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No, that’s just racist.

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Take your head. Take your head and bang it off the nearest wall. Done? That was quite painful wasn’t it? Well, if you were dumb enough to do it. Just like I was dumb enough to watch Katherine Lynch’s All The Single Ladies (Network Two, Sundays). And if I had have banged my head off of a wall, I probably would have gotten a far better feeling. Her list of “outrageous characters” include Shelia Chic. An inner city Dublin lady who has so much fake tan on, it is bordering on Minstrel territory. Yes, and this veiled racism is not helped by the fact that the character wears Indian garb. Before you jump down my neck, Katherine Lynch has not cleverly pointed out that some people in inner city Dublin are racist, she has not got the intelligence for that.  It’s not an ironic play on the issue of race, it is comedy of the lowest form. I use the term comedy loosely. I’ve had funnier kidney infections.

A couple of years ago, I was in a taxi in Dublin. And it was at the start of the influx of other nationalities entering our tiny island. I did not see the problem with this, and I still don’t. Because personally, I’m sick to the back teeth of pasty white Irish people complaining about everything and then sitting on their arses and letting the issue of their complaint simply soldier on, while they move onto another topic of contempt. Anyway, the taxi driver said, “Here, young fella, d’ya see them blacks d’ya. Yea, well let me tell ya somethin! Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not racist. I plays snooker with a few of em. Sound lads. But them blacks are gettin’ free socks.” Tenner for anyone that can spot the numerous times he contradicted himself in that sentence.

Tommy Tiernan, he of the controversial sentence type, recently got into a spot of bother about a joke he made which went as follows. “D’ya know the worst thing about bein on a bike? Flies dyin on your helmet. I haven’t had as bad a case of it since I rode an itinerant”. Now, I found the joke quite funny as the picture he painted with the use of words made me laugh. The visual imagery amused me. However, the moral right, as per usual, were not. I can see their point. But do none of these people watch Katherine Lynch? Singing Bernie Walsh??? Seriously????!!!!

It’s as if Lynch had a seance and channeled Bernard Manning, Roy Chubby Brown and Jim Davidson. This character is extremely offensive. Where were the moral right campaigning for the removal of Katherine Lynch and Lynch related products off of “our national screens?” I literally cannot believe she has been commissioned for a second season. This show is woeful on so many levels. I’d prefer to be chased through a park in the middle of winter by the aroused,  fully naked, knife-wielding bastard son of Ted Bundy and Rose West.

On a plus note, Shameless is back on Channel 4. And I can also recommend, if you haven’t seen it, Dead Set. A show written by Charlie Brooker about a zombie outbreak in Britain. To which the Big Brother housemates on eviction night are totally oblivious. Cracking stuff. Oh and before I go, Katherine Lynch? That’s just racist.

Check out both Shameless and Dead Set on Channel Four’s wonderful internet service. 4OD.


Written by thepanch

February 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

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  1. A very good point.

    Also, it sounds like you had a similar experience as des bishop.


    February 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm

  2. I see your point. And no, hand on heart that actually happened to me. And to be fair, he said a lot more but I couldn’t post it in print. Ya know yourself….


    February 16, 2010 at 9:55 am

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