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Boyle over?

“Offensive or funny?”

 

Please do NOT read this if you are easily offended. It contains very rude and several  socially unaceptable words and concepts.

The newspaper which appears to have its pages written by Max Clifford and should be renamed Hello-lite has fallen right into the trap. Frankie Boyle is on today’s Daily Mirror  front page because he said “Paki”, “Cunt” and “Nigger” on last night’s programme “Tramadol Nights”.

(By the way,  Tramadol is a synthetic pain-killing opiate, so just the title of Frankie’s programme should hold a clue to the fact that it may have anti-social content)

Hacks searching for angles have been writing about comedians “pushing the envelope” and “crashing through barriers” and any number of ridiculous metaphors which are supposed to suggest that Frankie is somehow “leading edge”. He is not leading edge at all. He is a rude fucker who is out to offend and thus achieve publicity.

But he is VERY, VERY funny.

His show is not the sort that I would watch with either my 13 year-old daughter or my 97 year-old mother-in-law because they would be upset and offended but it is Frankie’s right to use any material that he wishes. After all, it is his programme editors and Channel 4 who make the decision to transmit.

Frankie Boyle’s TV show is not transmitted live so it is obviously subject to editing and censorship. There is a long warning before the programme that there will be what is euphemistically referred to as “adult content”.

Julian Assange has offended many people by releasing previously classified and censored material. Material which has upset senior politicians and diplomats – yet most agree that Wikileaks should not be subject to censorship. Freedom of speech and all that. Frankie Boyle’s case is no different.

Twitter has become the playground of the sad middle classes, including many who have joined the site in order to be offended or to experience a certain “frisson” when they see naughty words in print. Don’t believe me? Have a look at http://bit.ly/fWzN3u  and then click on http://bit.ly/hqekzv  .

There is always a nagging doubt that had St Stephen Fry  said “cunt” or “nigger” on TV, it would have been more acceptable that to have it uttered by a working class comedian whose Glaswegian delivery has the subtlety of a used condom is a church font.

Jokes about  “spazzies” can be offensive  but once again, similar to cunt, nigger or paki, the word “spaz” is in common use (http://bit.ly/eU3ZbY )

Remember Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s  Derek and Clive and their “Who are you calling cunt, cunt?” sketch? http://bit.ly/UWSKe  They did that nearly 50 years ago and it is still funny. Why? Because it is so ridiculous. “Fucking” and “cunt” are repeated so many times as to render them down to nothingness and meaninglessness. That sketch has also  become acceptable because it has the veneer of Footlights humour protecting it from the latter-day Mary Whitehouses of this world.

The context is all-important. If the Queen said “fuck” it would be funny. If my child said it to me, it would be offensive. When Derek and Clive or Frankie Boyle say it, it is silly but totally inoffensive.

The Army refers to Arabs as “sand-niggers”, politicians have been heard to say what the media coyly refers-to as the “n-word” 

Here’s a quote from Inspector Phazey who was once  a  BNP candidate for the  European Parliament:

“Of course you heard words like Paki and nigger, but it didn’t mean much more than someone saying Paddy for an Irishman or Jerry for a German. It was just the language of working-class blokes. There was a fair bit of leg-pulling but it was never malicious. I remember there was one officer who, whenever an Asian officer came into the room, would go, “Coon, coon”, like he was making the noise of a pigeon. But it was a joke. It’s like saying Paddies are as thick as two short planks or Jocks [i.e. Scots] are tight-fisted. It was just jokes in the canteen.”

One hates to agree with a BNP moron but he does have a point.

The most racist and sexually repressed people are the British. They poke fun at the French (garlic-chewing surrender monkeys), Germans (no explanation necessary), Americans (fat and insular), Irish ( terminally stupid), Welsh(sheep shaggers), etc etc. In fact, try to think of a nation that the British do not have a joke about. The words “Coon” and “Nig-nog” used to be very common on British Television and it is  only the British who could ” bracket” sex with violence into an every-day phrase.

For the British sex and “appearances” go hand-in-hand. Remember the thousands of pregnant girls from the 60s and 70s who were either forced to have an abortion or who were farmed out to distant relatives to give birth and then have their baby wrenched away from them. They are all still suffering.
Now THAT WAS offensive.
They were treated in this way because of “what will ‘they’ think?”  The mysterious “they” who believed  that all sex and sexual words were offensive no matter what the context. Hopefully we’ve moved on from those Victorian days.

As for racism – most of you reading this would not have experienced racism so you imagine that just  a word can be “racist”.  Let me explain racism.

As a 10 year-old, I was lucky enough to go to a very good school and I was the first at the school who’ arrived with a foreign surname. On the afternoon of my first day, an eleven-year-old spat at me and said “Fucking Pole”. Needless to say, I made a very good attempt to remove his face and eventually we became good friends but that 11 year-old learned about “fucking poles” from an adult. There’s no way that he had introduced himself to the concept. That was offensive.

Fast-forward five years.  A  school disco had been organised and there were posters all around the school and quadrangle (yes, quadrangle!!).  By then we had ONE Indian boy at the school.  His name was Ash and we had such a laugh when we saw that on one of the posters for the School Disco, some moron had scrawled “NO PAKIS”. That was funny.

My eldest two sons were brought up in France. When they returned to England as 11 and 10 year olds, they came back from school crying saying that children were calling them “Frogs”. The headmaster told me that it was just harmless fun and he thought that it was very funny. That was offensive.

