Quote:Danny Baker said that it wasn't meant to be racist and I think we have to take him at his word. When I seem a chimpanzee, I don't think "that's a black person". It's the person who does see a chimp and thinks it's a black person who is probably racist.
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.
On the other hand, they may be used more in the US than the UK. I'm sure they have been used in the UK, but I don't know enough about racial issues in the UK to say if they are still used there or how widespread they may be. Still, people should educate themselves on this sort of thing.
Quote:The media frenzy for a good social shaming annoys me. They are like sharks who smell blood in the water.
Quote:My friend made a post on Facebook saying "Shame on you, Danny!" Then she said that she had never listened to his show and didn't really know him.
She just got off on presenting herself as virtuous by casting "shame" on him.
Everyone is or has been a bit racist at some time or other and it seems to me that it's hypocritical to go on a witch hunt.
Like Jesus said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!" (or some such).
I guess it all depends on where you choose to draw the line right, assuming we even consider the two things different any more.
I'd guess most of us would support an investigation as to which category it falls in. If it was Column A we would want to educate. If pattern emerges we may want to censure them. If it resulted in actual damage there should be compensation. If it was column B then there should be punishment.
While I don't know this particular fellow's story ... but I do feel that sometimes people are jumping straight to the execution stage.