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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Whats all the fuss about? 

So i check out the Guardian's website and shock horror, the major news story of the day is about celebrity big brother and how some bollywood actress, Shilpa Shetty was subject to racist bullying on the show.

Apparently someone called her a dog and another referred to her using the c word.
According to the report:
The show has now prompted more than 17,500 complaints to media regulator Ofcom and Big Brother broadcaster Channel 4 in the UK, while the controversy has been widely reported in India.

And now the politicians have joined in, Blair and Gordon Brown have made comments and the Indian government has promised to "take appropriate measures". (yeah like banning the export of bollywood films to the UK LOL)

When issues like this become headline news you know its a slow week (i.e. no important event/disaster to report)

Personally i haven't seen celebrity big brother, not that i'll ever be caught dead watching such crap, there are far more interesting things to use my remaining brain cells for.

The 17,500+ people complaining to ofcom should do what most people do when confronted with a crappy show on tv, change the channel.
If no one watches it guess what happens, it gets cancelled. ..

She's not racist because...

The political party we love to hate was in the news again. It seems they have quite a few high profile members

BNP ballerina dances through protest by anti-racists

a quick recap to this story
Simone Clarke, a ballerina with the English National Ballet (a publicly funded organisation) was reported by The Guardian to be a member of the British National Party (BNP) during an investigation into the far-right organisation.

Now what i found quite interesting about the story is this part:
Richard Barnbrook, BNP councillor for Barking and Dagenham, where the far-right party is the official opposition, said: "I don't normally go to the ballet but I'm going to support Simone Clarke. I'm supporting her freedom of expression."

Richard Barnbrook, said she had his full backing and that he did not object to her relationship with Cuban-Chinese dancer Yat-Sen Chang. "She's not racist - she's going out with someone who is not of her own race," he said. But he said, he hoped the couple would not have children.

"I'm not opposed to mixed marriages but their children are washing out the identity of this country's indigenous people," he explained, quickly adding: "That's my view, it's not the party's view."

Now that really cracked me up, has to be one of the best excuses i have ever heard. I wonder what simone's cuban-chinese partner has to say about it...

posted by ijebuman  # 4:03 pm
If you club with the reprehensible you end up in an indefensible situation.

Does she now have the gumption to read that right and pirouette herself out of the BNP? Unlikely!
"I'm not opposed to mixed marriages but their children are washing out the identity of this country's indigenous people,"

I think that's the funniest thing I've read this week...
..in a way it makes sense, in a way it doesn't.
I mean I can inteprete that to mean He's opposed to mixed marriage in a way..
its just classic 'double speak', he is not opposed to mixed marriages BUT... (that word changes the context of that statement)
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