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Cadbury Forced to Apologise to Naomi Campbell

Cadbury's offending advert.

Suggestions that the white babbles are meant to represent some of the blood diamonds Naomi Campbell received from Charles Taylor are likewise spurious

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson ‘instrumental’ in forcing Cadbury to apologise to Naomi Campbell over ‘racist’ chocolate advert | Mail Online

It has been revealed that the black rights group behind the successful push to have Cadbury publicly apologise to the supermodel received ‘instrumental’ support from the civil rights legends after writing to them,

Well, it seems that you cannot stand in the way of the African diaspora. Cadbury have been forced into a humiliating apology, or face the wrath of the black man – everywhere.

Say, that’s a nice company….

At least that is the gist of what Sharpton and Jackson were threatening. Clearly, black people are black first, national borders, common sense and fairness etc, come last, if at all. So much for multiculturalism then, the only ones who seem to stick to nationality rather than race and culture, are white people. 

This was never about race, as I said before. This was about Naomi Campbell throwing a hissy fit for her name being used in a campaign that she wasn’t paid for; Campbell is nothing if not mercenary. As for Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, they just don’t like black people being portrayed negatively, exemplified by Al Sharpton’s group stating:

“The reverend felt this was deeply offensive. Naomi is an icon and has worked very hard, so to be compared to food or an object is offensive.”

Al Sharpton and his new age protection rackeet

Sharpton: "Say, that's a nice company you have there, shame if something were to happen to it." Company: "Here's a $100,000." Sharpton: "Boycott called off."

Nothing racial then, just the fact that she was compared to a food or object or was it that Cadbury/Kraft were not handing out ‘donations’? Sharpton and his organisation of course being quite infamous for its ‘shakedowns’, demanding money from organisations, lest they face a black protest and be highlighted as racist. Very reminisent of a mafia don running a protection racket. Of course when a company refuses donations, his sheep like followers carry out a boycott until Sharpton’s pockets are suitably lined. 

Hypocrisy

His group then went on to state via Tamika Mallory:

“It’s yet another example of corporate insensitivity towards minorities, and proof that advertising rooms are still largely devoid of diversity..”

Tamika Mallory - Umarried mother of one.

If we're talking confectionery, I'd liken Tamika Mallory to a Curly Wurly; nicely wrapped but twisted and full of gaping holes on the inside.

A tad bit hypocritical, considering the board of Al Sharpton’s group, National Action Network is made up entirely of black people, no whites, no hispanics, no Chinese, Asian, Korean or any other ethnicity, whatsoever. 

Call me old fashioned but I find a group, solely set up to further the interests of one race, over all others, well – racist. Also this group claims to help those suffering social of poverty, even thought the vast majority of those in poverty are white, as far as I know it doesn’t help white folks. 

In the US even fellow African Americans have labelled Al Sharpton a racial arsonist. 

The threats however clearly did the trick, as Cadbury have issued an apology for any offence caused, according to their statement:

“We have been in discussions with Naomi’s solicitors and can confirm that they have accepted our apology on her behalf as a conclusion to this issue.”

Reading between the lines it sounds as though Naomi Campbell has been suitably recompensed and Cadbury’s have learned a hard lesson. Never make mention of a black person without their express permission and suitable payment made, otherwise they will be branded racist. 

 

American’s Bail Out Brits

The Man Who Would be King: Charles will take the salute

BBC NEWS | World | Charles invited to D-Day events

Prince Charles is to attend D-Day commemorations in Normandy at the weekend, Clarence House has confirmed.

Well, at least the Americans remember that we were there on those beaches, saving France.

US Intervention

Apparently the Americans were not too impressed that British and Canadian official representation would not be there either.

The White House had stepped into the row about why the Queen was not attending after Buckingham Palace insisted she had not been invited.

In all honesty this whole situation has started to make re-evaluate the mess, was it really the French refusing to allow the British there, or Brown not wanting anyone but him there.

Initially Brown insisted that no official British representative was going to go to the 65th anniversary event, then, coincidently after Obama said he was going to attend, Brown decided that he was going to go too, but not the Queen, only him.

Since then Brown seems to have been going out of his way to make sure that him, and only him, represents the UK. Our Head of State was not allowed. And despite the public outcry, he stuck to it.

Another Fine Mess

Borrowed Time: The people hate him, the Monarch hates him, his own cabinet hate him; yet he still clings on.

The French, who to be fair, may well have been caught in the middle of all this, have stated numerous times that they invited the British; and who the British decide to send is up to the British.

When Charles went over Brown’s head,  so to speak, direct to Sarkozy the French probably took what they saw as a quick way out of this mess and invited Charles directly.

Brown could have course have still have blocked it, but with the US President also asking questions and applying pressure,  it looks as though Brown was forced to relent. Good news all-round.

I would have preferred it if the Queen were there rather than Charles, who wasn’t born then and isn’t seen as ‘one of them’ by the veterans like the Queen is, but he’ll have to do.

British and Canadians Airbrushed out of History.

