Dinosaurs of the Week
In a world still plagued by prejudice, it’s sometimes worth reflecting on the intolerant attitudes of the past to see how far we’ve come.
50 years ago this week, a television programme sparked 189 complaints after it featured two men dancing with each other. It’s unthinkable now, but in November 1969 viewers were so offended by the sight of Johannes Radebe and Graziano di Prima performing as a pair on Strictly Come Danc…hang on, it says here this actually happened last week.
Yes, in actual 2019, 183 actual people have actually complained to the actual BBC because two men danced with each other. These are almost certainly the same people who sleaze over waitresses the same age as their daughters, shout at teenage customer service staff because their favourite loaf is sold out and moan to the Just Eat delivery guy that “apparently you have to call it a ‘CHINESE’ these days”. Sadly, they are also people who will vote on December 12th.
The BBC defended the routine, saying “Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show” and adding “their sex had no bearing on their routine”. Presumably the complainants will now take issue with the BBC using the word “sex” in connection with two men.
Bear in mind, the biddies and riddies having conniptions over a dance contest will be the first to call you a snowflake for suggesting that cyclists should minimise their risk of sustaining serious head injuries by wearing helmets, or that 70mph might possibly be an inappropriate speed in a school car park.
In fairness, the sight of two men dancing with each other was bound to cause a stir in the hypermasculine world of proper blokes doing proper blokey things that is Strictly Come Dancing. If the PC Brigade get their way, before long they’ll introduce camp men like Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood to judge contestants wearing sparkly costumes while dancing to showtunes in a ballroom.
If there’s any justice, tonight’s episode of Strictly will feature wall-to-wall oiled up hunks gyrating to the sound of Man 2 Man’s Hi-NRG classic Male Stripper.
Bias of the Week
SNP voters were outraged on Monday as Andrew Neil confronted Nicola Sturgeon, accusing Neil of bias. Labour voters were outraged on Tuesday as Andrew Neil confronted Jeremy Corbyn, accusing Neil of bias.
Had Boris Johnson been willing to repeat his flaying at Neil’s hands during this summer’s Tory leadership campaign, Conservative voters would doubtless have been outraged too (assuming they hadn’t expended all their outrage on the BBC’s ‘homosexual dancing agenda’).
Is it possible that not everyone has an agenda against your political party and he’s just, you know, good at his job?. Neil goes for the jugular every time, regardless of what party the politician represents.
Wait a minute, he hasn’t interviewed Jo Swinson yet. Boycott British BIAS (sic) Corporation!
Blokefest of the Week
For every two women you see today, you’ll see 11 men. At least you will if you’re a TRNSMT booker. That would explain Tuesday’s lineup announcement, in which Rita Ora and Little Simz were the only women among 13 acts.
Organiser Geoff Ellis told the BBC “We’d love there to be a higher representation of females.We need to get more females picking up guitars”. Yeah PJ Harvey, St Vincent, KT Tunstall, Jenny Lewis, Amy Macdonald, Tracyanne Campbell, Angel Olsen and thousands of others, pick up a bloody guitar for once in your lives!
Could be worse I guess. They could just make a separate wee stage for women with a patronising name like, I don’t know, ‘Queen Tut’s’. Oh.
Alleged Armpit Sniffer of the Week
When Stormzy called Boris Johnson a “sinister man with a long record of lying”, Tory MP and alleged armpit sniffer (only alleged by me, but it’s plausible) Michael Gove responded “He is a far, far better rapper than he is a political analyst”.
Labour MP Angela Rayner remarked “And Michael Gove is c*** at both”, to which Gove replied “I set trends dem man copy”.
That’s a lyric from Stormzy’s 2015 single Shut Up. It’s interesting that this was the Stormzy quote he chose to use, as opposed to, off the top of my head, “I’ll never die, I’m Chuck Norris/F*** the government and f*** Boris” from this year’s Vossi Bop. Maybe he’s just not a Chuck Norris fan.
Missed Opportunity of the Week
I’m sad to report that Robbie Williams has released a festival album called ‘The Christmas Present’. My sadness is nothing to do with the content of the album itself, which like the film Love Actually and the words ‘cheeky prosecco’ will keep mums across Britain happy this Christmas.
I won’t personally be listening to it, but if Robbie wants to keep trying in vain to top the career high that was Rudebox that’s his prerogative.
No, I’m just sad that we live in a world where a Robbie Williams Christmas album exists and it isn’t called ‘Let Me Entertain Yule’.