Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Look at me! Look at muuueeeeeeee!

I'm wondering if Michael Buerk is the BBC reporter equivalent of A-Ha or Eddie Grant; revered for excellent and compelling work in the 80s, but all too easily forgotten these days. In fact, his plainly attention-seeking sexist outbursts on the upcoming channel Five series Don't Get Me Started are somewhat reminiscent of 'foxy lady' Kath Day's cry of "Look at me! Look at mueeeee!" on Aussie sitcom Kath & Kim. So what better way for Buerk to recapture the glory days of the Ethiopian famine than by, er, shrieking from the rooftops that the world has fallen prey to AN EVIL TAKEOVER BY WOMEN!!!! Yes, women, it seems, have infiltrated everything, from news corporations to the running of our very society.

Well pin an apron on me and call me Harriet.

Anna Ford and a host of other female media pundits have predictably hit back, calling Buerk's comments outdated, chauvinist, etc. But none of them seemed willing to state the bleeding obvious: Buerk has quite clearly gone stark raving mad. Just look at some of what he has to say! Are these not the rantings of a crazed conspiracy theorist with a propensity for carving swastikas into pictures of his dead mother?

Buerk on women:
  • "Life is lived in accordance with women's rules"
  • "They control what is being bought"
  • "These are the people who decide what we see and hear"
Honestly, you'd think he was talking about the New World Order. Loosen up, guy! I can understand how you might be feeling a little threatened, but to say that the reason behind Britain's mines closing down is because the fairer sex don't do heavy lifting is more than slightly insane.


At August 17, 2005 4:38 pm, Blogger Deaglan said...

Buerk by name, Berk by nature I think. Though he is right in some of what he says - it all went from from the day we gave ye the vote... ;-)

At August 18, 2005 3:34 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. Politics went soft. Nothing's been achieved since universal suffrage .

At August 19, 2005 6:28 pm, Blogger Wyndham said...

I've never had Buerk's problem since moving to Stepford, a lovely little village...
Regards, Wyndham


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