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February 02, 2011

Knuckle-Draggers In The News

Oh, boy! It seems a woman's boss had been harassing her for ages. He finally tipped his hat when he gave her a sex toy for her birthday. That was the last straw, so she's suing. She has good reason to sue because he's created a hostile working environment for her with his sexually suggestive remarks and now with the sex toy. After she threw it in the trash and told him to not do that sort of thing anymore, he quipped "Come on, girl. You don’t know how to enjoy your life." First off, she's a woman, not a girl, and this is the usual put-down when harassing a woman - "Dearie, you can't take a joke."

If I were in her position I'd be pissed, too. Hey, I can take a joke with the best of them, but what he did was way out of hand. I bet he'd never treat a male subordinate like that, or - even better - give his male boss a sex toy as a birthday gift. This is a power play, plain and simple.

In a related bit of news, it seems the guys from Top Gear are in hot water again. What else is new? I'll admit right now that I love that show. I watch it all the time with my husband and son, and while those three (especially Clarkson and Hammond) really take things too far, it seems to me that nothing is sacred when it comes to their insults. Must be a British tradition. Anyone remember the TV show Dave Allen At Large from the 1970s? He made fun of Catholics all the time, and just about anyone else. Nothing was sacred. Same applies to Ricky Gervais. Everyone not living under a rock heard about his performance at the Golden Globes. I saw and read clips, and laughed my ass off. We started watching An Idiot Abroad on BBC America, and it highlights British xenophobia when the star takes trips to countries far outside his comfort zone.

Back to Top Gear, Richard Hammond made an extremely offensive and suggestive comment to a female paramedic working on the show. He told her his "willie tasted funny". If I were in her position I would have told him he really needed to stop tasting his willie, and to not say anything like that to me again.

The latest to come out of Top Gear is - again - a comment from Richard Hammond. This time he insulted Mexicans when he said on a recent show "Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat." Yeah, as if the British have anything to brag about when it comes to their cars, teeth, and food. Everyone is up for insults on that show. Jeremy Clarkson brushed off the comment, saying he doubted they'd get any flack for it because the UK Ambassador to Mexico was probably asleep when the show aired. Well, someone must have awakened him because he complained about the "offensive, xenophobic and humiliating" comments. An earlier comment about lorry drivers got a rise out of some people when one of them said this: "This is a hard job, and I'm not just saying this to win favour with lorry drivers. It's a hard job - change gear, change gear, change gear, check your mirrors, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That's a lot of effort in a day." And of course Clarkson is always mocking Americans for being fat, which I find hilarious. Anyone who watches the show remembers the rather zaftig American Stig. The only one I haven't seen say anything like this is Captain Slow. Maybe he either doesn't go for that sort of thing, or he hasn't been caught yet. I wonder if some people might consider it a badge of honor to be insulted by the hosts of this show?

As far as I'm concerned, the show is an equal opportunity offender, just like Dave Allen At Large and Ricky Gervais. Nothing is sacred. The only quibble I have was Hammond's personal suggestive comment to the paramedic. That definitely went too far because it was so up-close-and-personal. You don't do that to someone working for you, as that asshat who sent the sex toy to his female subordinate learned. It's a power play, plain and simple. Sometimes you just have to know when to shut up or - in Asshat's case - someone will shut you up with a lawsuit.

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A sex toy to a co-worker? He had to know that was a no, no! The women I work with have sex toy parties all the time and I won't go to them because, um, they're co-workers. I'll party with the best of them around friends and family, but there's got to be a line. Doesn't there?

Posted by: Kissa Starling at Feb 2, 2011 4:17:51 PM

I personally wouldn't have a problem going to sex toys parties with female co-workers, especially if I knew them well, because most likely all of us would be on equal professional footing. I've met women over the years who had sex toys parties in their homes. They're the modern version of the Tupperwear party. Believe it or not, some older women love those parties. LOL What that boss did giving his subordinate a sex toy for her birthday was reprehensible because he has a history of sexually harassing her. The sex toy was the last straw. That "gift" was meant to make her feel cheap and uneasy, and it harmed her ability to do her job. From what you've described about the sex toys parties, they just sound like fun but they wouldn't appeal to everyone.

I guess everyone's different when it comes to a comfort level regarding sex toys parties. I've been to them and they're a blast. Lots of finger food, wine, and dildos. LOL But they're not for everyone.

Posted by: The Countess at Feb 2, 2011 4:33:50 PM

I thought hamster was gay!

Posted by: Adrianna at Feb 2, 2011 11:28:19 PM

No, Adrianna. The Hamster is married. Apparently after his big crash that almost killed him, he forgot he was married and tried to chat up his own wife. LOL

Posted by: The Countess at Feb 3, 2011 9:34:59 AM

Top Gear is a show, not a reality program, and the presenters are acting exaggerations of their own personalities. They've branded themselves very effectively. After the Hamster's accident a few years ago we got a glimpse of his home life, and no, he's not like that, and his wife could tell him what for. He probably apologised to the paramedic off screen, or she gave him what for, or her union would have had him.
The nearest to his real life persona seems to be Jezzer, who we in the UK have seen decrease in hair but increase in profile - in every sense of the word.
So it's very much like Ricky Gervais, and very British. Much more relaxed, except when it really matters, and if it makes you laugh, then it's okay. The Brits were amused by Gervais's Golden Globes performance, but not offended. That's what he specialises in. Next year, ask Dame Edna Everage to do it. And then sit back.

Posted by: Lynne Connolly at Feb 3, 2011 1:45:36 PM

Top Gear is a show, not a reality program, and the presenters are acting exaggerations of their own personalities. They've branded themselves very effectively. After the Hamster's accident a few years ago we got a glimpse of his home life, and no, he's not like that, and his wife could tell him what for. He probably apologised to the paramedic off screen, or she gave him what for, or her union would have had him.
The nearest to his real life persona seems to be Jezzer, who we in the UK have seen decrease in hair but increase in profile - in every sense of the word.
So it's very much like Ricky Gervais, and very British. Much more relaxed, except when it really matters, and if it makes you laugh, then it's okay. The Brits were amused by Gervais's Golden Globes performance, but not offended. That's what he specialises in. Next year, ask Dame Edna Everage to do it. And then sit back.

Posted by: Lynne Connolly at Feb 3, 2011 1:45:42 PM

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