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Saturday, 15 August 2009

The Daily Mail Suffers a Sense of Humour Failure

The Daily Mail brings us the following outrageous, barely believable story from this year's BNP Red, White & Blue Festival:

The BNP have often denied being a racist party.

But as a man dressed as U.S. president Barack Obama was put in stocks, the true colours of the party were clear for all to see.

The shocking scene was part of the BNP's annual Red, White and Blue festival which is taking place in Codnor, Derbyshire this weekend.

So, what we are supposed to conclude here is that because Obama is black, he is above mockery and being lampooned, something which pretty much all politicians all over the world are subjected to (except of course in repressive states)?

Would we be urged to be disgusted if the mask depicted Reagan, Thatcher, Bush, even Brown?

It's clearly a charity game where people throw wet sponges at the person in the stocks, not an effigy; perhaps the BNP simply have contempt for the man and his ridiculous policies, or his even more ridiculous cult of celebrity.

Perhaps they should have made a film imagining his assassination instead - it might have been shown on Channel 4!

Incidentally, I don't remember the Mail concluding that, for example, the following shocking scenes show the true nature of Islam:

Which one is a bit of harmless fun with a political flavour, and which one is genuine murderous hatred?


Sarah Maid of Albion said...

I wonder how many online shoes the journalist who is so shocked by the Obama in the stocks threw at George Bush in the computer game which flew round the Internet last year?!

eh said...

Here's the kind of thinking/ideological rapture that you're up against:

With Obama now elected to the Presidency, the promise of the Enlightenment has been achieved.

Bruce said...

Harlem voters

Fred said...

According to reports by the FOREIGN press and agencies they also had masks of Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Gordon Brown and Osama Bin Laden in the pillory.

Faith said...


The Times also points out that one of the sideshows is "a coconut-shy featuring the face of Sir Trevor Phillips, the black chairman of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission."

Whereas if you look at picture number 3 of the article there are three other prominent white faces who presumably are considered fair game.