Stewart Lee has joined the fight to protect the BBC - and it seems like pretty much everyone on Twitter agrees.
In a column for the Guardian, he brands a group chosen by the government to help decide the BBC’s future as “witch-hunters”, as support for the broadcaster from high-profile figures continues to mount.
The group of experts, which includes the chairwoman of the Banking Standards Board and the executive chairman of smartphone app Shazam, is described acerbically by Lee as a “veritable human centipede of business-minded entities" stitched together "in order to safeguard the nation’s cultural heritage”.
The inclusion of Dawn Airey, the former head of Channel 5, is akin to “asking someone who draws ejaculating penises on the inside of public toilet cubicle doors to curate the National Gallery”, he adds.
The comedian questions why some of the BBC’s biggest success stories have not been invited to join the debate, as well as other figures from the entertainment world - including himself.
The “sad truth”, he says, is that such creatives “see culture as inherently valuable in and of itself, not simply as a branch of business that is too naive to know how to maximise its profit margins”.
The government’s consultation paper on the BBC will ask questions about the broadcaster’s purpose and future.
These will be debated before its Royal Charter is renewed.
Many people spoke out in support of Lee’s column…
Of course, the BBC does need reviewing but as Stewart Lee explains brilliantly here, not by this lot:July 19, 2015
I laughed out loud at this. And I don't laugh out loud at anything much. Stewart Lee on reforming the BBC. http://t.co/Il5dwiNRgm— David Sweeting (@Chewy_Sweets) July 19, 2015
Stewart Lee as cutting as ever, but so spot on with what he says https://t.co/f1IqRDZioh— Rob Warren (@Robwarren348) July 19, 2015
This is brilliant from Stewart Lee http://t.co/ugZjQtndbs— Carolyn Hitt (@carolyn_hitt) July 19, 2015
Great little article on the BBC reform: http://t.co/gWaVKyugTm ah, Stewart Lee. If only they'd listen. Worrying times.— David Petty (@exprojectionist) July 19, 2015
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The witch-hunters are ready to reform the BBC to death http://t.co/IpG3DOIGvg. I don't like a lot of the BBC, but this panel is ridiculous.— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) July 19, 2015