Update Friday 9th May: The Guardian has taken down the blog post and article featured in the following post. The original report has been challenged strongly and no-one else has come forward to support the allegations. I will leave the body of the post for the record, but I’ve struck through the text to make it clear that the facts are in dispute.
Johnny Vegas, sexist pig. There are plenty of blog reactions to this incident where he invited a young audience member on stage and sexually assaulted her, while no-one in the audience came to her aid (though many drew audible breath, or hissed, or booed, no-one came to help her).
I haven’t kept track of where I read this, so please let me know who to credit if you know who first had the idea: Johnny Vegas is one of the major voice artists on the British advertising for PG Tips tea products (which features costumed chimpanzees), and the suggestion has been made that anyone offended by Johnny Vegas‘ sexual assault on an audience member should boycott PG Tips until he is dropped from their advertising campaign.
I want to extend that: PG Tips is owned by Unilever, who own many brands of everyday household products all around the world – mostly food & beverages, ice-cream and personal care products. Check out this list and see whether one of the products you normally use is from a manufacturer owned by Unilever, and let Unilever know that you won’t buy any of their products until Johnnie Vegas is no longer used in their advertising of PG Tips (presumably he has a contract that they can’t just renege upon, but I’m sure that the highly paid attorneys whom Unilever has on retainer can negotiate something to ensure that his voice does not appear, which means he can’t place the role on his CV).
For my fellow antipodeans, here’s the homepage for Unilever in Australia and New Zealand. I’m sad to learn that it includes Streets, but I won’t be buying any more of their products until Vegas disappears from the advertising for PG Tips.