious trolls' and that's the nice bit), the good people of Cheshire, the Albanians, the Germans, the English, etc. etc. But now, he's really bitten off more than he can chew. He's having a go at the lesbians or, more particularly, national-treasure-designate Clare Balding, who he described as a 'dyke'. Balding:
"This is not about me putting up with having the piss taken out of me, something I have been quite able to withstand, it is about you legitimising name calling. 'Dyke' is not shouted out in school playgrounds (or as I've had it at an airport) as a compliment, believe me."

Fair enough. Gill is now being Twitter-whipped:
The spat is being followed by thousands of people on Twitter. Balding, who made her debut on the microblogging site earlier this week to call Gill a "twat", is now seeking advice from fellow tweeter Stephen Fry. Last night former the Labour deputy leader John Prescott tweeted his support for Balding, referring to Gill as "a shit".

I'm sure Malty - commenter-extraordinaire and Gill-nemesis - could elaborate on JP's unusually pithy summary judgement. Shame he don't tweet.


malty said...

I would suppose, that having the word 'critic' tattooed in a prominent position is bound to attract a certain amount of ire, possibly because much criticism is petulant, amateurish and counter productive. This should not detract from the role that many critics play, informative, witty, constructive, they do educate us.
AA Gill seems to be a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde, quality wise, has emotional problems, the cause of which may be an overdraft problem at RBS or having to wear incontinence equipment under his togs, whatever, the end result is an occasionally amusing bloke in a surplus to requirements job (TV critic) are they joking, the newspapers, paying someone to tell us what the programmes are like after we've seen the things ourselves.
Who told these people that we are so dim we need to have someone explain QI to us.

The lad should have married Kirsy Wark, they compliment each other.

Sean said...

Believe you me Garth, when the Kids get to 10 and they come home with the playground chatter, you will be pleased they dont go further than the term "Dyke", its a pretty tame description.

What ive heard from my kids is a lot worse than ive heard at any construction sites ive spent time on.

But thats what you get when you start trying to "own" the language, you get a nasty backlash from those who dont wish to be corralled.

Gaw said...

Malty: Can we look forward to reading your memoirs one day?

Sean: Meh.

malty said...

They will simply read 'he came, he saw, he went'