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Sunday, March 16, 2008

I think Sarah Green is the one who needs a hard hat

I noticed that someone had found my blog via the Google search term "I hate Stockport Grammar". As Stockport Grammar School is my alma mater, this caught my attention and I took a look at what hits had been returned. Rather a lot of them concerned this story which strikes me as rather sad. While I can see why the ad in question might shock the more humourless of parents, it isn't as though Miss Green made it while she was teaching at SGS, or anywhere else for that matter. She was employed as an actor, to make an advertisement which went on to win several awards. How many of her pupils at SGS will be able to say as much when they're her age?

I can see that the affair has probably caused her a good deal of embarrassment, and perhaps suspension was a smart move on the part of the headmaster to let the whole thing blow over. But for parents to be calling for her to be sacked suggests to me that the school should be vetting its prospective parents more carefully and rejecting the unsuitable ones.

Or as one of the commenters on the Sun's report has it, "What a bunch of sanctimonious, self-important morons". And she's not wrong. (Several of the Sun's commenters also pointed out that the ad promotes safe sex, incidentally.)

I must agree though agree with one of the Manchester Evening News's commenters, Simon Grant, who said:

With hindsight, a wise person in Sarah Green's position would be well-advised to bring up this matter of past history on appointment (not necessarily at interview), and agree with the head teacher a strategy to cope with the fallout if it came. It is unrealistic these days simply to hope that such information will not leak out.

The key word there, though, is "hindsight". Anyway, I shall be watching this story carefully to see how it ends. Until then, good luck, Sarah Green.

Miss Green, BTW, is the woman in the "Action Jacket" segment.

29 Comments:

At 16 March, 2008 22:56, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

I went to the wrong school.
And entered the wrong profession.
Ah well, hindsight.

 
At 17 March, 2008 18:26, Blogger Persephone said...

Speaking as a former teacher here, I'm not sure what would be the best option for Ms. Green. From a civil rights standpoint, no, she should definitely not be fired. But from a practical standpoint, how can she effectively teach adolescent (I'm assuming they are; they certainly sound so) boys who have seen her in this ad? Nuthin' to do with morality, but I hope, as a former boy yourself, you will not take offense if I suggest that teenaged boys are often a pain in the "hindsight", particularly if sexuality is hauled in, and there's no way they'd let her forget something like this.

I had to giggle at somone's comment which went something along the lines of "oh, come on, it's not as if it were porn..." Uh, okay. But it's pretty damned close, wouldn't you say? It certainly left little to the imagination. Sure, she probably needed the work, but did she really think it wouldn't come up later?

 
At 17 March, 2008 21:22, Blogger Rob said...

Well, it's not porn but it's definitely a sex scene, and she may well not have had teaching in mind for "later" when she did it.
I think there are definite double standards, though: if Helen Mirren applied for job teaching drama, would the parents demand she be sacked because of her far more explicit (and exposed) cavorting in "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and her Lover"? Also no doubt on YouTube. I bet they wouldn't bat an eyelid. OK, Sarah Green ain't Helen Mirren, but the ad did win a prize at Cannes. Come ON.

And while I'm sure you're right about future classes not letting her forget it (though as the school is now mixed that may not be quite as grim as if it were an all-male establishment) I'm sure if she meets it head-on and turns it into a joke (and whoever brought the subject up could easily find themselves the punchline....) she'll manage just fine. If she's any sense she'll keep a hard hat in her desk.

 
At 17 March, 2008 22:31, Blogger Persephone said...

Hmmmn, you do have a point about Helen Mirren. Maybe if Ms Green had taken care to do some Shakespeare first? (Even in the nude; didn't Helen Mirren do that?) Oh yes, and portray a member of the Royal Family. (Okay, but maybe not Fergie.)

If I were Ms Green, I'd downplay the Cannes aspect though. I'd hardly call it an award-winning performance, and besides, the sex was a tad one-sided...

 
At 18 March, 2008 02:06, Blogger Rob said...

Not everything that wins an award deserves it. I don't see the perpetrators of "Rocky" disavowing its Best Film Oscar though.

As for Shakespeare, you're probably right. But actors take the parts they can get, not those they'd like. I see "Tootsie" in your list of favourite films: enough said.

 
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