Dust off and nuke it from orbit

It’s the only way:

Jeremy Vine, the BBC radio presenter, has been reported under the broadcaster’s “equality and diversity code” for saying he had man flu.
The 50-year-old broadcaster revealed he was suffering from a persistent cough at night after falling ill a few days ago during a feature about Victorian ailments on his Radio 2 lunchtime show.
He referred to his “man flu” while talking to Dr Sarah Jarvis about whooping cough – a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs – and other illnesses common in the 1800s.

But Vine announced on Tuesday morning, the day after the programme, that his comments had been reported to Corporation officials.
In a post on Twitter that was later deleted, he said: “Oh great, someone’s reported me under the BBC Equality and Diversity Code because I told @DrSarahJarvis yesterday I had man flu.”
The BBC confirmed that a complaint had been received, and a Radio 2 spokesman later said no further action will be taken.
The broadcaster investigates possible breaches of standards, but does not investigate “minor, misconceived, hypothetical, repetitious or otherwise vexatious complaints”.

There is the possibility that it was a joke, in which case well done that man. But if it wasn’t, see headline…..

15 thoughts on “Dust off and nuke it from orbit”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Oh come on. This one is perfect. The issue is not even particularly harsh – no one’s feelings were deeply hurt nor is the issue worth anyone dying for. It is a perfect example of the SJWs self-absorption.

    There is no victim who deserves our sympathy. It is just the zombies eating each other. They are adding to the general gaiety of the nation.

  2. You know when you read about the crazy things religious fanatics used to do in the Middle Ages? Like that. We really are living in the midst of a great and terrible madness.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Ian B – “We really are living in the midst of a great and terrible madness.”

    A madness we see all too often here as well. Look at the recent absurd worship of Nelson Mandela. Or the anger if someone defends a golliwog.

    The SJWs control the media and the education system. They will win just by waiting.

  4. Mr Vine would be wise to argue his case on linguistic grounds as the etymological root of “man” referred to any human of either gender.

    Woman derives from wife-man, where “wife” referred to any female (but later became to mean “a married woman”), the male only variant is “were”, which can be found in “werewolf” (“male man-wolf”).

    If Mr Vine claimed had were-flu then perhaps a case could be made.

    It would be interesting if this complaint was presented to the Chairman of the BBC Trust.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Runcie Balspune – “Mr Vine would be wise to argue his case on linguistic grounds as the etymological root of “man” referred to any human of either gender.”

    If you engage with these freaks in any way at all, they win. The only wise solution is to refuse to back down, refuse to apologise, refuse to explain. Tell them to go f**k themselves.

  6. Oh, come on, man flu is self-depreciating, a term recognising that many men are complete whimps when it comes to head colds.

    You could easily make an argument that use of the term “man flu” is derogatary to men.

  7. Runcie Balspune: It would be interesting if this complaint was presented to the Chairman of the BBC Trust.

    Rather delightfully, given the context, I think that should read:
    “It would be interesting if this complaint were presented to the Chairman of the BBC Trust.”

  8. I am with SMFS here – if you engage with these people, even out of politeness, you recognise their observations as being a ‘valid’ viewpoint. The only recognition they require is a check by the Armed security forces who have forcibly dragged them on to the plane that they are present on the flight ‘extraordinarily rendering’ them into the hands of ISIS or North Korea where they might get some enlightenment as to what true ‘discrimination’ is…..

  9. Still, Vine will be all right next year. Because of ‘the evil tory cuts’ (they’ve refused to let them up the licence fee), the BBC will be getting rid of all the diverstity co-ordination depeartments and such like nonsense in order to save money.

    Oh wait! They’ve kept all the flatulent tosspots and dumped their Formula One contract onto Channel 4. That’ll show the viewers where they come in the beeb’s priority list.

  10. “You could easily make an argument that use of the term “man flu” is derogatary to men.”

    I assumed this was the basis for the ‘complaint’, sorry, denunciation to the authorities.

    I assumed some pathetic mangina had squealed.

  11. I presumed the complaint was raised by a man due to the misandric (word?) nature of the term. Is that not the case?

    The thinking being “I’m not allowed to make ‘time of the month’ jokes without SJWs having a fit, so they can eff off if they think making man-flu jokes is acceptable”

  12. I heartily recommend watching the excellent documentary on the BBC called W1A and its predecessor show about the olympics Twenty Twelve

  13. Actually, it also states this in the Telegraph article. So it was a non-story from the start then. Anyone might think there was an agenda here. 😉

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