Comedian Calls Simon Cowell ‘Bad Man’ For Starting The Trend Of Bullying People On Television
Comedians James Acaster and Ed Gamble recently appeared on the podcast White Wine Question Time hosted by Kate Thornton. They opened up about how jokes about Simon Cowell during their sets are not a hit with the crowd.
James Acaster Said Crowds Hate It When He Makes Jokes About Simon Cowell
Acaster was not shy to talk about his unsuccessful time making jokes about Cowell. “People hate it when you slag off Simon Cowell,” he said. “Every gig I’ve had where anything that he’s been associated with has come up and I’ve gone off on a rant about it, it never gets the reaction that I thought.” Cowell has quite a huge global fanbase, so is it really that shocking that some people aren’t keen on jokes about him?
“I think everyone’s going to be on board and agree with me and everyone’s always like, ‘Leave those shows alone'” he continued. “Those shows are the best shows in the world. You shut up and don’t slag those shows off. That’s what makes us British.'” Shows like ‘BGT’ and The X Factor have been huge hits on television in the UK with Cowell taking on the head judge role.
Acaster Thinks Cowell Influenced Other People To Become Bullies
“Before he was on TV, we thought people like him were bullies and nasty – and then he got on TV and everyone started loving it” Acaster said about Cowell. “First of all, they loved it because he was like mean, so it’s like, ‘He’s the guy you love to hate.'”
“Then over the years they were like, ‘Well actually I want to be like Simon Cowell'” he said. “And now we’re just all a bunch of horrible bullies in this country – it’s because of Simon Cowell. I hate him!” While Acaster may hate Cowell, there’s a long list of celebrities that actually love him. Check out the What’s Hot Video below where we countdown 12 celebrities that have openly admitted to having a crush on Simon Cowell. Trust us when we say, some of the names might shock you!
Is Simon Cowell Really A Bully?
Thornton who actually hosted The X Factor defended Cowell’s harsh comments. “I think in the early days, people were shocked by his honesty but also there was that chime of like, ‘But I was thinking that myself'” she said. “I think that underpinned his success because I think he said what a lot of people were thinking, but were too polite to say.”
Gamble supported Acaster by saying that sometimes being outspoken and saying what you think is not a good quality to have. Acaster said that Cowell looks like a “bad man” on television and actually thinks that it comes from a dark place within him. “The whole being honest to people… It’s just because you hate yourself so much and you’re worried that everyone’s going to slag you off, so you get there first,” Acaster said.
While it may be true that Cowell has made some brutish or mean comments over the years, he has become a lot softer especially after becoming a father. Though not appearing on ‘BGT’ for the live shows due to his electric bike accident, he has made it clear now that on his shows, there is a zero-tolerance policy for bullying.
It is quite ironic that the man who made his career based on developing this persona is condemning bullying, but people can change. We have seen over the years that Cowell has felt sympathy towards acts on ‘BGT’ and other talent shows that have experienced bullying. Do you think he has changed his tough persona at all?