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Speak Out! - Opinion: Fawlty Lawson and why the BBC was right on n word

Has racism become a socially acceptable fetish? Are today’s audiences too ‘sophisticated’ to enjoy offensive racism?

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Was the intent of the episode to highlight the fact that the character is an ignorant racist? At times while I would hardly want the word used on the news at ten I'd rather they didn't white wash their history, I'd rather it serve as a reminder to others of who they are and how they think of others if you see my point, puts the intergrationalists and IR couples in their place. Haven't seen the episode but get a feeling that a point about ignorance was being made in the sketch.

GOLDLION973, Not so sure...
Wed 30 January 2013, 4:30 pm

Read a book in school where Dr Dolittle told the animals to work like n*****s. A mentee is reading Fantastic Mr Fox so said I’ll read it also to share literacy tuition with him only to come across the passage describing two enormous caterpillar tractors as black murderous, brutal-looking monsters. I thought not much has changed in 30 years raising the old question where is the line of responsibility drawn as surely Africans should not be reading this undiluted rubbish in school today.

Sat 26 January 2013, 6:48 pm

There's always one who feels bold enough to speak up for what many are thinking. Also that trick where the onus is put on Africans for condoning their own persecution never disappears. I don't condone either but far from claiming it as our own some among us would say there's a distinct difference between the words ni$$er and ni$$a. I suspect the BBC are more nervous about the tight rope they're walking on to risk any more scandals than a conscious promotion of responsible broadcasting.

Fri 25 January 2013, 8:02 pm

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