Smug commentary to Jubilee parade angers Irish people
The BBC’s commentary on part of its coverage of the Jubilee celebrations has angered Irish people by allowing, unchecked and unchallenged, the non-Irish former ‘Private Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’ to quote a non-Irish figure insulting ‘irrational’ ‘Micks’ serving in the Irish Guards
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton – Anthony James Moxon Lowther-Pinkerton, to give him his full handle – chatted happily about the ‘Micks’ and quoted Lawrence of Arabia about the supposed innate ‘irrational tenth’ of Irish people as the BBC pursued its basically non-stop coverage of the royal shindig:
Pinkerton may have served in the Irish Guards, but he was brought up in Suffolk and educated at Eton. TE Lawrence or Lawrence of Arabia, whose sweeping generalisation of Irish people Lowther-Pinkerton quoted, was Welsh.
The reaction of Irish viewers was not hard to fathom:
And in case anyone was still unsure why it was offensive, Irishman Tory Fibs gave a handy explainer:
This is not the BBC’s first time around the casual racism block. At the queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, a BBC guest regaled other guests with a jolly tale of her madge comparing a foreign ambassador to a gorilla. The story was embarrassing enough even in 1967 that the queen banned the broadcasting of a clip of her saying it, but the BBC – despite the obvious discomfort of black musician Will.i.am – had no such qualms.
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