Are You Joking? You Called Her A Paki?!?!?!?!


Ummm, it's late and I really want to go to bed but I am up in arms!


If you don't know, this is all about Strictly Come Dancing, professional dancer Anton Du Beke has an Moroccan dance partner, Laila Rouass, and he 'jokingly' called her a Paki. He publicly apologised, she, although offended, accepted the apology and the BBC 'stood by their man'.

People are bleeting that this is political correctness gone wrong blah-de-blah. Usually, I am the one bemoaning political correctness gone crazy (argh, vertically challenged for short??? Nah, your just short mate!). But how is it OK to get rid of Carol Thatcher for calling a footballer a gollywog (blatant racist term in the UK) but to keep Du Beke because it was 'in jest'? How comes racism is OK against Asians but not against black people?! WTF?!?! In jest my ANUS, look if that was a black chick being called a nigger people would be up in arms, there would be shouts that the BBC is institutionally racist. But Du Beke get's let off?!! And WORSE, for some unknown reason it's OK for Bruce Forsythe, a veritable darling of British primetime TV to say being called a Paki is not different than Brits being called Limey's. Like, ARE YOU BLOODY JOKING?!?! No, it's actually EXACTLY the same as being called a Nigger, Gollywog, Chink, Spazz (for spastic) and all the other words that have a real serious negative effect on a group in society, and lead to victimisation and deep divisions in society. It is not an innocent adjective. It is a vile, foul, offensive word. I tend to support the BBC almost unreservedly but honestly, this is badly done!


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Abena said...

wow when did this happen?? i think British people are generally oversensitive about very unnecessary things but they ignore the things which actually matter.

i don't think Anton's racist but he should not be let off so easily.

Nsoromma...Child of the Heavens said...

I do agree that Brit's over react and I also do not think that Anton is necessarily racist. But the BBC let him off far to easily AND Brucie's comment worries me. It worries me that people do not realise what a racist comment is!

Sankofa said...

There does seem to be some double standard on the Beeb's response but I also wonder why we're up in arms for this woman. By her own admission, she took it as a joke and states that they have put it behind them so is it our place if the supposed "victim" has no problem with it?

Nsoromma...Child of the Heavens said...

I don't really think the issue should be whether or not she was offended. It's an offensive word! It should not be used, it's the same way I feel about the use of the N-word.

Faf said...

That's a bit of an over the top reaction here isnt it?

What's you anus got to do with any thing?

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