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Too old for TV – the strange case of disappearing female presenters

Obsession with sex and youth is a curse caused by pop culture. Louder Than War applauds Miriam O’Reilly for winning her ageism case against the BBC

So Miriam O’Reilly won her ageism case against the BBC when she got moved off Countryfile and replaced with younger face.

It’s an odd case in many levels, for a start who watched Countryfile for, as we have to say in the tabloid- lad mag world we inhabit, ”Ëœtotty’. Also O’Reilly doesn’t even look that old as if that matters and since when did the BBC start judging people on their looks only?

Why does the Corporation presume that we watch Countryfile for, er, sex appeal?
Not everything is about sex. Pop culture did this didn’t it? It turned the whole world into a catwalk, TV presenters have to have sex appeal, Politicians have to be sexy, David Beckham is the most famous footballer in the world because he’s ”Ëœandsome.

Of course sex was a big part of rock n roll, it’s slang for fucking. But it starts to get insane when woman presenters are laid off for looking old and male presenters carry on forever.

This is wrong on every level and there was presenter Nick Ross popping up on the TV speaking for a large chunk of the media poo pooing O’Reilly’s court victory. He claimed that men like to look at younger women and women want to look at older men- possibly true in a knuckle dragging cavemen kind of way in the grunt and grunt and grind of the mating game. But what about the rest of life?

And certainly not when I’m watching fucking country file.
This assumption that women are somehow washed up when their so called looks fade has to stop. Now.

For a start loads of older looking women look amazing but that’s not important. I don’t care how they look it’s how they communicate, or if they are intelligent, or they have loads of other stuff to offer.

Mind you there are some ”Ëœold people’ the BBC seems to employ like the saintly John Craven.

And no-one slumped in front of the idiot box wants to fuck him.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.



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