Top Gear may be forced to include a female cast member

Top Gear may be forced to include a female cast member

Top Gear stunt

Earlier this week, the UK’s Labour deputy leader, Harriet Harman, unveiled some new legislation called the “Equity Bill” which requires state-funded organizations (like the BBC) to increase the amount of female, black and gay staff to better reflect the diversified population of the UK. If the reforms go through, everyone’s favorite motoring show might have to add a female cast member.

The Controversial reform is of course going to have consequences beyond Top Gear, but much of the Daily Mail’s reporting on the bill revolves around Clarkson, Hammond and May.

One female academic Dr. Louise Livesey, a tutor in sociology and women’s studies at the Ruskin College in Oxford, said the show is “entrenched, institutional sexism.”

Thankfully, Top Gear’s producer Andy Wilman released a statement in response, calling out the mandate and its supporting egg-heads by saying “our regular viewers know, on account of them normally having more common sense than politicians or academics, Top Gear is a male show, in that it revolves around three males enjoying their love of cars.” Wilman also said, “this sort of claptrap is very patronising 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.”

Nice work Wilman, way to show them who’s boss, but why not just claim the Stig is infact female?

Top Gear stunt

Earlier this week, the UK’s Labour deputy leader, Harriet Harman, unveiled some new legislation called the “Equity Bill” which requires state-funded organizations (like the BBC) to increase the amount of female, black and gay staff to better reflect the diversified population of the UK. If the reforms go through, everyone’s favorite motoring show might have to add a female cast member.

The Controversial reform is of course going to have consequences beyond Top Gear, but much of the Daily Mail’s reporting on the bill revolves around Clarkson, Hammond and May.

One female academic Dr. Louise Livesey, a tutor in sociology and women’s studies at the Ruskin College in Oxford, said the show is “entrenched, institutional sexism.”

Thankfully, Top Gear’s producer Andy Wilman released a statement in response, calling out the mandate and its supporting egg-heads by saying “our regular viewers know, on account of them normally having more common sense than politicians or academics, Top Gear is a male show, in that it revolves around three males enjoying their love of cars.” Wilman also said, “this sort of claptrap is very patronising 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.”

Nice work Wilman, way to show them who’s boss, but why not just claim the Stig is infact female?

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