A couple of days ago I wrote a skit based, rather bizarrely, around the 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and British pop star, Olly Murs.
This was perceived by one rather irate gentleman as being in some way racist and in poor taste. The latter may well be true, the former most certainly is not! In point of fact I am about as far from being racist as it’s possible to get to be brutally candid with you. Allow me give you a few details if I may:
My late father was imprisoned in apartheid South Africa for his outspoken views on that hateful, oppressive regime and brought me up to respect people as a whole, no matter what their ethnicity or the colour of their skin. I have adhered to his teachings throughout my entire life and shall continue to do so.
Down the years I have had the enormous pleasure of befriending many people of colour and have spent many fun-filled hours enjoying their company and their hospitality when I’ve had the honour of being invited to their homes.
Last year my wife and I had the enormous privilege of being invited to a Sikh wedding in East London by none other than the bride herself, who has adopted my wife and myself as surrogate parents and who, extremely annoyingly, insists on calling me “Pops” I have also been invited to the funeral service of the groom’s father, which my wife and I will be honoured to attend.
So you see my good friends, although I may be many things, and indeed, have been called most of them, a racist I am not. Perhaps the irate gentleman may care to take this little missive into consideration the next time he wishes to call me “White Man” or a KKK sympathiser. (No the irony of having my skin colour used to deride me wasn’t entirely lost here either) 🙂
I can also assure you that that neither of my good friends and brothers-in-bilge on here, who, along with myself, stink the place out on an almost daily basis with their scribblings, are racists, homophobes or misojy…missogeny…Miss Ogen…blokes who don’t like women. Although to be fair Big Gaz doesn’t much like Manchester United fans with ginger hair and Airedale Terriers, but then again who does????
I hope this sets the record straight and that we can now all get on with having a bit of a chuckle and some friendly discourse. That’s what this blog is all about you see? 🙂
As you were.