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…..