Jeremy Clarkson attacks ‘selfish’ suicide victims

December 4, 2011 at 11:46 am 7 comments

Jeremy Clarkson has caused a barrage of complaints for two seperate incidents, the first, suggesting that strikers should be shot, sinane tupidity, the second, which I will discuss here, nothing short of dangerous, as well as grossly insensiMr Clarkson claimed those who commit suicide by jumping in front of trains were selfish suicide Johnnys,’ and that their remains should be left there.  All this after claiming sympathy for those who are suicidal, clearly this was just an angle, and not real sympathy.

Rightly mental health organisations have spoken out, against his view and acted quickly to support those who may be affected by the remark. There is much anger,as you would expect,but does he truely understand what he has done?

Mr Clarkson you have just made the burden of families dealing with the aftermath of such deaths harder ,they have  to deal with a concept they can hardly bear, and  anyway   is not true, suicide victims are ill, they are not selfish,they are ill.  Would you tell a physically ill person who walked slowly ,they were selfish, because you might miss the train?  Assuming the answer is no, why is mental health any different?

People who commit suicide,are desperate, they see no other way, for many they mistakenly believethisis the best solution for their families.   Their logic, if they have any, is skewed, they  have ‘dismissed’ all logical options, to them this is  logical. Calling the selfish will not make them rethink, it could wrongly serve to confirm their decision.

People who are not well informed use the opinions of the well known to form their own view.  It would be a real tragedy if someone asked for help, and someone mistakenly applied the Clarkson theory, a method that is likely to cause harm, not support those in need. Those who are the source of such views,have a moralr esponsibility to express their views appropriately.

Finally Mr Clarkson, my personal view, I hope that the reaction against you, and the swift action of the charities, has served to prevent you causing a  .  However, in the event that this is not the case,your view should be madec clear toevery Coroners Court in the land, and if it is found to be a factor,you shouldbe held appropriately, and legally accountable. In a humane society, actionshave consequences, every citizen has a duty to ensure the correct person suffers the consequences of their actions, and that those at risk are protected.

If you need support because of these remarks The Samaritans provide a 24 hour helpline on 08457 909090.  Details of other local services for those with mental health issues are in your localphonebook.  In many areas the NHS may provide a crisis service. You may be able to use this without being a patient.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ron  |  December 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Clarkson is a self-serving cretin and has, I’m pretty sure, used the suicide “joke” previously, possibly in his Sunday Times column.

    The best advice I can offer anyone upset by him is not to take this loser seriously – he’s simply a pathetic oik, a superannuated little boy, terrified of getting old and taking every repellent chance to gain publicity and, in his deluded eyes, enhance his image.

    And sadly, as he’s Cameron’s mate – no surprise there – the chances of getting him fired are pretty remote.

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    • 2. debondisability  |  December 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Cameron being his mate, won’t stop public opinion swinging against him if we try hard enough. We have to work to protect the vunerable.

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  • 3. Janet Yatak  |  December 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    whatever we think about the comments we must agree that he has the right to say what he thinks and he has the right to his opinion

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    • 4. debondisability  |  December 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      Everyone has the right to their own personal opinion, however if that opinion is made publicly, there has to be responsible consideration of the effects.

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  • 5. jon d gardner  |  December 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I Agree with debondisability he should be shown up for an imature and insensative person, I do Feel That he should be dropped from the TV programs that he uis involved in.

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    • 6. debondisability  |  December 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      I think he should be held responsible for his actions

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  • 7. proothisi istoseldion  |  December 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I’d have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

    Reply

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