September 21, 2006
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I’m in two minds over the whole Richard Hammond crash. I like the guy; I think he’s a good presenter and funny and personable and strangely attractive. But it’s so very similar to Steve Irwin‘s death, in that if you play with fire/dangerous animals/fast cars, eventually something’s going to go wrong (Jamie, I know a stingray isn’t ‘dangerous’ as such, but you know what I’m getting at). If these guys were not celebrities, they’d be up for Darwin Awards – though obviously hoping that Hammond pulls through, dicey as it currently looks. It’s tricky – I want to say "oh for fuck’s sake, it was surely obvious that one of these days a Top Gear presenter was going to get hurt, and there’s evidently no justice in the world cos it wasn’t Clarkson" but then I’ve laughed at the stunts (ice hockey with cars was a classic) and I cringed in sympathy when I saw the news last night. I think saying "oh for fuck’s sake" and being sympathetic aren’t mutually exclusive, right?