Cancel Everything!

Following the mass protests, disturbances and let's face it, riots at the weekend people have started attacking statues and monuments, simply because they don't like them.

Many of these are young people, under 21 and not really in a position to understand what they're doing or why.

It started off with the attack on the Robert Colston statue in Bristol. Who was Colston? Well, he was a slave trader in the 17th century.

Why did he have a statue? Because when he died he left an awful lot of money to Bristol. The statue is not there to celebrate slavery, nor it it there to glorify it. It was there to say thank you to a benefactor.

Does this statue mean anything to me? Not at all. I've never seen it, I don't think I've ever even been to Bristol. If I did it wouldn't be on my list of things to visit. But there's a correct way to remove things like that which may have outstayed their welcome.

It is not for me, you or anyone else to decide that a statue has to be forcibly removed simply because YOU don't like it. You put a case forward for it, you campaign.

I had a discussion (until I was subconciously called a racist) with someone over the weekend about this very thing. She told me she had campaigned for a while to  have it removed. I also remember some debate about it in 2017 or 2018. But that campaign was limited to Bristol itself.

Now, clearly not enough people campaigned to make the council aware of it, after all aren't we supposed to live in a democracy where majority rules?

if 2% of Bristol for example put forward a good enough and strong enough case to have it removed I can see why it wasn't. If 98% of Bristol did you could bet it would have come down. If the campaign was made national same again, we shouldn't give in to a few whiny people, it's all about the majority.

Now the left have moved on to other statues. Who the fuck attacks statues for gods sake? Mind you, the left are good at attcking things that can't fight back.

Now we're hearing Ghandi was racist. Winston Churchill. Lord Baden-Powell. The list goes on.

They're seeking out things people said 70 to 80 years ago and inspecting it with a 2020 lens.  Eighty years ago people's opinions, views and mannerisms were massively different, all over the world, as they are now.

There isn't a single person out there that hasn't said something racist at some point.  I once called an indian lad a "paki" at school.  I was 6.  Are you going to cancel my life due to something I said 40 years ago as a very young child?

These statues form part of history, good and bad.  It should never be the case that we celebrate only the good things, it's not all beer and skittles. Sometimes we have to see the bad side too like Liverpool winning the league and Gemma Fucking Collins.

We can't simply go around like stroppy teenagers getting things removed because we don't like them.

So why is this in the TV section you ask?  Well, you see it's not just statues that are being targetted because they've now moved on to TV shows.

It started with Bo Selecta's Leigh Francis having to make a "tearful apology" over the use of "blackface".  Except it wasn't really blackface was it?  It was mostly masks.  Not only that, they were taking the piss out of Craig David, Michael Jackson and Mel B from the Spice Girls.

None of the piss taking was racist, it was a parody of the people themselves.  None of who complained about at any time.  I'm certain both Craiiiiiig Daaaavid and Mel "Fishpaste, oooh!" B both appeared on the show as themselves.

This is a show that is 18 years old.  Nobody complained about it then, nobody has complained about it since.  Craig David is actually friends with Leigh Francis.

If the target, if Ican use that word, of the mirth is OK with it why isn't everyone else?

But it didn't stop there, because they moved on to Little Britain, a 17 year old show.  And then they had the gall to move on to The League of Gentlemen, a 21 year old show.

Clearly the idiots feel that Papa Lazarou is no longer acceptable because it's blackface.  Yet it's not.  They haven't bothered to read the interview with Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.

Nor were there ANY complaints about it when it came back for a special in 2017.  How does it get from no complaints to having it banned in 3 years?

Lefties, that's what.

Step forward Mighty Boosh, you're next.  A 13 year old show that featured characters, not poking fun at real people or a race, characters.

There's 1 thing that is common between these shows.  They're a very small bunch of people running them.  League of Gentlemen (like the De La Soul posse) consists of 3 people.  They don't have that many extras as part of the show.  The live shows have none at all.  So if they had a character who was say, black then the argument is they'd need to employ someone else just to play that character.

Mighty Boosh consists of Noel Fielding, Julian Barrett and Noel Fielding's brother.  One or 2 extras, that's it.

But who is deciding these shows are now racist?  White people, that's who.

Have they actually stopped to ask a person of colour if they find it offensive?  No, they're deciding in their little bubble what they perceive to be racist.

Except today it's taken another turn because The Inbetweeners has been taken off.  Now, there is no blackface or racist scene in that show at all.  It's been removed because one person didn't like it.

Who are these joyless wankers and why are they spoiling it for everyone else?  Are these people sat at home at night scrolling through shows on Netflix or BBC iPlayer looking to see what they dislike and making a case for nobody else to be able to watch it.  What a set of sad bastards.

Earlier today I saw the argument, "Who's watching Little Braitain in 2020 anyway?"

The answer is, somebody.  People ARE watching it. Even if you want to go down the "It's not really suitable for TV these days" angle, meaning it's not suitable for live or linear TV, you're actually stopping people from going back to an archive.  The point of streaming services is that people watch what they want on demand.  Do you never go back to watch old TV shows?  I do it all the time!

iPlayer is supposed to be an archive so you don't need to buy and keep DVD's, so you can go back and watch shows whenever you want.

We're paying a licence fee to the BBC to tell us what we can and can't watch, we are been censored by the very people we pay to watch TV.

Well, not anymore, my licence is getting cancelled.  Fuck the BBC, they're a bunch of paedophile harbouring cunts.

 

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