Thursday, 18 January 2007

The Sultry Princess and the White Slapper

It seems Britain is now a country where it is permissible to say "F*ck off" but not "F*ck off home", judging by the reaction to yesterday's goings-on at the Big Brother house.

Jade Goodie is obviously temperamentally unsuited to serve as Ambassadress for Britain and has abysmally failed in her role to bring about a golden age of Anglo-Indian friendship. But I will stand up for her, because it seems now that no one will. She is only famous for being vulgar, stupid and proletarian; ill-educated, ugly and incurably low. The proletarian viewers of Big Brother liked her because she showed spirit, perhaps, and felt she amused them sufficiently with her antics to deserve their vote, and for being one of them.

Put into the same household as an Indian showbiz princess, who is diamond compared to her coal, it was inevitable that the worst kind of feminine bitchery would be aroused. "Let's gang up on the snooty princess" was the unstated agenda of the more plebeian female members of the household, who giggled on the sofa while watching Jade gob all over Princess. Snooty Indian bitch, who does she think she is tellin' us to f*ckin' have elocution lessons, who thinks she's God's gift to the world etc etc. You can just hear their thoughts expressed in their unelocuted accents.

Princess, I seem remember, was clearly looking for trouble. Where are the stock cubes? Don't tell me you've wasted them or used them all up? On and on she went, until Jade lost patience.

If those white girls are guilty of anything at all, they are guilty of finding her irritating and expressing their feelings, in scatological terms in the case of Jade. But racist? I think not. Racist would go along the lines of "You Indian Showbiz Bollywood types are all alike, aren't you? You lot think you're all better than the likes of us, don't you? If you can't take the heat, then stay out of the Big Brother kitchen. If you pull out now or accuse us of racism just to get someone to stop us from speaking our minds in the only way we know how, you will be showing yourself up for what you really are: a snooty stuck up showbiz bitch who is going to pull rank on us the moment things get sticky for you. "

I imagine Jade will be sent packing soon enough for being a national disgrance and showing modern Britain in an ugly unflattering light. Her alleged racism, as far as I can see, extended to only deliberately and irritatingly calling attention to cultural or physical differences. An ideological assumption of racial superiority or inferiority of either party was surely the furthest thing from Jade's tiny little mind.


A.D.Williams said...

Ha ha! Well said young wallah. You have hit the nail on the head.

Anonymous said...

no he has'nt

Ex Jade fan said...

jades a vile piece of crap and she'll get all that she deserves

goosefat101 said...

Generally the big brother press covorage etc... is just a carnival to distract us all from the much more important political and personal things that are going on in the world.

In terms of racism, I think it clearly is mild racism (the non mild kind is violent and horrible).

Do they have the defence that they are badly educated and illinformed? Yes they do.

Do they have the defence that they come from the working class and they are confronted by someone who is rich?
Yes they do.

All that is made even more infuriating to them because it is an asian who is richer and more elegant than them.

I do understand the class issue. I work in a library and indian foreighn students come in and treat me literally like a servent because they are rich and they are used to treating people like that.

However I do not blame their race for this but their wealth.

Jade et al wouldn't consider themseleves racist but when you are really argravated by someone is when you are really tested. They were and they have been found lacking. But no more than most of us would in that situation.

Maybe they'll learn something, maybe their viewers will, through all this. But I think that unlikely.

And while Gordon Brown offers his thoughts on who should be evicted their are people dying in a war we are perpetuating, their are people sweating in sweat shops to make our shoes, their are... well I won't go on because other wise I woul go on all night. But you get my drift I hope.

Anonymous said...

Because she complained about oxo cubes its justified that she was bullied. Get a grip saddo.

Andromeda said...

Comment on a comment from "Saddo" above and a question for him (or her): Is all bullying racist? I think not. What is racist bullying? Is racism just being rude to someone who is a different race from you? Maybe "Saddo" would like to answer these questions first?

Anonymous said...

I was pointing out that you seem to think that moaning about oxo cubes was looking for trouble. So a little kitchen rant about food justifies 4 on 1 bullying lasting almost a week?

Andromeda said...

Reply to "Anonymous":The question is not whether I think Shilpa should have been shouted at like that over the Oxo cubes, but whether such teasing and
bullying was racist. Do you?

Anonymous said...

i was not pointing out the racist/non racist aspects of your blog, i was merely pointing out that moaning about oxo cubes just does not justify a 4-1 bullying lasting almost a week.

Steve Moxon said...

Big Brother anti-racism hysteria
Calling a woman from India an Indian is racism simply because the remark was made by someone white? And an alleged assault on a non-white by Janet Street Porter is racism because she too is white?

Not only is none of this (based on what we so far know) in any way at all racism, but indeed it IS racism to so construe a quite ordinary comment or assault by those thereby deemed actually guilty of nothing more than having a white skin.

That a lousy and failing reality TV series has prompted unprecedented numbers of complaints and moves to discuss motions in the Commons -- not to mention an inter-governmental row -- serves to highlight how utterly crazy anti-racism hysteria has become.

The furore stems entirely from the assumption that the feelings behind what is not in itself racist nevertheless renders the innocuous deeply offensive. However much we don’t like the bullying lout, Jade Goody, and hardly less the prat behind ‘yoof’ TV; they have done absolutely nothing -- so far as has emerged -- that is anything more reprehensible than delivering common insult and (allegedly) common assault.

Even the comment about Bollywood star Silpa Shetty’s hand was not in the ballpark of ‘beyond the pale’, as it were. And that would have been true even if the ‘joke’ had stemmed from the fact that traditionally people of some Asian cultures are known to use one hand to wipe the anus after defecation. As it was, the ignorant BB housemates were evidently unaware of this and instead had simply referenced eating with fingers.

Being bored silly in the BB fishbowl with nothing to do but cook, insults were mainly culinary it seems. It was also reckoned that Indians are thin because they don’t cook food properly. These are questions for food hygienists and chefs with expertise in a variety of cuisines; not for politicians, let alone the police.

One of the cabal of supposedly offending women -- a non-entity called Danielle -- was hauled in to the BB ‘diary room’ and asked if she has said that Silpa should go home. The hapless youngster admitted to going with the crowd and that she hadn’t meant it. Clearly she knew that racism was being hinted at, and just as clearly she had merely meant that Silpa should leave the BB house. Yet racism stayed as heavy subtext to the discussion. Big Brother really lived up to its name at this juncture.

It is a guffaw inducing irony that of all organisations Channel 4 is in the dock. Rightly it defended that there had been a clash that was not racist but merely about culture and class. A spokesman for JSP cited her public record on anti-racism, as if hysterical anti-racism is itself any defence. We live in the post-MacPherson world: any incident is officially deemed to be racist on the say-so of anyone deeming themselves the victim, or by anyone who witnessed it. Absolute lunacy. In any case, Shilpa is on record as saying that she did not consider Jade and Danielle's attack as racist. That leaves those BB viewers who sent in complaints. Pehaps we should use the more TV interactive viewers of Emmerdale to redaft the law on robbery or fraud?

If we can’t call an Indian and Indian, then we can’t call a Canadian a Canadian. We are already absolutely forbidden to call a Pakistan a Paki, yet Australians are always known as Aussies.

Wait for the backlash. It's coming. Anti-racist hysteria is anti-integration and deadening to the human spirit. The only place for it is as laughing stock. Being able to wind each other up is essential for social interaction, and all the idiots in politics and the media had better get wize to this and fast.