President Sarkozy: ‘We squished the Germans like ziss

The French have been saying since before the end of World War II that they liberated themselves, now, 65 years on they have almost convinced themselves of the fact.

D-Day snub to Queen: Palace fury as Sarkozy refuses to invite royals to 65th Anniversary – and Brown won’t act | Mail Online

Buckingham Palace voiced anger last night after the French snubbed the Queen over next week’s D-Day commemorations.

Astonishing that the Head of State of Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will not be present at the 65th Anniversary of D-Day. Especially considering that these nations made up the largest contingent of fighting men on the day.

Charles de Gaulle

It seems that France only recognises one other nation as having been there on D-Day, the USA.

It says: ‘Surrounded by French and American veterans, the presidents Obama and Sarkozy will pay homage to the thousands of Americans who lost their lives on the Normandy beaches in their fight for liberty.’

Some 6,000 Americans were killed, 4,000 British and Canadians. The French, despite it being a liberation of their nation, barely took part in the Normandy Landings. Of the 150,000 troops that landed on the beaches; about 60,000 were British, 70,000 Americans, 20,000 Canadians. 

That of course is not the picture that they like to paint of the end of World War II. De Gaulle himself said after the liberation of Paris:

“We are back home in Paris which is on its feet to liberate itself and which has been able to achieve it singlehanded.”

And so it began; apparently the French liberated Paris, and probably the rest of France single handed. Churchill should have pulled us out when he heard the speech and left the great general de Gaulle to finish off the Germans.

Impregnable: The French relied almost entirely on their system of fortresses, German paratroopers took them in one night (pictured); if only the French had rolled two sixes, D-Day wouldn’t have been necessary.

This latest snub just shows the contempt the French have for everyone that aided them during WWII and I shouldn’t really be surprised at their ungratefulness. I should be pleased that at least they are acknowledging the American presence that day.

Only in the movies

Having said that the Americans are just as bad when remembering the rest of the Allies. Most war movies and dramatisations of WWII rarely, if ever, mention, let alone feature any non-Americans.

One of the most famous war films of recent times, Saving Private Ryan, made no mention of any other Allied forces, and even cut the British ships that the protagonists from the 2nd Rangers departed from, out of the film entirely, replacing them with US ships.

Not to mention U-571, which depicted US sailors capturing a German submarine and cracking the enigma code; when in reality the capture had been done by British sailors in 1941 and the cracking of the code by British code breakers at Bletchley, before the Americans had entered the war.

The screenwriter did later admit:

“It was a distortion…a mercenary decision…to create this parallel history in order to drive the movie for an American audience. Both my grandparents were officers in World War II, and I would be personally offended if somebody distorted their achievements.”

This isn’t helped by the fact that us British rarely seem to protest about such things, as if our Government is ashamed of our history and would rather it all was re-written.

I am sure that many American, British and Canadian kids grow up thinking that WWII was a war between the US and Germany. Indeed, I have lost count of the times that I have heard Americans say things like ‘We’ve saved Europe’s ass…twice!’ But us Brits have got used to it.

This is probably compounded by the dire British education system that rarely, if ever, likes to teach about British victories.

Arrogance

But their is more to this that than the American movies or French ungratefulness. The French hate the British, pure and simple, and there is no love lost the other way either. In their hatred the French have lumped the Canadians in with the British, and probably would the Americans too, if Sarkozy didn’t need the Americans.

It also seems that the French hatred of Monarchy and it’s connotations doesn’t stop them being sycophantic.

France’s equivalent of BBC1 plans blanket coverage in a day-long programme called Barack Obama On The Invasion Beaches.

A whole day about President Obama, surely the day should be about those that gave their lives? And that is what really saddens me, it is the men that fought there, and the families of the heroes that died there that really feel this slap in the face.

A French government source said: ‘There were never any plans to invite members of the British Royal Family, although an invitation has been extended to Gordon Brown after he said he wanted to come.

Few men left to sing – ‘Hang out your washing on the Siegfried Line!’

There was never any plans to invite the British and Canadian Head of State to commemorate when British, Canadian and US troops saved France from the Germans whilst the French sat idly by?

These men fought for King and Country; their country has all but forgotten about them, and now their Queen cannot be there to honour them.

‘The veterans have immense respect for her and feel a very special bond. The fact that she took the salute at Arromanches at the 60th anniversary was very special to them.’

But it is clear what they think of Brown.

‘[it] wouldn’t make a scrap of difference’ to most veterans whether the Prime Minister turned up or not.

Which sounds about right, no-one likes Brown. I only hope the Queen or a high ranking Royals does attend, as it is the least that these men deserve.

As for Brown:

A spokesman said: ‘This is an event organised by the French government. It is for them to issue invitations. The Prime Minister is pleased to have been invited and hopes to attend.’

Hopes to attend? So he may not even bother! Then again would it matter if he did?

Something tells me he won’t bother, after all he likes to be at the centre of things to massage his ego and apparently:

‘He will, of course, be concentrating on the British commemorations, away from the American beaches, as is appropriate. This is very much a Franco-American occasion.’