Words are only “racist” when they are delivered with hatred or menace.

Many sexual words are only offensive because we have been taught that we should be offended by the “What will they think” generation. The mysterios “they”.

So what of a comedian who is in a hurry for his 15 minutes of fame and KNOWS what an emotionally and socially constipated lot we are and is using our repression as a free PR exercise?

He is just one sad cunt of a council estate  Jock.

 

If you ignored the warning at the top of this page and are now “offended” – just fuck off.

“We’ve got a nigger”

Don’t let anyone tell you that the outcome of the American mid-term elections and the rise of the right-wing TEA Party have nothing to do with racism. Many Americans seem so profoundly bigoted that they must have sucked up racism with their momma’s milk. We are beginning to see the  ugly side of an America which many outsiders thought had largely disappeared with the election of Barack Hussein Obama.

Not so long ago, during one of Jamie Oliver’s USA cookery programmes, he wanted to talk to a few mid-western locals about the kind of food that they ate.

He and his crew drove into that modern-day icon of American life – a trailer park. (Economic changes in the States are accelerating at such a rate that even the trailer park  will soon be replaced by America’s new logo – the boarded-up house)

Jamie introduced himself to a local white guy who was necking a beer outside his trailer. ” Hello. I’m Jamie Oliver.  I’m doing a programme about food in America.”

The local (who obviously was not the sharpest chisel in the box) said, “Where you from, Jamie?”

Jamie answered, “England.”

Local: “England eh? You’ve got a Queen and we’ve got a nigger,” he sniggered.

To us, here in England – in spite of the fact that the man was obviously a moron – that one sentence was deeply shocking. It illustrated that the relationship between blacks and whites in America is still not as comfortable as it should be. Never mind phrases such as the homogenised and politically correct “African American“. In many parts of the USA, blacks are still “niggers”. 

That was very uncomfortable to write as well as read but someone has to do it because America is in denial.

In the 1960s, American blacks fought for their civil rights. Today, the TEA Party claims to be fighting for the civil rights of American middle-class white people. They are using extremist language and the focus of their hatred is Barack Obama. “Let’s have a look at the President’s passport and make sure that he was born in the States. All we’ve seen so far is a facsimile.”  ” Is he a Muslim or isn’t he?”  ” His father was a Muslim”  ” We have a president whose first name is Obama and whose middle name is HUSSEIN!”

Those aren’t just undercurrents.

The TEA (Taxed Enough Already?) Party objects to Big Government – especially one run by a black president. The financing behind the TEA Party is by disaffected anonymous rich people whose ambition is to seize control of the Republican Party. Although they already have one eye on the 2012 presidential elections, they have not yet elected a national TEA leader – although they do have some big-hitting main players.

Enter Sarah Palin with her own particular flavour of folksy and shallow Right-wing moonshine and claptrap. She is the party’s darling and is the party’s public face, although she has already stated that she is not interested in becoming leader. Either she has honestly reviewed and appraised her political talents and decided that she does not have either the intellect or personal attributes to succeed or she’s playing “hard to get” and will “allow” herself to be persuaded.

The other player in all this is one Glenn Beck. He has a show on the Fox news network as well as a nationally syndicated radio talk show. He is a Mormon, a recovering alcoholic and former drug addict and is descended from German immigrants. His party trick is to cry during speeches and he above anyone else personifies the blurring of the boundaries between politics,celebrity and show business. He has become famous in the US for his outlandish and sometimes undecipherable quotes.

That makes it seem as if the TEA Party is being steered by two political misfits but there are important heavy-duty big-hitters  who are pulling  strings and gradually turning up the volume.

The first is Dick Amey. He is a former economics professor and  as a politician he was House Majority Leader and  former  Texas Representative . He is currently chairman of FreedomWorks which is an organisation that shows citizens how to mobilise themselves, how to conduct rallies and  how to garner support. Coincidentally his views are for  “lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.” He has showed the TEA Party how to connect not-only with the people but with politicians and funding organisations.

The other main player is Matt Kibbe who is President and CEO of FreedomWorks. He is also an economist and was a  very influential financial journalist. He is a regular guest on Glenn Beck’s shows.

This year, Kibbe and Amey released a book entitled  Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto. It became an immediate best-seller, struck a very powerful note among disaffected Republicans  and the rest is history.

The TEA party is named as a salute to the 1773 Boston Tea Party when colonists destroyed British tea rather than pay a tax which they believed violated their rights to “Taxation without Representation”.

The modern Tea Party (which has not yet become a properly constituted official political party) feels that history has repeated itself as a result of recent bank and motor industry bailouts by both Obama and Bush. Specifically, they are objecting to  the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The government simply grabbed money and handed it to the bankers and the moribund American motor industry.

The final straw was the series of Obama’s healthcare reform bills with the main objection being that the provision of some sort of healthcare insurance for  all American families should be mandatory.  There is a feeling that Americans should not be told that they have to own something which , for all intents and purposes is a privately marketed product. “What next?” they say “Are we going to be told what type of car we have to own or which refrigerator?” 

Barack Obama has inherited the poisoned challis of  twenty-first century American economics. Whereas Martin Luther King had a dream, Obama, with the help of the TEA Party, may be about to preside over a nightmare.