Tubby Isaacs wrote:
I accept the existence of advertising, but it does seem a bit tawdry for people to do it who don't need to. I don't mind the Go Compare bloke or a struggling actor.
Ben Elton didn't do adverts, did he? I quite like that. I can't see why he's not supposed to write musicals, mind.
I agree with this. It is not difficult to work out if someone doing an advert is well of enough that they don't need to be doing it. You could extend that argument to say that an actor with no work and little money could have had that job, and the money would have been of some obvious benefit to them.
Who decides who is allowed to do advertisements then? You? Me? A Daily Mail reader?
I presume that you shun films which have anybody you've heard of in them then because those roles should have gone to struggling unknowns.
And Ben Elton shouldn't write musicals because he is shit at them, not because of any monetary reasons. Hope that clears that one up.
Which Ben Elton musicals have you seen? Were you expecting them to be good?
Whatever, that they are "shit" is a subjective decision on your part. In this instance, it's one I suspect I agree with (based on the excerpts that I've heard and the reviews I've read), but that is neither here nor there. Why should we inflict our taste on other people? Would you be happy for the government to decide who can write musicals? Or Simon Cowell maybe?
What about a panel comprising Melanie Phillips, Richard Littlejohn and Peter Hitchens? Why not? They're successful journalists and social commentators who have become household names writing for a very popular newspaper, should they be determining what musicals you and I can go and see?
When enough people agree with us that Ben Elton writes shit musicals he will stop because they won't make enough money to be viable. But until then they won't bother me because I won't go to them. Sadly it seems that it will bother you, because you don't seem to like other people enjoying something which is not to your taste.
I'm really glad I don't live in your world.