Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Julie Burchill: Should we care what Andy Gray and Richard Keys think?

Former Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray, left, and Richard Keys

Much as it pains me to see both sides of any argument, my reaction to the Sian Masseygate fracas was: "It's a Gate of two halves."

So, on the one hand, of course I do believe that Andy Gray and Richard Keys are half-witted Neanderthals who should have their voting rights removed immediately in the manner of lunatics and murderers.

But, on the other hand, what sort of milksop cares about the opinions of said half-witted Neanderthals?

Not only is Massey a ref, she lives with a ref.

That means she enjoys being hated.

I do, too, so I feel that I have a vested interest here.

No offence, but I actually get a mild sexual charge when I read nasty comments about myself.

I'm not suggesting for a moment that Sian Massey experiences the same frisson that I do when publicly dissed.

I'm just saying that there's a whole new generation of females whom it's actually quite hard to offend.

Imagine Rihanna having to leave the room because someone said 'ruddy'.

And rather than wish our lovely young sisters back to the days of smelling salts and swooning, we should celebrate this evolutionary leap.

Mind you, another part of that leap is making men cry. So sack the stupid sods anyway, just for kicks.

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