Apparently the BBC have apologised to MiniRon. That's Ronnie Corbett, who was a third of the Two Ronnies and a man who has made a career out of completely inoffensive comedy.
It seems someone I've never heard of, called Doug Carnegie, sent an Email in which he referred to MiniRon as 'Little ****'
Little fourstar? He called MiniRon 'a small amount of petrol?' Well, that's pretty insulting. Almost as bad as calling him a Diesel Van although I think there's an actor by that name.
Of course, the word hidden under that four stars is one of those familiar to readers of Obo and others and starts with a 'c'. It also has a 'u', 'n' and 't' in it and it's not 'Cnut'.
It has to be that one because the Mail have their panties all knotted over it and are calling it a 'grossly offensive word' and 'shit' and 'fuck' wouldn't cut it here. The BBC let those words on air.
It's just an insult. Only one word is insulting because nobody could argue with the 'little'. MiniRon has made no comment. The Email was not sent to him. It was sent in response to MiniRon's agent cancelling an appearance - which would have annoyed anyone setting up a show. It smacks of short temper and does not reflect well on the sender but it's just an insult that would be best ignored. It's not even an imaginative insult. For the amount this lot get through the licence fee I expect far better.
Carnegie's Email was then forwarded to the entire production team. One of them sent it to the Daily Mail who saw fit to put it in the public domain.
Why? They were not the ones it was aimed at. There's nothing to suggest MiniRon knew anything about it so could not possibly have been upset. This is 'offense by proxy' and the only way MiniRon could have been at all affected is if some overzealous professionally-offended git decided to hold it up and shout 'See what the bad man wrote'.
The BBC have apologised. They should not have. They should have pointed out that there was no need for this matter to go any further than the Email communicants themselves, that since MiniRon has not complained, there is nothing to apologise for and that all involved in being mortally offended on behalf of someone who did not even know they were being insulted should just grow the hell up.
In saying nothing, the diminutive MiniRon proves himself a bigger man than any of them.
By the way, it's worth scrolling down that article for a glimpse of 'Lumpy-legs Chiles' but only if you haven't recently eaten.