Brucie BonusOctober 9, 2009
Just as the forest fire that was Anton Du Beke’s ‘Paki’ gaffe was starting to die down, Bruce Forsyth, like a good boy scout, stoked up the flames again.
In a spirited defence of Anton in the studios of TalkSport this week, he asked for people to accept his apology. He said,
“We used to have a sense of humour about this. You go back 25, 30, 40 years and there has always been a bit of humour about the whole thing. At one time the Americans used to call us ‘limeys’ which doesn’t sound very nice, but we used to laugh about it. Everybody has a nickname.”
People went nuts; the BBC got onto it and a short time later, Brucie had done a reverse and ‘clarified’ his earlier statement. We could take into account that he’s ‘old school’ and a man of his time. I said we could, but I’m not going to. As I stated in my previous post about this sorry affair, being called a Limey, or Pom is not the same as being called a Paki, or any other race/nationality related word, unless it’s accompanied by aggression in word or deed that is likely to strike fear into the heart. By the way, I didn’t think anyone used the word, Limey anymore. That’s World War II GI Joe talking isn’t it?
The complaints have gone up to 500 since the original story emerged over the last weekend, but it’ll have to go some way to beat the record busting 40,000 complaints set by Sachsgate last year. I don’t expect the latest furore will bring up the complaint level by very much, but it will certainly make Strictly Come Dancing more interesting this weekend.
To bastardise one of Brucie’s famous catchphrases: you get nothing for a pair of plums. Not in this game.