The Mail today has all the latest on the big breaking news about Evan Davis's haircut.
It's a twofold Mail classic: part of a general 'let's slag off the BBC newsreaders for daring to wear clothes' movement; plus a dumbing-down fluff piece about 'this was something on telly, did you see it? Wasn't it a watercooler moment? Mm.' - and do you think there might be the whiff of a little dig against an openly gay man, presumably hoping the commenters stick the boots in where the reporters fear to tread?
Well, you be the judge.
The outgoing BBC economics editor appeared on the evening news on Sunday with a rather startling mohawk-style cut.
Man in 'has haircut' shocker! It's the biggest 'man on telly looked like this' thing since the outline of Terry Wogan's cock appeared on Points of View.
With his shaved back and sides, and small thatch of springy hair on top, he looked rather like the renegade cabbie played by Robert De Niro in the 1976 film Taxi Driver.
Did he really, Laura 'I actually get paid money for this' Roberts? Is this what you envisaged when you became a journalist - breaking the big news stories, revealing the truth, digging for the evidence, winning the Pulitzer Prize... talking about a fucking haircut?
It is usually his female colleagues who attract attention with their physical appearance.
'Attract attention' = 'get slagged off by illiterate female writers in the Daily Mail'
Newsreader Emily Maitlis made a fashion faux pas when her strapless dress lay too low across her decolletage in 2006.
Woman in 'has breasts' shock!
Presenter Kate Silverton was inundated with complaints from viewers after wearing a psychedelic print blouse that was considered too garish for the breakfast news, and was forced to apologise on air.
'Was forced to apologise' = 'made a joke about it'. And, mysteriously, wrote an article for the Daily Mail herself very soon afterwards - the usual tedious flannel about being a career woman and not having kids. I wonder how she got that gig?
And Fiona Bruce was nicknamed Fifi La Bruce by audience members who objected to her flashing too much leg on Crimewatch.
Woman in 'has legs' shock!
Imagine if Evan Davis had been wearing that haircut, but no black tie while some bloated old gin-soaked Royal witch was festering away in a box, or didn't wear a poppy when our brave lads were being remembered? Ooh the opprobrium. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by the comments. Some Mike Giggler nonsense making jokes about his gayness and 'Prince Albert', of course, but:
I will miss Evan appearing on BBC News during financial interviews. He has a wonderful personality and I am sure he will be Radio 4's gain!
- Stephen Holmes, Withington Manchester
I think he looks great. It's about time people stopped being sheeple and showed a bit of individuality.
- Karen, Bolton, England
'Sheeple'? But still, good.
I agree with Stephen Holmes - I shall miss him on BBC news with his excellent delivery and comments on financial matters.
- Jill, Dorset
It is just HAIR! It has no influence on what he does best so let it be. Anyway, there is nothing wrong with making your own statement.
- Terry, London, UK
Good for him.
- Mark, Chorley, UK
Get a grip Britain, it's just a hair cut.
- Dan, Bristol
Haha! We're on a roll!
He's good at his job... end of!
- Richard, England
I like Evan Davis, he is one of the good guys in the media. So you know, live and let live.
- Robinson, Cambridge, UK
I like him. He's one of the coolest people on television. Very easy to listen to and understand.
- Alison F, Cambridge, UK
Good for him... I am so sick of the angry miserable people who write comments on here about people's appearance and dress. Get your own lives.
- Steph Jones, London
*does lap of honour around room with t-shirt over head*
Well there we are. Perhaps I'm too harsh on folk who read the Mail. Hmm. No, they're still a bunch of reactionary fools, but I'm pleasantly surprised by this reaction. It just goes to show, you might think you know what people are going to say, but maybe not... and maybe, just maybe, even Mail readers aren't as prejudiced and brainless as a lot of their writers think they are.
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