Is it me or is this racist?
Big shouts to Ty - he put me up on this via his myspace blog. Everyone's favourite TV car presenter (or at least he was mine until I read this) Jeremy Clarkson has a column in the Sunday Times and regularly rants about whatever he fancies each week. Every now and then, these columns are collated into a book that usually becomes a best seller - well, I wonder if last week's column will make it into his next book.
Blatantly peeved that the Arts Council has pulled their funding for his local theatre, Jeremy's rant, rather than actually pointing out why his local theatre deserves cash; takes quite a Jade Goody-esque racial turn.
Choice quotes include:
it seems that to get funding these days what you’ve got to be is black or mad or preferably both.
The council spends nearly half a billion pounds a year and, so far as I can tell, in 2007 most of that was given to Benjamin Zephaniah and others in exchange for some ditties about how awful the slave trade was and how everyone in Britain ought to commit suicide
It seems there was some money left over to send a bunch of kids from Calderdale to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is a field full of what look like big bronze sheep droppings. It’s not my cup of tea but no matter – the droppings were sculpted by Henry Moore, so that sounds fine. Sadly no. Because afterwards the kids were taught about rap music and how to graffiti a wall. That has absolutely nothing to do with the arts at all. It’d be like teaching kung fu at a flower-arranging class.
Have a read of the full article here
Guess Jezza won't be watching 'Trexx and Flipside' then...
Of course it's ignorant (that's what Clarkson is famous for) but is this Imus standard ignorance?
Should Clarkson be apologising?
Should Ronnie Herel force him in to 1Xtra towers for a special 'Basement' to make amends?