Seems entirely reasonable

Gill had written: \”Some time ago, I made a cheap and frankly unnecessary joke about Clare Balding looking like a big lesbian. And afterwards somebody tugged my sleeve to point out that she is a big lesbian.\”

After a mock apology, he continued: \”Now back to the dyke on a bike, puffing up the nooks and crannies at the bottom end of the nation.\”

Balding complained to Witherow. She was then \”appalled\” to receive a reply stating: \”In my view some members of the gay community need to stop regarding themselves as having a special victim status and behave like any other sensible group that is accepted by society.

\”Not having a privileged status means, of course, one must accept occasionally being the butt of jokes. A person\’s sexuality should not give them a protected status.

\”Jeremy Clarkson, perhaps the epitome of the heterosexual male, is constantly jeered at for his dress sense (lack of), adolescent mindset and hairstyle. He puts up with it as a presenter\’s lot and in this context I hardly think that AA Gill\’s remarks were particularly cruel, especially as he ended by so warmly endorsing you as a presenter.\”

Ms Balding has responded by taking to Twitter to call Gill a \”twat\”, one of the synonyms for the female genitalia.

So far advantage Gill I would have said.

7 comments on “Seems entirely reasonable

  1. There does seem to be an ignorance of the meaning if the word “Twat” in some circles. Ms. Balding is in the company of our Supreme Overlord,” call me Dave” Cameron here.

  2. Well, ‘ol Will told us that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Twat, cunt, pussy, vagina–or (to only slightly mix-and-paraphrase ol’ Will: “The smell’s the thing!”

  3. Yup. Yet another thin-skinned media figure who’s too precious for this world. Dishes it out but can’t take it.

  4. Anyone who voluntarialy puts themselves in the public eye must expect to get some negative publicity as a matter of course. The skill of the “celeb” is to turn negative publicity into positive publicity. I hate to say this but Kate “Jordan” Price does a better job at this than Clare Balding.

  5. “This is not about me putting up with having the piss taken out of me, something I have been quite able to withstand…”

    So, is THIS what lesbians do to each other?

    I’ve always wondered.

  6. I recall reading that in the magazine and thinking that Adrian was spoiling for a fight; but given that he is probably the most sublime prose stylist workign in our country at the moment, one can forgive him almost anything.

  7. Surely as a lesbian presenting a show on cycling she must have been waiting for the Dyke On A Bike joke – it’s such an obvious one!
    Gill’s joke was not offensive, she is ‘out’ and representing her ‘side’ well, she should take it on the chin like regular TV personalities.
    Anyhow Gill is a ‘tw@t’, as she says, & she could have gotten worse than this light and friendly bit of teasing.

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