That’s waaacist

Peculiar how this works eh?

Stewart has since deleted his Twitter account but it emerged last night that he had used the same Shakespeare quote in another social media row – this time over horsefeed and ragwort – in June 2018 that had no racist connotation.

Stewart went on to quote a passage from Measure For Measure, suggesting Mr Shapland was a “proud man, dress’d in a little brief authority….like an angry ape”.

The tweet, which has now been deleted, so upset Mr Shapland that he re-posted it, accusing the newsreader of being a “disgrace”.

Mr Shapland wrote on Twitter: “If ITV newsreaders think it’s okay to choose to use outdated classical text to get an association in with the word ape about a black person they’ve been bullying and seeking to belittle all afternoon then this country really is broken.”

Quoting Shakespeare is racist or not dependent upon who is listening. Presumably because black chappies can’t be expected to grapple with that level of literature? Something which I find rather racist as an assumption to be honest.

31 thoughts on “That’s waaacist”

  1. If there’s anything more likely to encourage a rise in racism than the reflexive and unjust kowtowing to an ignoramus with a chip on both shoulders, I can’t imagine what it could be….

  2. Stewart was a fool. He should have declared no racist intent, refused to apologise and challenged ITV to sack him. Others have pointed out the numerous anti-white statements from Shapland so Stewart didn’t even need to do that.

    Bending over for malicious little cunts like Shapland will get you nowhere.

  3. Interestingly, free speech is now only available for the old and/or those of independent means. If you exercise your right (?) to express an opinion, you may very easily transgress one of the myriad woke rules, for which the penalty is immediate loss of position, employment, public esteem and quite possibly of any opportunities for future position, employment and esteem.

    Consequently it is only those that do not need any such that can dare to express what they think. In my view (and I take a bit of a risk here, as I’m not yet of independent means) the loss of generally available free speech is a bad trade for the gain of nobody ever having to be offended.

  4. Every time someone bends the knee to these people, it becomes a little more difficult for others. People need to develop some spine. If you said it, own it and refuse to apologise. But as AGN points out, with employers cowering before the wokerati twatter mob, unless you are of independent means then being careful and self-censoring becomes the norm unfortunately.

  5. @Longrider, AGN

    Yep, sadly. I confess I am an economic coward in this regard. I have a number of corporate clients, each and every one of which would chuck me under the bus if they received complaints from some twatterspaz.

    Stewart was certainly in a position to tough it out though.

  6. Once people decide what words and references you can use in debate, they’ve pretty much won the debate. Which is of course why they do it.

    Never debate anything with a client, customer, boss, or person who controls your income. Elsewhere, never ever back down. If it’s part of your cultural heritage to call a spade a spade, then do so. Ensure that you do it courteously, with the requisite amount of indignation that someone should twist it to mean something else.

    If you are literate enough to quote Shakespeare appropriately, then you should be able to see off some mischief-making twat on social media.

  7. Stewart also forgot the golden rule.
    SJWs will always take the slightest non-evidence and slit your throat with it if you are a potential target. If you are a white male, especially in a position of influence then you are a prime target.
    SJWs don’t do subtlety, intelligence, nuance, humanity, context, forgiveness, humour or anything else that reasonable people have always valued.
    “Reasonable”, that’s another one they don’t do.

    The SJW concerned will bleat that he is oppressed and powerless.
    He has just had a man who has been admired in his profession for decades hounded out into the street without even the chance to say goodbye for quoting two words which clearly apply to the generality of human beings.
    That’s a form of oppression and powerlessness many a head of state would envy.

  8. Should also note the Telegraph’s mischief-making and cultural cowardice here.

    “Stewart was forced to quit ITN on Wednesday night over a tweet in which he referred to black man as an ‘ape’ while quoting Shakespeare.”

    That’s misleading to say the least.

    “To be, or not to be, you ape!”

  9. Except of course that:
    – there is an obvious elephant trap with that quote. This is an entirely unforced error. He could have stopped at “Most ignorant of what he’s most assured”. If the twitterati had then gone on to add – of their own accord – the ape bit, he could have shot back “that’s why I left it out – YOU’RE the racists”.
    – I’ve met Alistair Stewart. He’s a pompous ass. Small man syndrome. Could do with a kicking.

