Weirdness from across the pond

Ok, this is bizarre. And funny. It’s one of those times when you read an article or story that is quite serious, and then it delivers a huge punch line at the end that makes you laugh out loud.

The whole sordid tale about British radio announcers Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross is a head-shaker. The articles are long and involved, so here’s the abbreviated version (full link to follow):

I’m reading along, and it seems that a 23-year-old girl was having a fling with Brand, age 33. Then the guy found out the girl was the granddaughter of Andrew Sachs, known worldwide for playing Manuel, the Spanish waiter in the hilarious BBC comedy from the seventies, Fawlty Towers.

Well, one thing led to another, and there was Ross, back on his radio show with Brand, making sexually lewd comments about Sachs, now in his 70s.

The granddaughter — along with the British public — was horrified by the tasteless remarks on the show, and now both announcers have been fired.

I felt terrible for the girl. She was quoted in the article as being profoundly embarrassed that her grandfather had to not only endure a disgusting experience (seems the guys also left nasty voice mail messages on his phone), but to also be told intimate details about her love life. She clearly wanted to protect him, and she also felt personally violated by having her private affairs made public by a couple of morons on the radio. No woman should have to go through this. I was angry for her.

Then, the kicker.

One of the last paragraphs contains the innocuous sentence, “Miss Baillie…dances under the stage name ‘Voluptua’ in [the] burlesque troupe The Satanic Sluts.”


Well no wonder she was offended. Ok, I’m being snarky. If the gal wants to dance with the Satanic Sluts, then, you know…like I always say, rock on. I just laughed at being swept along by this terrible story (and it is really terrible), picturing this poor, embarrassed girl…I guess I had a different mental picture of her in mind.

You can read more about it here. Seems the Beeb have their work cut out for them…yikes. But hey, at least they don’t have Howard Stern.

Fink out.

5 thoughts on “Weirdness from across the pond

  1. Stein

    British humor (dry humor) is THE BEST humor I have ever had the pleasure to experience in my entire life. There’s nothing funnier than somebody saying something not entirely trying to be funny. (Not smiling, laughing at their own jokes, or egging on others to laugh) The only American comedy close to this would be Airplane by the Zucker brothers. Timeless…. Outside of that little side, Brits have weird ideas of socially acceptable behavior.

    @#$%$^%$ Tampa Bay Rays!!!

  2. Kody

    I listen to Brand’s radio show every week, and honestly… this was hilarious. Andrew Sachs shouldn’t get too angry, either. If were being honest, Brand could tell at least 3/4’s of Great Britain’s older generation that he “went to bed” with their grand-daughters. Sex addiction is one of the many, many struggles that Russell Brand had to work through to become England’s #1 comic… you can read about it all in “My Booky Wook” by Russell Brand. Good read, I recommend it.

  3. Rat Fink Post author

    @ Stein – yeah, I loved the Python stuff and Are You Being Served?. Watched them all the time back in the day. And now I get a kick out of Keeping Up Appearances. And sorry about the Rays…the Phils were just the better team…

    @ Kody – I hear ya. But apparently, the Beeb and millionsa Brits disagree. Sexual prowess, comic and literary skills aside, he was still sacked. Heh.


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