Earlier in the week, N-Dubz were on the Chris Moyles programme (apparently this was to balance out BBC Radio broadcasting In Our Time); during the course of which, a woman sent in a sarky text criticising Dappy:
complaining that he was "vile" and "a little boy with a silly hat".
Now, what's the best way to demonstrate that you're not vile?
How about stealing the woman's number, and sending a series of semi-literate death threats. By text. From his own phone:
"Your gonna die. U sent a very bad msg towards Ndubz on The Chris Moyels show yesterday Morning and for that reason u will never be left alone!!! u say sorry I will leave u alone u ****."
"u dum f****** ***head u can call me names over the radio but when I call u direct u chicken out u punk!nana f****** niii, Dappy."
Wendy Cope, I know for a fact, is kicking herself she never thought of that last line.
Chloe Moody, the unlucky recipient of Dappy's ire, is unhappy:
Moody told the newspaper: "It's terrifying when anybody sends you a death threat, whether it's real or not. Somebody of a fragile mind would be worrying what they were going to do. His behaviour is unprofessional. I'm considering going to the police."
It's unpleasant, certainly. But I'm not sure "unprofessional" is a word that can really be flung at Dappy - 'idiot in a hat' isn't really a profession in any meaningful sense of the word; it's not even a job, in the sense that if he wasn't doing it, you wouldn't exactly rush to put an 'idiot wanted: must have own hat' card in the window.