On my show today, I discussed the tweet made by Lord Alan Sugar, and how I think people are rushing to call the guy a racist. He categorically isn’t. The guy hires and fires people from any racial background, and runs multiple businesses across the country with people regardless of their race.
To suggest an old businessman is racist because he cracked the kind of joke you’d hear in the living room of any working-class house is to suggest that millions of people across this country hate people because of their race. Britain has a long history of "offensive’ comedy," and it’s something that defined the comedy genre of television and film for decades.
But the p.c. police and the race baiters are making comedy crap.
Only today I also saw that the head of BBC comedy had claimed that the Oxbridge white blokes of Monty Python wouldn’t get on TV these days. Instead, he’s focusing on more "diverse" comedy… including an all-woman sketch show.
I can’t wait…
John Cleese’s reply was wonderful, though. He took to Twitter and said:
BBC's Head of Comedy puts Monty Python's lack of originality down to a surfeit of education and racist bias— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) June 20, 2018
Unfair ! We were remarkably diverse FOR OUR TIME
We had three grammar-school boys, one a poof, and Gilliam, though not actually black, was a Yank. And NO slave-owners
Remember Ab Fab? That’s one of my absolute favourites – but there’s no way a brand-new series like this could be made now. I remember constant references to the character Sarah, played by Naoko Mori, being Asian. Edina constantly referred to her as "Titicaca" for some reason – no doubt an attempt at a racial joke, but one which misses the mark totally because Lake Titicaca is on the border of Peru and Bolivia.
And while the anti-racist moaners complained about the Ab Fab movie using "yellowface" a couple of years ago, Naoko Mori stands by the show and actually praises Jennifer Saunders for bringing an Asian actress into the mix.
In an interview with themusic.com.au, she said:
"Ab Fab, for example – that was never a Japanese part. It was purely because of Jennifer being forward-thinking then – 'Why not have a Japanese or Asian character?' So I really am grateful for all the producers and casting directors and people like Jennifer and Russell to go, 'You know what, why not have a Japanese or Asian person?' So I've been really lucky."
Contrast that with Margaret Cho….
I AM FUCKING SICK OF YELLOWFACE. Have some respect. Hire Asian actors 4 Asian roles. I'm not going to name the production but I'm DISGUSTED!— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 14, 2015
And then there’s Little Britain, Fawlty Towers… hell, I could be here all day. So why not head over to VICE, where they’d got a full article about all the British sit coms that trigger them.
The faux outrage and complaints, in my eyes, do more harm to race relations. It’s pointless pretending race doesn’t exist, and it’s unacceptable to treat anyone who isn’t white like a child. We cannot be separate but equal, where it’s fair to make cheap shots at white people, but you can never crack a joke about non-white people.
Why is it that disabled people who get up on stage and joke about their disabilities are praised, but non-white people who get involved in politically incorrect banter are relentlessly attacked?
I’d rather live in a world where we could all laugh with each other. Take the p*ss, joke with friends, and crack jokes at the expense of real racism, which is the goal of most "racist" jokes in the first place.
Far-left race baiters are making comedy crap.