Top Gear: Girls and Gays Needed
The Equality Bill asks the state-funded organizations to quickly increase the proportion of female, black and gay staff. This decision could be translated into hiring actors, presenters and producers on grounds of gender, ethnic background or sexuality, rather than suitability for the show.
“I was going to write about how the new series is getting on, but that'll have to wait, because Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, obviously completely happy with the way the economy is going, has decided instead to turn her attention to the massive issue of women and Top Gear,” posted Andy Wilman, Top Gear producer, on the Top Gear blog.
“Under her new proposals we'd have to boost the number of women on the show to reflect the make up of the population. That means mathematically one of our three presenters would have to be a transsexual, so James is firing up the bandsaw and digging out the Kate Moss Top Shop collection as we speak.”
“I also do believe that this sort of claptrap is very patronizing to women, because it assumes women can't enjoy a show's presenters on merit, but can only appreciate a program if spoken to by one of their own sex,” he added.
“We're all here on merit, and so can we be left alone to get on?” is how Wilman ends his statement.
So if James chose to be a transsexual, it only leaves Jeremy to declare himself gay and Richard to get a reversed Michael Jackson surgery. The Stig remains as he/she/it is. It would not only solve their Equality Bill problem, but it would also probably increase the number of Top Gear viewers.