Most evenings, Mr. Cesy and I snuggle into bed, pull out a laptop and watch something before going to sleep (sssh, I know this bad but it works for us!). We’re huge fans of food shows and British shows. At the moment, the favourites on our night time rotation are Good Eats and Top Gear. Good Eats has provided us with hours of education and we’ve cooked some pretty good food from Alton Brown’s recipes. Top Gear is a British car show that focuses on the expensive cars you could never afford and ridiculous stunts (take a modified Toyota Hilux across the English Channel? Why not?). It never fails to have us in stitches of laughter. However, when you spend as long on the Internet as I have, you learn quickly that your heroes aren’t as perfect as you think.
Alton Brown has been recorded making racist and homophobic jokes at an event in Iowa, which is incredibly disheartening. He’s also on record making anti-fat statements. The lead host of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, can’t turn around without putting his foot in his mouth. He makes so many controversial statements his Wikipedia page has a “controversy” sub-heading. Highlights include saying people who make Hyundais probably eat dogs (as Hyundai is a Korean brand), saying that people who work at BMW are Nazis, making a mock Nazi salute and joking that a GPS unit would only take the owner of the car to Poland. Other targets of his include Malaysians, gays, Gordon Brown, the Welsh and striking public sector workers. His co-hosts, James May and Richard Hammond have also shown a decided lack of tact themselves on occasion.
So the hosts of my favourite shows are dicks but I cannot stop myself from watching these shows. I have to separate my love for these shows from the viewpoints of those who host them. They honestly make me laugh and I learn a lot, so I’m not prepared to put them on the bonfire just yet. I just have to think a bit. Still a shame though. Anyone else suffer from this dilemma?