Goody, Goody, Yum, Yum - Racism and Jade Goody
By Lee Cassanell
We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced; Herbert Spencer
The problem with racism is there is currently no well known or vicious enough word that another race can use to discriminate against white people.
In fact during an extensive search of the internet the only even mildly offensive term I could find was "Honky" and if you are white and offended by that might I suggest you revaluate your priorities in life and get a fucking grip.
So for the benefit of world peace I've decided to invent a racist term to describe old whitey and that
term shall be ...Yorkshire Pudding
Jade Goody has recently been the subject of a grossly over exaggerated international
scandal because she called Indian Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty
"Mrs Poppadom" and because our increasingly mental society has
decided that calling someone a Poppadom is now worthy of front page
headlines and 24 hour news, I'm going hire an African woman to sit in the
audience of the BBC's Question Time programme and shout Tony Blair is a
Yorkshire Pudding and I can only imagine that she will receive the same treatment as Miss Goody.
If the world had expressed outrage that Jade was bullying Shilpa and not concentrated on the race issue then I would not be writing this article because there would be nothing to say on the subject. Goody is a bully and that was crystal clear to anyone who has seen the footage but I'm totally unconvinced that she is a racist and I'm quite certain her reaction was provoked.
Shilpa called Jade "Common" and "Ill Educated" and Jermaine Jackson referred to her as "White Trash" but in India and England where the cast and class systems are the very foundation of society, it seems it's acceptable to discriminate against a person's social background but calling an Indian woman a Poppadom is up there with Nazi War Crimes.
I don't see the balance in that argument. In fact I'd go as far as to say that the slurs against Jade were far worse than the slur she dished out but it seems nobody gives a fuck about the thoughts and feelings of the white working classes so we should all go back to our cloth caps and whippets and accept whatever abuse is thrown at us.
Are the working classes so oppressed or accepting of their position in the world that they don't feel they can speak out against discrimination, or is it more a case that they shrug it off and dismiss such verbal assaults as unimportant and trivial?
Coming from that background myself, I think it's a combination of both of those factors but I mainly put it down to the sheer ignorance and stupidity of the British public.
It's 2007 and England still has Aristocrats, Lords, Ladies and most ridiculous of all, a royal family. Russia and France had revolutions; America declared Independence and counties all over the globe have deposed their regal ruling elites but all we did in England was to chop the Kings head off and then replace him with another King soon after and in over 400 years that is the closet this supposed "Great Nation" has come to dismantling the class system that we now so willingly seem to accept.
We are brought up to respect our social betters, bow to the Queen and show favour to an individual simply because they have a title before their name and it boils every blood cell in my body that most people do not see how archaic and oppressing that all is.
In a country that portrays itself to be fair, equal and progressive we are still being controlled by those with land, deed and title but because they have gilded our cages with Wide screen TV's and Ikea Coffee tables, we no longer see the bars of our prisons until we attempt to escape them.
Jade Goody did escape. With the few brains she has she's managed to become a millionaire and I think most of the insults directed towards her recently are quite simply pent up jealousy exhibited by those snobs amongst us who begrudge the fact this dumb working class girl has done so well for herself.
I personally don't reckon she is as stupid as people make out and other than the obvious anger issues I'm sure she is a good person at heart ... but I tell you ...with all the hatred and resentment being hurled in that girls direction at the moment I wouldn't trade places with her for all the Poppadoms in India.
Opinions - In Response To Fiona Carr's Hands On Our Arts By Esther Windsor
I am writing in response to Fiona Carr's recent article Hands On Our Arts in
the Opinions section of thisisull.com :
to say that Hull Time Based Arts is alive and well.
In the article discussing funding of art and cultural services in Hull she says
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Opinions - In Response to The Mental Alchemist's Save Our Free School Meals
Mental Alchemist shows an unerring ability to turn gold into lead with the mixture of inaccuracy,
sloppy thinking, and basic political illiteracy.
To start at the most basic there is not a Liberal Party Cabinet on Hull City Council.
Indeed, despite all the treachery and re-branding exercises, there is not even a Liberal on the Council.
Opinions - Hands On Our Arts By Fiona Carr
ThisisUll has good arts coverage and a clear interest in the vibrancy of the cultural scene,
even if it seems a bit indie/ethnic leaning.
It may well be that nobody is interested in the Art galleries and museums, or the
City Hall/New Theatre though there was a time events were featured on these pages around 2004.
However it is astonishing not one
Opinions - In support of Jack 'Last' Straw By Pablo Luis Gonzàlez
I watched in disbelief as people walked around dressed in a most shameful and
obscene diversity of clothes:
A young woman in faded blue jeans, brown boots and low cut yellow top.
A man in a dark blue suit and tie.
A woman wearing the niqab.
A young woman in dark blue jeans, green jacket and sporting a disdainful smile.
A man in a dark suit and red tie.
