Yet another Mail fail

The Mail is up to its usual tricks.

BBC in new taste row after Graham Norton makes ‘not hot’ jibe at Camilla… in front of Prince Charles

Read that headline and it sounds as if Norton collared Charles in the gents and told him that his wife was a dog.

The truth, however, is somewhat less dramatic.

In the latest bad-taste episode for the corporation, the flamboyant presenter implied Camilla was ‘not hot’ at a rehearsal for the Royal Variety Performance.

‘Flamboyant’…who writes this shit?

And ‘implied’, note…and that ‘not hot’ comment should really be seen in context…

His quip followed a raunchy performance by the Pussycat Dolls.

‘Quip’?

‘Raunchy’?

I think someone used their well-thumbed copy of the ‘Bumper Book of Journalistic Cliches and Epithets’ when they wrote this article.

Norton said: “And there you have the Pussycat Dolls singing to the prince, ‘Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?”

Not exactly sparkling wit but, remember, this is Graham Norton who’s a bit ‘oo-er missus’ but not exactly offensive, either.

Norton didn’t even say ‘wife’, which might have edged the remark to a dormitory town within a short bus journey from the outer suburbs of Badtasteville.

But he didn’t.

It’s a bit ‘cheeky’ I suppose but the Royal Variety Performance has had that quality ever since I can remember, from what I’ve seen of it.

I recall Lennon at the 1963 show telling the people in the posh seats that they could rattle their jewellery to the Beatles’ music. That was seen as quite daring at a time really not that far distant from the Lady Chatterley trial in 1960, when the counsel for the prosecution asked the jury, “Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?”

Yes, we still have a monarchy and I still have the occasional ‘they had the right idea at Ekaterinberg’ moment but times have changed.

We’ve come a long way from the era when you rushed out of the cinema as soon as they played the national anthem so you didn’t feel obliged to stand until it had finished. All the Royal Family seems to be these days is the definitive reality soap and most people I know wouldn’t be sad to see them go or even stood up against the wall.

Last night the BBC said the joke was being included in the recording of the show, which Camilla also attended.

As the Mail’s article states that the remark under scrutiny was made during the rehearsal then it must have been subject to an editorial decision to keep it in the show. So, were Charles and Camilla there for the rehearsal? I somehow doubt it. In which case, it sounds as if the reporter is fabricating a story. The reality seems to be that someone heard the remark during rehearsals, discovered it was to be kept in the show and then the reporter extrapolated that the royal couple would hear it then.

Not far from the truth, but not the truth.

A spokeswoman said it was “light banter” and “no offence” was meant to Camilla.

Quite.

End of.

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2 Responses

  1. Hahaha, quality article.

    Refreshing to see others pick up on Daily Mail insidious, perncious, pathetic, brainless bullshit.

    I used to write about the Mail quite a lot but my doctor said it’s bad for my blood pressure, so I tend to make it a rare thing for special occasions.

    Keep up the good work.

    John

  2. It’s hard to resist – it’s such a rich seam of bigotry, self-righteousness and pettiness.

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