OFGS! Viewers complain about calves being killed and Bunny Vs Trampoline quip
It is a source of constant irritation to me that TV viewers – some TV viewers that is – will apparently complain at the drop of a hat about a programme they’ve chosen to watch.
And given that pretty much every show on earth has a ‘blurb’ describing its content, both in print and online, and – for those who have digital TV – via the ‘Info’ button, there can surely be no excuse for watching something you’re likely to find upsetting?
Yet people continue to do so, then whine about it later.
The latest example of this being the fifty some viewers who complained about seeing bull calves being killed in a recent edition of Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket.
In the Channel 4 programme, presenter Jimmy Doherty revealed that thousands of bull calves are shot because, given that they are unable to produce milk and there’s next to no demand for their meat, rosé veal…
The purpose of his highlighting this issue was to encourage viewers to try rosé veal which, if enough of a market opened up, would end the practice of slaughtering the animals.
So surely viewers would have known that it was inevitable that the culling of the animals would feature?
And while we’re on the subject of annoying moaners, there are plenty of TV viewers and, in this instance, radio listeners, who need to have a sense of humour implanted too.
I’m referring specifically to complaints made to the BBC after gardening expert Bob Flowerdew – surely that’s a fake name?! – hosted a Q&Q from the Chelsea Flower Show for Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.
One caller asked how best to cope with pets and kids in a small garden, to which Bob quipped, “The first thing you can do is put the rabbit under the trampoline — that will economise on space.”
And amid general laughter, fellow panellist Matthew Wilson pointed out that the bunny would be “flattened.”
And it began; the calls, the complaints, the angry ‘net posts, and an RSPCA spokesperson saying, “Putting any animal under a trampoline while it is in use could cause distress.”
A BBC spokesman responded, “Bob’s comments should be taken with a generous helping of scepticism and humour.”
Now surely, anyone who’s stupid enough to actually think he was being serious should themselves be reported to some authority or another?