James Martin, 47, voiced his outrage after the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service determined to axe Fireman Sam as a mascot for being “outdated”. The Saturday Morning star ranted in regards to the determination in view of his 648,000 Twitter followers final evening, and steered he now needed to be “known as an Otter” to keep away from gender identification debates. The chef shared a picture of the cartoon firefighter and blasted the concept that the character would dissuade ladies from becoming a member of the fireplace service as “outrageous madness”. He wrote: “Right that’s it, Fireman Sam is the last straw I’m done with this PC b******s and 100 identities being taught.”
After dismissing it as an difficulty, he added: “In a last stand to this outrageous madness I now wish to be known as an Otter.”
The TV persona then known as on his followers to hitch him in escaping the scenario.
He continued: “I like other Otters and when you get bored of this c**p in the world join me under water with other Otters, both male and female, and call enough and an end to this madness.”
James went on to vary his profile image to a snap of an otter to additional emphasise his level.
Fans took to the feedback part of James’ tweets to share their views on the argument.
Some sided with the star, with one person writing: “Couldn’t agree extra. Today I used to be studying a couple of gender impartial penguin. Ffs let’s return to b****y regular.”(sic)
Another added: “Joining you proper now #otters.”
However, others disagreed and branded James’ suggestion “disappointing”.
An upset Twitter consumer wrote again: “At the underside of it, ‘PC c**p’ is about having respect for and caring about different individuals. You do not must agree with what anybody else thinks or decides, however they’re entitled to their view. It’s so disappointing that you simply’d make a remark like this.”
A second person puzzled: “Have you requested your self why you’re so upset about this?”
The journalist launched into an epic rant directed at Les Britzman, the Chief Fire Office for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service for banning the mascot.
“You have an objection for Fireman Sam who portrays the service showing a white man in charge and there you are, a white man in charge,” Piers exclaimed to Les.
“Yes I am a white man, and across the fire and rescue there are 95 per cent of white male [firefighters] and this doesn’t reflect society, half our population is female,” Les argued again.
The outspoken star then identified how the cartoon sequence included a feminine firefighter known as Penelope, alongside black and disabled characters.
“It couldn’t have a more [diverse] collection of people!” Piers acknowledged. “[The show has been] bullied into doing the whole lot he may probably need and now you wish to eliminate Fireman Sam!
“Why can’t fireplace companies use the Fireman Sam model? Why can’t you have fun women and men? Why does the whole lot must be gender fluid?”