The laws of libel are interesting.
For instance, if I said that Victor Lewis-Smith did unnatural things with animals and/or children, he could SUE – unless it were TRUE – and I could PROVE it.
However, since I have no reason to believe – and certainly no PROOF – that Victor Lewis-Smith’s relationships with animals and/or children are anything other than PERFECTLY natural, I will refrain from making any such claim.
But calling him a prick is fine. Or an excrescence of humanity – that too is fine. I can even call him an arsehole – yes, that feels about right – because all three of these descriptions are merely an OPINION.
And thus far, The Law has NOT seen fit to intervene in people’s opinions.
So there you have it: Victor Lewis-Smith is a prick, an excrescence of humanity and (my personal favourite) an arsehole.
And his hair looks stupid too.
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SUPPLEMENTAL! I am once again “elevating” an exchange from Comments to the piece itself…
Posted by Mike Hunt on November 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm
He might not be able to sue you, but he may come and kick your ass!
Posted by Vincent on November 12, 2013 at 8:08 am
HAH! I seriously doubt that. Apart from the fact I could take the weasel with one hand tied behind my back – if he DID strike me, I could sue HIM.
Plus he doesn’t know where I live.
And even if he DID, I doubt he would travel several thousand miles to confront ME when, as I understand it, there are THOUSANDS of people MUCH CLOSER to him – who hold the same opinion of the prat as I do!
Posted by Mike Hunt on November 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm
You really don’t like him, do you?
Posted by Vincent on November 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm
What’s to like? He’s a dumpy middle-aged loser who thinks dreadlocks and shades make him look cool.
Further, I suspect he believes that being given a few two-minute slots on “Loose Ends” by the late Ned Sherrin gives him credibility as a satirist.
But what REALLY annoys me is the fact that he bought the rights to the name and logo of the long-defunct Associated-Rediffusion TV – just to take the piss out of it.
By taking the logo of this once-proud organisation and turning it into a cardboard toy, he apparently thinks this makes him a media-terrorist – when the truth is that he is a sad, bottom-feeding, lying, conning little shit.
You’re right – I DON’T like him.