    But notwithstanding that, it’s another failure of someone to stand up to the mob. 🙁

  10. I considered alluding to the unjust persecution of the late Roger Scruton but judging by his gutless response Stewart isn’t worthy of the comparison.

  11. Well, yeah. Most of TV is part of Clownworld* now. And ITV is no different to the rest.

    I watch almost no UK TV now. Remove what’s unfunny garbage (Mrs Brown’s Boys), crappy woke comedy, endless wokeness infesting even stuff like history, sport, cop shows and science programmes, and you end up watching stuff people are knocking together on their iPhones on YouTube.

    I’m not at all surprised that this happened to Stewart. Pity, seemed like a good guy on Twitter.

    * copyright Steve

  12. Amusing. And he got his just deserts. The tedious presumption of spouting literary & latin bon mots to feed the smug superiority of those understand WTF the author’s drivelling on about. If you want to say it, say it in plain English. Or you risk misinterpretation. Yes, you share your education with other pretentious prats. We got that & are not impressed.

  13. BoM4,
    Mrs Brown’s Boys is alright. There’s no subtlety whatsoever, so it’s best watched after a few pints. It’s not too woke either – I think there’s one gay bloke, but that’s about it. The fact that they can get away with a bloke cross-dressing for laughs makes it ok in my book.

  14. I’ve got no sympathy at all for Stewart. What a dick. And a limp, shrivelled dick at that.

    Anyone in the public eye on twitter either knows, or should know, what could happen and be prepared for it. If they post blatantly antagonistic posts they can expect a firestorm and should have a strategy to deal with that. It’s no defence to hide behind literary quotes and he can’t claim mitigation for stupidity or ignorance.

    Will he be missed? I have no idea, I’m not on twitter myself and unlikely ever to be. Even if I were, I’d not waste my time reading the opinions of someone who is little more than a loudspeaker for the writings of others, even if he is (and was once more of) a journalist.

    To be clear, I’m not taking the side of the outraged simian in this.

  15. “Twitter users criticised Mrs Singh for her views as a ‘woman of colour’ …”

    The idea that – due to her race – she must hold certain views is the most racist thing about this whole affair…

  16. Bloke in North Dorset

    Never, ever, ever, ever apologise to the Woken SS.

    Not least because they never forgive and never forget. There’s no way back once you acknowledge them.

  17. BiND,

    There’s nothing wrong for apologising to these people if it’s a real, sincere apology. It’s that these corporate apologies really aren’t. They’re just a cynical, short-term attempt to shut down a media storm, to protect their organisation.

    But I’ve never really understood why they do it. The woke are a very tiny number of people. Even if they all boycott you over it, it won’t make any difference. And the non-woke roll their eyes at the woke. And the effect of firing someone is that everyone inside the organisation loses some respect for the management.

    I’m more likely to shop somewhere that tells arseholes to grow up, stop being so sensitive, or at least, go and shop somewhere else, because they aren’t apologising. I remember Michael O’Leary going on Watchdog and refusing to play ball. Made no difference to people continuing to fly Ryanair.

  18. Compare with the US journalist reinstated despite breaching her organisations social media rules and the outrage in the media

  19. “dress’d in a little brief authority….like an angry ape”

    I’ve suddenly got one of the references in Science of Discworld II.

  20. Although I’m not a fan, shapland isn’t the villain in this specific episode. He took some offence but that’s somewhat understandable in the limited context he had.

    The villains are the craven bosses who did have the context at hand (most powerfully the prior use of the same phrase directed at a white person in similar fashion) and took the decision to make him jump before being pushed.

    Mind you, newsreaders do tend to be insufferably self-important in real life (e.g. Sophie Raworth in my own experience).

  21. “There’s nothing wrong for apologising to these people if it’s a real, sincere apology”

    If you apologise, the Woken SS will take your apology as an admission of guilt. They will not accept the apology. Their next move is to put pressure on that the person ‘consider their position’. If the person loses their position, job, career, whatever, they will say that it wasn’t what they were after but that it was inevitable in the circumstances.

    Then they will go in search of their next victim.

  22. On a passing point of pendantry. Shakespeare’s “ape” was, of course, not an ape at all. The word, in those days, referred to a monkey. And the relationship between monkey & man was perceived entirely differently. This is long, long before Darwin. Monkeys were widely regarded as a race of men stunted & twisted by the Devil.
    So an insult. But an insult far from the insult perceived

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