Special money for me!

And people like me!

Lenny Henry has said ring-fenced funding would help give black, Asian and ethnic minority people in broadcasting the “elbow room” middle class white people take for granted.

24 thoughts on “Special money for me!”

  1. Speaking as a middle-class white person, I’ve found that I get elbow room by using my elbows to gain it.

  2. BBC a hotbed of racism?? They seem to have plenty of ethnic minority presenters, at least on news programs. Mind, whites are in a minority in London now, so what does the phrase “ethnic minority” mean? I should have said “coloured”. Ooops – not allowed to say that.

  3. The problem about special status for ethnic minorities is that the money might go to has beens rather than new talent.

  4. Affirmative action takes opportunities from middle class white people and gives them to middle class black people.

  5. @Rob – spot on.

    A drive by the BBC to increase ethnic diversity will mean more of the same sort of cunts they have there already, with slightly different skin tones.

  6. I watch a lot of Ceebeebies, and it’s a veritable rainbow of smiley-faced racial diversity. They even have white people.

    So I’m not sure why Lenny thinks there isn’t enough melanin on TV (the only non-Ceebeebies show I watch is Come Dine With Me) but I back him to the hilt.

    We need a state-funded media diversity monitor to ensure we have Courageous Television. A highly trained crack team of Postcolonial Studies experts armed with Dulux colour swatches to scientifically quantify the brownanessence of every programme.

    As all good and caring people know, race is a social construct, so any unacceptable levels of pale skin can be swiftly remedied.

  7. Steve, did you ever watch Balamory? Havent seen it for a while don’t know if it is still on, my youngest has grown out of it. It was set on a village on a Scottish island, with the population of Hackney.

  8. Politics and time will distort all government businesses.

    A privately owned broadcasting company must entertain and inform its viewers so they can sell advertising to pay for it all.

    A government owned broadcasting company can play social justice games. Informing and entertaining their viewers is down the list of objectives, and is trending downward.

    “Government businesses don’t make business decisions, they make political decisions.” – GC

  9. I like Lenny Henry, but I suspect it’s a long time since he left a metropolis. I can understand how you might look around you in London and Birmingham and reach the conclusion that the BBC is underrepresenting ethnic minorities. The solution to that isn’t to change the BBC; it’s to visit Dumfries.

  10. Adrian – Yes, Balamory’s still on, and still rocking the implausible ethnic diversity, but I don’t think it’s as popular as it used to be.

    It’s all about Sarah and Duck and Mister Tumbles and In The Night Garden now. And possibly Rastamouse.

    My boys like Ceebeebies but mainly use it as wallpaper while they look at bus and truck videos on the iPad. The future of kids TV might be Netflix and Youtube.

  11. I never found Mr Henry in the least funny when he was a comedian. I understand that he’s now proved successful as an actor. Good for him. I suggest he now turn his talents to scriptwriting, creating lots of parts for black actors.

  12. On the subject of broadcasting and the bbc but off topic, did anything me see the reportage of that pwc paper on the loss to gdp is the license fee was cut 25%?

    Perhaps a fisking is in order?

  13. I see this prejudiced bugger made no mention of gay, bisexual, queer, transgender or whatever in his quest for free taxpayer cash.

  14. @ Squander Two
    Better still, Easington which was, the last time I looked it up over 99% “white British” (but not particularly racist – it elected Manny Shinwell as MP with staggeringly large majorities unti he was 86). It is also a lot poorer than East London.

  15. > I never found Mr Henry in the least funny when he was a comedian.

    I loved his show when I was a kid. Maybe I wouldn’t now, but there’s nowt wrong with comedy aimed at the young. Lenny Henry In Dreams was superb. His recent stand-up show about the Windrush Generation arriving in the UK was amazingly brilliant (amazingly, in that I certainly didn’t expect his stand-up to be that brilliant).

    He’s become famous for that ridiculously OTT prancing around and silly voices and mugging to camera, which is a shame, as it’s by far the worst part of his act. Of course, maybe he’s aware of that, which could explain some of his off-pissedness about race. If Henry were to say, “Sure, I’m successful, but whenever I suggest doing some of my quite understated observational comedy, the BBC reply that they’d prefer it if I jump around pulling faces and screeching like a monkey,” frankly, he’d have a point.

  16. S2 – “Sure, I’m successful, but whenever I suggest doing some of my quite understated observational comedy, the BBC reply that they’d prefer it if I jump around pulling faces and screeching like a monkey,”


    I’d be bitter if I married Dawn French. The guy’s a famous millionaire, what the hell was he thinking?

    Maybe Sir Mixalot was right.

  17. S2,

    Lenny Henry once did a very good stand-up called Lenny Go Home, back in the mid-80s but I’ve seen little since that impressed me. And even that isn’t in the same league as stuff like Eddie Murphys stand ups at the same time.

  18. The Stigler – in the early 80’s, Eddie Murphy was the funniest man alive.

    He was like a force of nature, a human tornado of brilliant jokes, spot-on impressions, hilarious delivery and absolutely perfect timing.

    If there is such a thing as comic genius, Murphy was blessed with it.

    I watched his “Delirious” show a few years ago. It was nearly 30 years old by that point, and a lot of the references could be carbon dated and put in a museum to 80’s culture, but his performance still felt fresh, raw, and vital as if he were telling each joke and anecdote for the very first time.

    He didn’t just hold the audience. He mesmerised them. Invited them in to his world and took them on a magic carpet ride of wit and whimsy and raucously offensive jollity.

    Compared to Eddie Murphy, a god-king among funnymen, Lenny Henry is more like a slightly embarrassing uncle who asks you to pull his finger.

  19. I remember some show called Chef when he shouted about salt at someone. Also some red nose day stuff. Didn’t realise he was still in any way relevant. I was born in late 70s guess my parents wouldn’t have approved of him or something. They had me watching the two Ronnies and repeats of Some Mothers do have ’em…. Last of the Summer Wine was suitable too.

    Did I miss the 80s?

  20. @steve in the early 80’s, Eddie Murphy was the funniest man alive Eric didn’t leave us until 1984, so that cannot be true.
    Everything else you say about Eddie Murphy is spot on. His stand up was fantastic (forget not also Raw), and he’s just brilliant in 48hrs (swivels eyes without moving – ‘you talking to me cop?’).

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