TV turn-offs of 2011: How Clarkson and Cocozza made the protests pour in
Matthew Wright “murdered boy” joke tops the list of the 100 most offensive TV and radio moments of 2011X Factor shows no sign of letting up with 15 entries on list
ITV”s Dancing on Ice in second and fourth places after judge Jason Gardiner said a contestant was “missing a couple of chromosomes”
Its reputation for controversy has helped it build huge audiences.
And in its seventh year The X Factor showed no sign of letting up – with 15 entries on a list of the 100 most offensive TV and radio moments of 2011.
Frankie Cocozza’s swearing and drinking and the ‘bullying’ of Misha B by Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos stood out as the subjects of scores of complaints.
Reprimanded: Matthew Wright (left) made a callous joke when covering the murder of a Scottish teenager while Jeremy Clarkson (right) said public sector strikers should be “executed in front of their families”
Number one spot on the list of shame went however to an episode of Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, in which presenter Matthew Wright joked about the murder of a Scottish teenager. More than 2,200 complaints were logged.
In third place was Jeremy Clarkson, who attracted a swathe of complaints after he told The One Show that striking public sector workers should be ‘executed in front of their families’. Ofcom received 763 complaints and the BBC itself another 30,000.
Wannabe rocker Frankie Cocozza received 200 complaints for his antics on the show
Clarkson’s show Top Gear was also in the top ten over disparaging remarks made about Mexicans.
ITV’s Dancing on Ice came second and fourth in the list following controversial comments by judge Jason Gardiner. He suggested that one contestant was ‘missing a couple of chromosomes’. The X Factor received 753 complaints over incidents in 15 separate episodes.
Cocozza, who was kicked off the show for his drug use, received more than 200 complaints about his behaviour,including swearing before the 9pm watershed and glamorising alcohol abuse.
Ofcom also investigated Tulisa after the 23-year-old judge was accused of breaching rules by advertising her brand of perfume on the series. The singer was seen sporting a tattoo which said ‘The Female Boss’ – an apparent reference to her scent of thesame name.
Also under fire, for the second year running, was the singer Rihanna who had a swear word written on to her shoes.
Ofcom’s figures do not include complaints sent directly to the broadcaster.
This means many BBC shows were not onthe list because most viewers complain directly to the corporation about its programmes instead of going to the regulator. Some ITV shows got considerably more complaints as a result of its viewers being more likely to contact Ofcom.
The controversial edition of The Wright Stuff had seen the presenter imitate the catchphrase from TV detective drama Taggart – ‘there’s been another murder’ – when talking about the killing of Liam Aitchison in the Western Isles.
A row between Dancing on Ice’s Gardiner and the show’s head coach Karen Barber prompted 784 Ofcom complaints, with a further 3,000 going direct to ITV.
Mr Gardiner, who has now left the show, was the subject of more than a thousand Ofcom complaints over two episodes.
Rhianna with the phrase “F*** you” scrawled across her footwear while judge Tulisa Contostavlos received criticism after viewers complained she was breaking advertising rules with her tattoo “The Female Boss”
Other incidents in the top ten were Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and two episodes of the often explicit show, The Joy of Teen Sex, which viewers claimed was exploiting young people.
Talksport’s Danny Kelly made the top ten for an offensive remark about former Liverpool FC manager Rafael Benitez.
Satirical Channel 4 drama Black Mirror: The National Anthem was listed for references to bestiality and torture.
WHAT A ROTTEN SHOW! TOP TEN TV MOMENTS YOU”VE HATED
1. Channel 5″s The Wright Stuff, December 6, 2,220 complaints after Matthew Wright”s joke about murdered Scottish teenager
2. ITV1″s Dancing on Ice, February 6, 784 complaints after judge Jason Gardiner was offensive to contestant Johnson Beharry and head coach Karen Barber
3. BBC1″s The One Show, November 30, 763 complaints after Jeremy Clarkson said public sector strikers should be shot
4. ITV1″s Dancing on Ice, January 23, 253 complaints after judge Jason Gardiner said a contestant had chromosomal deficiencies
5. Channel 4″s documentary Sri Lanka”s Killing Fields, June 24, 176 complaints that it was biased, offensive and misleading
6. BBC2″s Top Gear, January 30, 178 complaints after Mexicans were referred to as “lazy, feckless, flatulent (and) overweight”
7. Channel 4″s The Joy of Teen Sex, February 2, 164 complaints that young people were exploited by publishing private details of their sex lives
8. Channel 4″s Black Mirror: The National Anthem, December 4, 145 complaints that the drama had offensive themes such as torture, terrorism and bestiality
9. Talksport”s Danny Kelly, January 8, 140 complaints after presenter Danny Kelly described Rafael Benitez as a “nonce”
10. Channel 4″s The Joy of Teen Sex, January 19, 126 complaints that young people were exploited by publishing private details of their sex lives
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