Thursday, 9 August 2018
Let me start this post by saying that I'm not a fan of BORIS JOHNSON (or any politician come to that). He often comes across as a buffoon, though maybe that's a role he plays on purpose so that his political opponents will underestimate him (or for some other undetermined reason). However, I believe the manufactured stushie over his comments about burkas reveals just how sorry we've become as a nation in recent years.
We Brits have always had the ability to laugh at (and among) ourselves. The 'Englishmen, Irishman, and Scotsman' jokes that were once so popular were testament to the fact that we didn't take ourselves too seriously. If an Englishman referred to a kilt as a 'skirt', there were no accusations of 'Celticphobia' suddenly flying around, with calls for an investigation.
Johnson's comments about pillar boxes and bank robbers were an attempt at humour, and however misjudged some people might consider his remarks, their response should surely be "T*sser!" and then to dismiss it from their minds. I'm bound to say though, that in the pursuit of comedic comparison, the opening in a burka surely can be said to be reminiscent of the slot in a pillar box, and people who cover their faces could humorously be said to resemble bank robbers (but that's not the same thing as saying that they are bank robbers - or pillar boxes for that matter) - in much the same way that nuns are sometimes compared to penguins. We don't hear nuns (or penguins) making a fuss about that though, do we?
There are two agendas at play here. The first is a political one, where those scared of Johnson's alleged eye on the top job are exploiting the situation to try and kick the legs out from under him and scupper his chances, and the other is a cultural/religious one, where certain people within a minority section of our society, who are determined to take offense at everything, claim that they're the victims of Islamophobia - or any other ethnic/social/religious-phobia you care to mention.
It's a way to force us to bow the knee to them and elevate their 'sensitivities' (and demands) above everyone else's. Ordinary, everyday British people are on the defensive, afraid to question, criticise, or even comment on any aspect of immigrant or ethnic cultures that isn't in accord with what have long been regarded as 'traditional British values'. (And there's a phrase I never thought I'd type.) We've now been manipulated into being so scared to cause offense to certain groups (and the current 'Gingerbread Man' controversy is a prime example) - even when none is intended or anticipated - that strange customs and practices, at one time foreign to our shores, are allowed to take root and grow unchallenged.
So some people claim to be offended by Boris's remarks and, sensing blood, they now circle like vultures - not just waiting for the victim's expiration, but pecking at its flesh in an attempt to hasten its demise. It's time this nonsense stopped! There's one right that no one has - or should have - in this world, and that's the right to be not offended. (Yes, I typed that right - read it again.)
Do the English think kilts look like skirts? Then let them say so and we'll all have a laugh about it. Do Scots think that the English are snooty snobs? Then let them proclaim it and we'll all chuckle over it. If immigrant or ethnic communities want to feel integrated (and perhaps many don't), then the chief British characteristic they should adopt is a sense of humour and the ability to laugh at themselves - and to allow others to laugh at (and with) them.
Remember the movie LIFE Of BRIAN? Some Christians took offense, but it sparked an interesting and (mainly) civilised discussion. You'll never see an Islamic equivalent of 'Brian' in today's Britain (for fear of giving 'offense' obviously, and the stushie that would ensue), and surely that should be regarded as a step backward. No minority within our society should be allowed to exercise that type of control (through fear of how they might 'kick off' as a result of any perceived insult) over the majority, but our 'leaders' are too scared to say so, never mind do anything about it.
The agenda is control, readers. Certain people in pursuit of that agenda are trying to exert influence over what we can think and say, and the method they're using is the claim of being offended whenever they hear something they don't like, or don't want others being able to say. We shouldn't let this current situation with Boris become a weapon for those who wish to impose their ideas of how society should be on the rest of us.
Any thoughts on the matter? I now declare the comments section open. Who's going to be the first person brave enough to raise their head above the parapet?
Posted by Kid at Thursday, August 09, 2018