It’s been a while since I had a good old rant so the pressure’s been building… and now it’s going to blow! There are some things that I am sick to death of seeing and hearing about on telly, and here’s just a few of them…
For a start, as good as she undoubtedly is, I am sooooooooooooooooo sick of hearing about Susan Boyle; she’s like poop in a cow field – you just can’t avoid her. Yes, she’s good, yes she’s ‘plain’ looking, yes people in the media industry are gagging to give her a makeover. Who cares?? There’ve been more – or at least equally – talented people on similar shows, such as Leona Lewis or Rhydian but in a society that prizes beauty and thinness so much, oddly, no such fuss was made of Leona, but bring on someone who looks like your average I-shop-at-Tesco-in-a-mac looking woman and everyone goes nuts!
And because she looks like she does/did, the BGT panel all clearly impatiently waited for something like a tortured cat sound to come out of her and then sat there like slack jawed yokels when she sounded good… and why? Because she’s not the prettiest of women let’s face it, so they didn’t expect her to have a good voice, but nonetheless, I’m sick to death of hearing about her and seeing her. It’s not her fault and I have no issues with her personally, but dang it, she’s even been mentioned on South Park!
I’m also sick of hearing about Jonathan Ross. Every time something ‘new’ about him comes up, it’s major headlines; ooo he’s nominated for a BAFTA, ooo he didn’t get one, ooo he said this on his show… again, who gives a stuff?? The man’s a mediocre comedian who – as is the way of the strange business they call show – made a colossal cock up and is being repeatedly, albeit often vicariously, rewarded for it.
If Luke Titensor lost his job for his attack on someone, though granted it was a physical attack, not a verbal one, why didn’t Ross lose his job for that appalling outburst at Andrew Sachs? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. As far as I’m aware, telephone harrassment is illegal isn’t it? Correct me if I’m wrong?
And I wouldn’t mind if he ever let his guests get a word in but he constantly talks over them, trying to make funny and/or lewd remarks about anything they do get to say. I can’t stand the man.
I’m also fed up of hearing about cut-backs vis-à-vis television… newflash TV people – we watch telly to be entertained and to be taken however briefly out of our own problems, which often include money, and just enjoy watching telly without being constantly reminded that YOU’RE having money troubles too! Stop whining, stop paying yourselves millions and get on with it!
Also, it was only a short while ago that the BBC were slated for ‘copying’ and rehashing programmes when their raison d’être, and the reason they get to charge an exorbitant fee is that they are ‘forerunners in original programming’ yet lo, a remake of Reggie Perrin turns up on the BBC. I know that the BBC get thousands of proposals and scripts for new and original drama or comedy arriving on their commissioning editors’ desks daily, but do they commission them?? Rarely, if ever. Instead, they remake what was a unique programme with actors who – albeit are brilliant in their own right – haven’t got a snowball in hell’s chance of living up to the original series!
And finally, onto irritating adverts. I’m fed up of that annoying Nicole Kidman advert where she says, “I’m a dahncer… I looooovvvveeeeeeeee to daaance!” I wish the bloke in the ad had just taken her for a Maccys and put some flesh on her ribs instead of having a date on a rooftop while sniffing her neck…
Then there’s the car adverts where they all whisper all the time or even worse, the one where the bored kids sitting in the back of a car get to demolish a fence, knock over hay bales and stick a cow on the roof of a garage!
Exemplary behaviour… vandalism and animal cruelty. And the tagline for the ad is something along the lines of, “Bring the outside in”. What the hell’s that supposed to mean? You can open windows? The car has a sunroof? Big whoop… cars have had those things for sometime now.
If anything’s bugging the bejesus out of you on TV lately, please do let me know… vindication of the fact that this stuff actually bugs others and not just me would be nice!