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Susannah Constantine apologises for “joke” about killing cyclists

Fashion presenter has also accepted offer to join Jeremy Vine on a bike ride

TV personality Susannah Constantine has apologised for remarks she made in a podcast in which she said “I fucking hate cyclists” and that she would like “to kill the lot of them” – with the fashion journalist and Trinny and Susannah star claiming the comments were meant as a joke.

We reported on her comments yesterday, with our article retweeted by broadcaster and cyclist Jeremy Vine this morning, who observed that “The last minority you can legally wish death on are cyclists,” and he invited Constantine to go for a bike ride with him.

In an episode of her My Wardrobe Malfunction podcast on YouTube in which she was speaking with Dr Sarah Parish, Constantine had said: “Oh I hate cycling.  I won’t cycle. No, I fucking hate cyclists.

“My husband is a cyclist and if I see him on the road on his bicycle, I’m going to run him over.

“And the day when I know I’m about to die, I’m going to get in my car, aged 90, and I’m going to drive into cyclists wearing Lycra, kill the lot of them and go and die in jail.”

Today, Constantine said on Twitter: “My remarks about cyclists were intended as a joke. I am not planning to run over anyone riding a bike and recognise that it was insensitive to say so.

“I apologise for any offence caused and the remarks have been removed from the My Wardrobe Malfunction episode.”

She added that she would take up the offer of a bike ride with Vine who, like her, is a past contestant on the BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing.

There’s no news on whether Vine will get her to ride a penny farthing similar to the one he rode this morning to a delicatessen near his home in Chiswick.

Claiming that anti-cyclist comments were intended to be a joke, or were made ironically, seems to be the default defence for high-profile media personalities who make them - including, recently, The Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle, who had written in the newspaper that he found it “tempting” to stretch piano wire at neck height across roads used by cyclists.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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BadgerBeaver | 3 years ago
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I feel srry for her. I read that as a cry for help

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Dr Lincoln Grant | 3 years ago
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Well, she's right in one sense: TfL, Boris and mayor Khan have spent £1 billion on narrowing London's once beautiful broad boulevards - the only major city in Europe to do so.

Take Pall Mall - once a safe cycling avenue - but now the width between bus/truck and bicycle has been cut from 6ft to 6" if you're lucky.

Wonderful road 'improvements'.. most 'wonderful' at killing and injuring cyclists?

The latest 'super-slow' highway - along Bayswater Rd - often has fewer than 20 cyclists using it each morning, while a mile of traffic, maybe 2,000 people sit in buses and cars..

The ludicrous Boris bike scheme is only kept alive by massive subsidies, and many bikes have never been used. 

The tiny rise in London's cycle population coincided with a steep rise in bus fares under Ken Livingstone, which ousted most young people and students.

The only way London's retail, cafe and street economy will survive, if at all, is if tens of thousands of car parking spaces are restored across central London. (Yes, really). Delivery drivers outnumber cyclists in London by 30:1.. wot's the logic?

Are the media types who whitter on, (especially at the dire BBC - who watches it?), about the glories of urban cycling are a dying minority.

Is London's bike 'strategy' a total failure in need of a total re-think? Yep, no doubt about that!

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hawkinspeter replied to Dr Lincoln Grant | 3 years ago
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Dr Lincoln Grant wrote:

Well, she's right in one sense: TfL, Boris and mayor Khan have spent £1 billion on narrowing London's once beautiful broad boulevards - the only major city in Europe to do so.

Take Pall Mall - once a safe cycling avenue - but now the width between bus/truck and bicycle has been cut from 6ft to 6" if you're lucky.

Wonderful road 'improvements'.. most 'wonderful' at killing and injuring cyclists?

The latest 'super-slow' highway - along Bayswater Rd - often has fewer than 20 cyclists using it each morning, while a mile of traffic, maybe 2,000 people sit in buses and cars..

The ludicrous Boris bike scheme is only kept alive by massive subsidies, and many bikes have never been used. 

The tiny rise in London's cycle population coincided with a steep rise in bus fares under Ken Livingstone, which ousted most young people and students.

The only way London's retail, cafe and street economy will survive, if at all, is if tens of thousands of car parking spaces are restored across central London. (Yes, really). Delivery drivers outnumber cyclists in London by 30:1.. wot's the logic?

Are the media types who whitter on, (especially at the dire BBC - who watches it?), about the glories of urban cycling are a dying minority.

Is London's bike 'strategy' a total failure in need of a total re-think? Yep, no doubt about that!

Ha ha - stupid non-cyclists going nowhere when they could be getting fitter, healthier and complete their journey quicker.

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brooksby replied to Dr Lincoln Grant | 3 years ago
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Dr Lincoln Grant wrote:

... narrowing London's once beautiful broad boulevards ...

Is there another London, then?  I thought we were talking about the one on the Thames.

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Tollers replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

Is there another London, then?  I thought we were talking about the one on the Thames.

Funnily enough. Yes, there is another London, in Ontario, Canada. Meandering through it is the Thames river as it passes Oxford Street, Victoria Park, Museum London and under Blackfriars bridge. 

