Whadda country, eh?


I’ve no idea who this bird is, being modern and up to date and all that, but there’s 400 people in our shared nation who managed to complain about that outfit.

Hundreds of viewers have complained after Rita Ora, the pop star, appeared on BBC One with a plunging neckline.

The singer, known for her I Will Never Let You Down song, wore a low-cut dress with a thigh-high split as she attended the launch of BBC talent show The Voice UK on Monday.

However, the 24-year-old singer’s most daring outfit came later in the day when she appeared on The One Show in a white Ermanno Scervino trouser suit with nothing underneath the blazer.

It would appear Ora offended fans of the prime time TV show, with 399 people complaining to the Corporation.

Of course, they don’t tell us how many phoned in to ask if she’d undo that rather strained looking button so perhaps there’s still hope for us all.


36 thoughts on “Whadda country, eh?”

  1. I never really understand this modern prissiness.

    Mary Whitehouse was at her most active during my puberty (shurely shome coincidence) and I don’t remember anyone at school or in later life who thought the mad old bat had any sort of point.

    In our younger days we all thought she was a spoilsport and as we got older we forgot about her, then in her later life we just resented her arrogance.

    So are the generation above us reverting to shouting about a cleavage? Are there people of my generation who are crawling into the gutter to join the modern professionally offended class? Or is this a younger generation’s idea of rebellion?

  2. I am an old man who has lived a long time and norks have never done me any harm. I think they’re safe; pretty much always.

    Anyway, complaining about them is not going to make them go away.

  3. @John Miller: back in the day, complaining to the Beeb meant making a phone call or buying a stamp. Now, it’s free & done at the click of a button.

  4. Rita Ora? Didn’t that used to be an orange drink sold in cinemas?

    It was probably a memorable occasion for the sound engineer.

  5. john miller,

    “In our younger days we all thought she was a spoilsport and as we got older we forgot about her, then in her later life we just resented her arrogance.”

    But we (as a country) all didn’t. Mary Whitehouse filled halls for her Festival of Light things with probably more than 400 people. I think it’s now so much easier to complain and so much more immediate, and the media can grab a screenshot and make a story within a few days.

  6. Meh.

    Her chest is pleasingly well-fed, but that’s a chavtastic face. She looks like the kind of girl who would ponce a fag off you then not talk to you.

    Her hair is scraped too tightly back from her forehead, which will dry out her T-zone.

    Her ears are too big.

    2/10 – would complain to BBC

  7. The Meissen Bison – you’re thinking of Um Bongo, the only popular British soft drink to contain 100% organic racism.

    Also racist are marmalade, Bounty bars, Fry’s Turkish Delight, and Biffo the Racist Bear.

  8. The Stigler – great. Now I have that dog barking jingle in my head.

    Interested – Eye-raq, Eye-ran, what’s the difference buddy?

  9. So Much for Subtlety

    JuliaM – “also racist (or at least, imperialist) is HP sauce, according to the Guardian.”

    I believe that Iggy Azalea is also racist according to the Guardian. So Ms Ora almost certainly is.

  10. The Junior Anti-Sex League probably, complaining that she reinforced the Heteronormative Hegemony, or some similar gibberish.

  11. JuliaM – By the heaving Caledonian bosoms of Lorraine Kelly!

    Just as in the age of empire we ignored or abused indigenous peoples, so too their ingredients. In brown sauce, they were used to produce an unholy trinity of brutal sweetness, acrid spiciness and vile vinegary twang – one peculiarly British in its lack of culinary sophistication.

    People who think foreigners are tres sophisticated haven’t spent much time in Foreign.

    The French have bidets built into their television sets.

    Italians wear string vests and smoke on the toilet.

    The Spaniards are lazy and cruel to animals.

    Foreigners are awful, awful people, and should be banned.

    Everything about it, and particularly that picture of the houses of parliament on a bottle of HP, surely confirmed it as the sauce of the establishment. This was the perfect table sauce for jowly, Victorian and Edwardian gentlemen whose palates were so befogged by years of brandy and cigars, grouse and spotted dick, that only this shrill alarm of a sauce could pierce that bleary, weary gastronomic gloom.

