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Subj: Re: Danny Baker - fired for 'racist' tweet
Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 at 10:36:13 am EDT (Viewed 223 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Danny Baker - fired for 'racist' tweet
Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 at 06:43:13 pm EDT (Viewed 249 times)
Quote:I hate this argument. I don't have to be a racist to understand the history of racist tropes. Racists have long compared black people to apes, or used blackface to make fun of them. I don't understand why in 2019 people would be unaware of the racist history of such things. These aren't obscure facts. I just hate that people try to blame their "ignorance" on their actions.
In the UK, we have a history of using chimpanzees for comedy purposes. For example, in the 80's there was a long-running series of television adverts in which chimps were used to advertise PG Tips (a tea product) in which they would do things like take furniture upstairs and then have a cup of tea and a rest.
Seeing a chimp dressed as a human seems very much along those lines, rather than racism, I think.