 

 

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OldRidgeback replied to Dr Lincoln Grant | 3 years ago
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You've not heard of a place called Paris? Do some research. It has boulevards. And guess what? It has a very pro-cycling transport approach. 

Meanwhile Berlin has been criticised for not being sufficiently pro cycling.

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wilkij1975 | 3 years ago
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How do these people always get away with this crap? Replace the word cyclist with any religion, minority group or sexual orientation and you've got a hate crime and an arrest! Same should happen here for indighting violence and hate against a group. 

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OldRidgeback | 3 years ago
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Well that's one comment that got a has-been celebrity some column inches for the first time in  a few decades. 

The only thing in her favour is that she dislikes the even more loathsome Jeremy Clarkson intensely.

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hawkinspeter | 3 years ago
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...because death threats are so funny

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brooksby | 3 years ago
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Its always quite funny finding out what happened to all those people who were all over the television about fifteen to twenty years ago...  Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen advertising bathroom suites, Charlie Dimmock still reorganising people's gardens, Susannah Constantine peddling hate making jokes on the internet...  I wonder whatever happened to Linda Barker?

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Dingaling | 3 years ago
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Well I don't accept her apology. She expressed her fundamental position and calling it a joke because she is being criticised is, to my mind, a lie.

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bangarang | 3 years ago
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What a vile human.

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Capercaillie replied to bangarang | 3 years ago
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Quite. She happily goes round murdering foxes for so called sport. I've encountered the hunt a few times when out on my bike. Arrogant lot directed me to go a different way to make way for their entourage including a load of range rovers.

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handlebarcam | 3 years ago
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What she means when she says it was a joke is that, within a month or two, she'll be talking about how cyclists have no sense of humour for not "getting" her hilarious comedy about wanting to murder them. Probably at dinner parties with other faded ex-Sloane Rangers, people who were once on TV and reckon they've been "cancelled" but actually everyone else just realized they were completely devoid of talent, an uncle from Walton-on-the-Naze, and the lunatic fringes of the Tory Party (i.e. members of the cabinet.)

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Cugel replied to handlebarcam | 3 years ago
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handlebarcam wrote:

What she means when she says it was a joke is that, within a year, she'll be talking about how cyclists have no sense of humour for not "getting" her hilarious comedy about wanting to murder them. Probably at dinner parties with other faded ex-Sloane Rangers, people who were once on TV and reckon they've been "cancelled" but actually everyone else just realized they were completely devoid of talent, and the lunatic fringes of the Tory Party (i.e. members of the cabinet.)

Just so.

Getting "an apology" from such degenerates who enjoy emitting these "jokes" is a waste of time and a distraction. One might as well believe the excuses of a Tory for doing Tory things. They will continue to feel and do bad things no matter how thickly papered-over with "apologies" and double-speak.

Other hater syndromes such as racism and misogyny remain in the heads of those harbouring them but have been discouraged to a degree only by laws. No law will change the inner attitude but the nasty behaviours engendered by such attitudes will reduce if there's a good chance the behaviours will be punished.

Good theory - which can work if actually implemented.

Eventually, the fact of their illegality and their association with criminality will begin to change the damaging attitudes of some folk. Peole are generally rather conformist but tend to avoid conforming to illegal behaviours unless they're in a gang of mad loons (such as The Tory Party) determined to act outside of socially-acceptable norms whilst maintaining a veneer of respectability.

And there's the rub.

At present, Tory disingenuousness concerning law and order has permitted loon-groups of every ilk & tittle to come baying from their various holes and caves. Many laws against damaging others are no longer enforced. Even if a law was made that nominated cyclist-persection as a hate crime, no one would enforce it - unless the cyclist was a Tory politician, of course.

Cugel

 

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Durin90 | 3 years ago
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I don't think it's enough. 

In general, branding a death treats toward cyclists as a 'joke' is becoming a new norm. 
People are fighting sexists and racists jokes but same time they have nothing against 'jokes' about killing people on bikes. Why?

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Hirsute | 3 years ago
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Didn't think it warranted a story. Who is she now anyhow ?
Seems it simply helped get her exposure for her show.

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Austim | 3 years ago
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I'd be totally fine never seeing this woman's picture on road.cc ever again.

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srchar | 3 years ago
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Of course it was meant as a joke. Just a crap, insensitive, unimaginative one.

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the little onion replied to srchar | 3 years ago
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Well, you say that. And you are probably at least partially right. The problem is that there are frequent incidents where people in cars randomly attack cyclists. There are far too many cases where this sentiment clearly isn't a joke

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srchar replied to the little onion | 3 years ago
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Agree.

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eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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Great.  Z-1 celeb apoligises for post that no-one noticed.

Just crawl back under your rock Susan.

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reuvenfg | 3 years ago
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there is no smoke without fire, even if she did mean it as a joke (which I still doubt) the joke came from somewhere and I wouldn't like to see her face behind the windscreen of the car heading towards me

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