    As opposed to the lighter, feyer sauces preferred by a skinny, limp-wristed Guardian writer, his ironic hipster glasses fogging up with tears when he thinks about the plight of transgendered dolphins in East Timor.

    You can bet that, by the 1960s, the Beatles and Britain’s other hep cats were already gravitating to the sunnier, smoother and far sexier US flavours of ketchup

    Which just proves that James Bond was right about the Beatles.

  12. I have just allowed myself a mental vision of me in a sandwich between Rita Ora and Alex Jones (host of the One Show).


  13. bloke (not) in spain

    I’ve no idea how many viewers this program had, but as BBC One’s the front channel for the State broadcaster quite a few I’d imagine.Low millions?
    That only 400 of them find something to complain about anything seems quite remarkable.

  14. BraveFart – I don’t watch telly unless it’s CeeBeebies with the kids on weekend mornings (I’m not a snob about it or anything, just don’t have the time), so I had to google Alex Jones.

    At first I thought you said Aled Jones, and that just made me think of a snowman, peering in the window and crying.

    But then I found Alex Jones. Well, better you than me:


  15. John Miller,

    Mary Whitehouse’s argument was that there is a feedback mechanism between television and society. Allow lots of (say) swearing on TV, and then there’ll be more swearing in society at large, which will lead to TV writers having to include stronger swearing to achieve the same effect, and so on. The argument deployed against her by broadcasters was not “But there’s nowt wrong with swearing,” which I would agree with; it was “Television has absolutely zero effect on people’s actual behaviour.” I think that argument has been proven wrong, and Whitehouse proven right, by Big Brother for a start, but also by things such as the fact that the Government now routinely pressure the BBC to include certain topics in the plotlines of Eastenders because they know that that’s a quick and easy way to influence public behaviour.

    Whitehouse was a prude, and I disagree with her prudery, but she was right that TV influences behaviour, and all the smug bien-pensants who insisted that that was utter nonsense were wrong.

  16. In my childhood, when small boys went off for a summer day’s wandering about, a desirable sandwich was made from two buttered slices of bread, two slices of Kraft cheese, and a mighty good smear of HP sauce. Two rounds of said sandwiches, plus a bottle of tap water, equipped you for the day. Oh, and probably a bar of that Highland Toffee with the brilliant picture of Highland Coos on the wrapper. Nothing “imperialist” about it, unless you count the fact that we’d probably have been wearing shorts.

  17. So Much for Subtlety

    Squander Two – “I think that argument has been proven wrong, and Whitehouse proven right, by Big Brother for a start”

    People have used Apartheid South Africa to show that the murder rate rises after TV drama becomes widely broadcast. As White South Africa did not get Z Cars until quite late.

    So no doubt the on-going hate-fest aimed at father and husbands – especially White fathers and husbands – will have no bad effect at all. Oh wait, I see Parisians have just had their noses rubbed in the Diversity again.

  18. My first thought was that you have a point- a good point

    And my second was that she has two good points

    fnar fnar

  19. Steve: you’re thinking of Um Bongo, the only popular British soft drink to contain 100% organic racism
    How about Lilt with da trooly trarpicarl tayust?

    “Um, Bongo” is the answer most frequently given by UKIP supporters when asked which word they would most readily juxtapose with the word “Bongo” and hence not racist at all, oh no.

    Tim Newman: Good one!


  20. Bloke in Costa Rica

    That Guardian bit on HP sauce has the reek (as do so many of their click-baitier items) of a deadline fast approaching and bugger all of any substance to fill the big embarrassing white hole in the galley. Quick, whip up something mental and see if the readers will buy it! Any given day, I half expect to see some witless drivel about how The Clangers contributed to a climate of oppression against dragons, forced to work in dangerous, poorly-ventilated soup mines, or whathaveyou.

    Besides, ketchup is vile muck and there is nothing better than a nicely-fried banger with lots of HP.

  21. Besides, ketchup is vile muck and there is nothing better than a nicely-fried banger with lots of HP.

    … Until Heinz fucked up the recipe.

    I buy Branston brown sauce now.

  22. Steve: it’s made by happy-go-lucky Caribbean chaps

    …who presumably are prey to terrible mood swings because when they clock on at the Bounty Factory on the beach with their machetes they get to feel all oppressed.

    I can only dream of being as sensitive to these cultural nuances!

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