Opinions - Response to Michelle Dee's Gigging in Hull By Darren Bunting Music HQ
I enjoyed your article on thisisull about the local bands / promoters / scene at the moment and as a musician and promoter I agreed with 99% of what you said. The only thing I would argue/add would be that there are some promoters and venues who do try and make the effort for the artists (my gigs being one I hope LOL)
where acts get
Opinions - Response to Michelle Dee's Gigging in Hull By Dj Mak
In response to my good friend Michelle Dee's
Gigging In Hull
piece on ThisisUll.com
I thought it be right for me to explain the stance and ethos of The Sesh at
The Linnet & Lark on Princes Ave.
The night was started nearly four years ago - 4th Birthday Celebrations in
October -and was set up by myself with the help of Martin Knight of
The FavoursRead more...
Opinions - Gigging in Hull By Michelle Dee
First up, I think that bands should limit themselves as to how many local gigs they play.
Who is going to pay pounds to see a band at Adelphi or Piper when you can see them at the
Sesh for free?
Some of the bands are limiting themselves to only playing two or three local gigs a month which makes sense.
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Opinions - Response To Michelle Dee's Review Of Phonic Voices At Urban Artz Festival By Paul Rush
I just read your review of Phonic Voices at the Urban Arts Festival:
'Today it came in the form of Nicky a didgeridoo player from Phonic Voices
music collective, with a uniquely special sound.
It was a moment not to dissimilar to the one in the town of Hamlyn when a
certain piper enticed all the rodents away, from the town.
Nicky began to play her instrument
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I'm sick to death of listening to people moaning about New Labour. They've only recently been voted in for a third term in office with a large credible majority. So just what do people want? Yes, things have got better under New Labour. If you're a burglar, mugger, paedophile, illegal immigrant, rapist or terrorist, things have definitely got better.
Under New Labour,
Opinions - It's Only A Game By Dave F
Question - What do you call an Englishman in a World Cup Final???
Answer - Referee.
Like most people in the country, I'm asking myself why...
Why didn't we get through to the final?
Why didn't Sven take better strikers?
Actually, I'm asking myself why the England team turn to jelly at the mention of the word
Penalty, and why we have to listen to excuses like
Opinions - Save Our Free School Meals By The Mental Alchemist
Q. What do you get if you cross neo-liberal economic policy with a liberal party city council?
A. No bloody change and the end of free school meals in Hull.
I sat in stunned belief whilst watching Look North today, as it was announced that Hull City Council have put a price on the health and wellbeing of all our children, and it's less than £4 million.
It actually cost the council a
Opinions - Response To The Grim Reaper's Article By Chris Wolds
Hello thisisull team,
I have just finished reading the piece written by the Grim Reaper titled
Response To Arts Council Article.
I read with interest what was there, just as I did the original article and the follow-ups.
It puzzles me that these other comments have been published and those persons responsible for
them have had their opinions aired.
I have always seen this site as
Opinions - Money, School and Red-Tape: Education for Kids in Hull By Margaret Ryan
Education in Hull is changing. Almost a third of our secondary schools are being demolished.
Nearly £200m is to be invested in new schools.
So let us not mince our words - the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project proclaims that
this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive reform of the secondary system and improvements in educational
Opinions - Response To Arts Council Article By The Grim Reaper
We can guess it's a guy that wrote the anonymous letter regarding Lou Duffy Howard receiving
money from the Arts Council for the Grassroots festival.
As a matter of fact Duffy Howard and 'Full Flava' David Okwesia set up the Grassroots
thing and we all work together in making it happen to benefit the local community.
So to whoever wrote the letter I would just like to say
Opinions - Fickle Voters By Mark Pollard
I watched a TV programme the other night about the seemingly endless, unaccounted and under-investigated murder of scores of young women by street gangs in Guatemala. As a father of three girls myself it was heart-breaking stuff that made me thankful to live in the UK; the 'scandal' of John Prescott shagging his secretary hardly seems to matter by comparison.
Opinions - If The Council Won't Sort This Out, We Will By Pete Stitt
I felt it was only fair to give the readers of thisisull an update of non-events since the issue of
Arts Council grants, Council and other funding for multicultural events was raised by one anonymous writer and half of the Kurdish community in Hull.
I think we have waited long enough for 'stage two' of this saga.
I sent several emails to Ken Branson, who I know to be an
honourable man, and he
Opinions - Blair Is No Churchillian Statesman By David Sloan
Every day now we read more and more New Labour sleaze stories.
Cash for knighthoods, offshore accounts for ministers, weapons of mass destruction
which never existed to name but a few.
I could go on with tough on crime, and the causes of crime.
When magistrates have now been told not to even jail offenders.
You can rob, rape or kill by dangerous driving and expect no
Opinions - Hull City Council 2006 - Changing Or Caging Us? By Margaret Ryan
Hull City Council is changing. Having recently improved its rating infinity percent -from zero
stars to one star - a new council seems to be evolving. Into what, you may ask?
An aggressive political powerhouse to empower the people? Or an experiment of existential dustbin policy?
Whatever this nameless Hullian perceives the council's policies to be, recent history
says one thing is