It Ain\’t Half Hot Mum!

Slightly odd statement in an obituary:

Although two of the Indian characters were played by ethnic actors (in fact, one was Pakistani and the other Bangladeshi), an English actor, Michael Bates, \”blacked up\” to play the main comic \”native\”, the anglophile servant Rangi Ram.

This, plus the casually racist humour of the time and the portrayal of the entire concert party as – in the estimation of BSM Williams (Windsor Davies) – \”a bunch of pooftahs\”, has rendered the entire series of 56 episodes unrepeatable by a 21st-century BBC considerably more in thrall to the conventions of political correctness.

No idea whether it\’s true or not but it is an odd place to put such a comment.

2 thoughts on “It Ain\’t Half Hot Mum!”

  1. Michael Bates was not English, but born in India. He spoke Urdu and Hindi natively.

    His ethnicity was English. Self-loathing and hypocrisy oozes from those paragraphs.

  2. His ethnicity was English. Self-loathing and hypocrisy oozes from those paragraphs.

    Bloody hell. To anyone who can actually read and isn’t a demented bigot, the quoted paragraphs are seeking to justify the show and lament the fact that modern sensibilities mean it can’t be repeated on mainstream TV. The obituarist shares your attitudes, Mr T, he’s not a self-loathing hypocrite.

    (FWIW, I’d be happy to see IAHHM repeated on mainstream TV, as long as Stewart Lee continues to get new shows commissioned. Seems fair.)

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