It took the (now rather brilliant and wholly risen in my estimation) Alan Titchmarsh to finally speak out and offer Cesar a taste of rational thought.
So much opinion, so many complaints. By now we know what happened on the Alan Titchmarsh show this week. A giant dollop of common sense from the rooted Titchmarsh. Having had time to reflect a bit, read comments and listen to people’s views, I have learned a lot about how the celebrity machine that is Cesar Millan seems to be setting him up but seemingly, and rather oddly, for failure. Is this truly a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes and if it is, why should we applaud Alan for his stand? Why aren’t more interviewers pointing these things out?
1) Cesar Millan is news!
Good or bad, Cesar is news. The machinery of publicity means he has to sell tickets, sell his show, sell himself. Drayton Michaels (brilliant mind) posted a statement on this explaining how the Cesar machine has had many opportunities to learn and use kinder methods but has repeatedly not done this. Why? More drama and news when confrontational. Gentle methods don’t suit movie music.
2) Cesar does nice things too!
In the UK we are in the midst of a huge scandal about Jimmy Savile, a DJ and TV presenter for kids TV and massive raiser of funds for charity who – it turns out – was also allegedly a sex abuser and rapist with over 300 people coming forward to police. Nobody said a word, or if they did, it was quelled so as not to rock the boat. No-one said a word because of the charity connections and good works. Now, I am not suggesting at all that Cesar is abusing women, but we can see from his films that the dogs under his ministrations show signs of stress, asphyxiation and extreme fear reactions. Videos show kicks to the dogs underbelly (the definition of kick is to strike with the foot, which happens a lot), dogs being strangled on loops of leads and so on. No-one says anything? All praise to Alan Titchmarsh, he did not back down his questioning. The oddest thing is, Alan is criticised! But Cesar’s Way is given justification because he had his photo taken with a crippled dog. ‘Cesar does nice things too’.