So there appears to be a mini-kerfuffle developing over the pointless and vapid BBC coverage of the Jubilee, much of which appears to be directed at presenter Fearne Cotton, whose Battersea park chatter has apparently generated a large number of complaints from viewers. Cotton has replied to rude people on Twitter telling them she won’t be “bullied” by them, the big meanies.
Now, let’s stipulate a few facts.
1) The Jubilee coverage WAS stupid and vacuous. Across the board. How many times were we assured that the collective spirits of the crowds “were not dampened”? I don’t think I can count that high.
2) Complaining about stupid and vacuous coverage is not equal to bullying. It’s not very nice. But it’s not bullying. Bullying is the powerful attacking the weak out of malice. Punters attacking TV presenters is just good old fashioned whinging, a fine and honourable British Tradition that predates even Her Majesty.
If you don’t like stupid and vacuous coverage, I would suggest to the whingers that it makes no sense to take it out on the presenter who has, in a funny sort of way, done a perfectly competent job of delivering the stupid and vacuous coverage that her bosses apparently desired. She was chirpy. She was chipper. She kept smiling through 4 hours of non stop rain and a lot of soggy cake. She did her job, and she did it just fine!
Your objection, dear whingers, is not to Fearne Cotton’s competent vacantness, but to the decision of the BBC programmers to pack the whole day full of cotton candy nothingness.
Leave the poor girl alone and go find a balding man in a suit to complain to.