So Brown isn’t really invited to the main party, just the sideshow. From the looks of things there will be no official British representation and few British veterans as they were initially told not to go.

We  should remember this, and next time leave the ungrateful French to their invincible Maginot Lines and great generals. As the Americans say, we saved their asses twice, the question is, why?

Obama manhandles Queen

Queen clutching black bag
and meeting Mrs Obama

Michelle Obama breaks royal protocol by giving the Queen a hug | Mail Online

America’s First Lady Michelle Obama broke royal protocol during a reception at Buckingham Palace when she placed her arm around the Queen.

Quite a lot has been made of this and it is easy to dismiss it as simply friendliness but we should not get into a situation where anyone and everyone can touch the Queen. Apart from the security issues, she’s not a kind of old granny, but the Queen.

Lizard of OZ

I remember very clearly the Lizard of Oz incident when Paul Keating, the Australian PM put his arm around the Queen, some 20 years ago. I remember the outrage and incredulity of the people and the media that Keating could do such a thing, after all she’s the Australian Queen too.

The protocol regarding the Monarch is clear. You do not speak unless spoken to and you do not touch the Monarch unless it is to shake hands and then only if she puts her hand out first. The reasons for such protocols are myriad (security, time, respect….etc) and we should not just drop them so that the Monarch appears trendy and up to date.

As an Englishman I find breaches of protocol insulting. It isn’t about superiority (although technically Mrs Obama is not a head of state so not an equal), but respect for traditions and culture. I think those who are not British probably find it difficult to understand but the Queen isn’t just an old woman who appears on the currency, she’s the very embodiment of Britishness. For Americans it probably the same as the President, the flag and if Catholic (the Queen is head of the Church of England) the Pope all rolled into one person. People don’t hug the Pope, so why is it such a surprise that the Queen should not be hugged or touched? This is why it is important for visitors not to treat her like an ordinary person, but rather an ancient symbol of pride, patriotism and British values and traditions. Not treating the Queen with respect is quite literally the same as not treating Britain with respect.  

It is also not British to be so over-friendly anyway. We are a reserved race. If I were to met an elderly lady for the first time I may shake her hand but I would never dream of hugging for kissing her. It is impolite, it would make her feel uncomfortable and probably a little violated.

Too friendly

hug

Infamous bear hug

So this begs the question, why on earth did the Queen instigate the hug by putting her arm around Mrs Obama first? Is this some misguided attempt to make the Queen appear more ordinary and down to earth? I sincerely hope not. It is bad enough that no one is required to bow and curtsy anymore (if you do not bow/curtsy when meeting the Queen, when else in your life will you get the chance?), let alone dropping all other forms of protocol to make it seem as if the Queen is ‘one of us’, she’s not. Let Philip or Charles play the fool, be overly approachable and tactile, but when they sit in the big chair they loose the freedom to behave how they want to, they should behave as the nation expects. 

She should leave the insincere smiles and fawning attention to the politicians; they are far better at it. The cynic in me makes me wonder whether it is more of an attempt to make the Royals, and therefore by default Britain and the Government, appear more ethnically friendly. As if by embracing Mrs Obama this way, and by being so enthusiastic in greeting her, would prove that Britain is a forward thinking black embracing nation that values people of all colours and ethnic backgrounds.

The Queen and Mrs Obama share a hug

In fact, the more I think about it, the more likely it seems. The G20 meeting seems to have been engineered to make Brown look good. His sick smile whilst greeting dignitaries at Downing Street (aren’t these sorts of events normally held at the Palace?) was reminiscent of Schwarzenegger trying to smile in the Terminator movies. The hug was probably his idea, showing the Queen hugging a black woman would show the world, and Britain, that multiculturalism was changing Britain for the better, even at the top.

Odd though that the Obamas were chosen for this honour, after all most of the Commonwealth nations have black leaders who regularly visit the Palace. Perhaps another indication that the establishment cares little for colour, creed or background but for money and power.

Monkey Business

Outrage over newspaper cartoon that compares President Obama to crazed chimpanzee shot dead by police | Mail Online

A newspaper cartoon comparing Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee which was gunned down by police has sparked a race row in the U.S. Civil rights leaders condemned the drawing, which appeared the right-wing New York Post, for pandering to racial stereotypes.

It seems that rarely a day goes by these days where the black community are not up in arms over some perceived racism, and you have to wonder whether the anger is at the supposed portrayal of Obama as a monkey, or the fact that white people have dared to criticise their President.

obama

Going Ape Shit

The monkey = racism thing just doesn’t work. We’ve had eight years of Bush being portrayed as a monkey, not to mention Gordon Brown frequently being caricatured as some ape or another. Do we have a situation here where it is perfectly acceptable to portray white people as apes, but for blacks it is a no go area? Just like it is acceptable for black people to say the word nigger, but for whites it is a taboo word. We’ve also already seen in Britain that any reference, remark or even sale of a Golliwog toy by a white person is racist.

Is this is what equality and equal rights mean? That for the next 1000 years white people are having to watch everything that they say and do because black people are likely to jump on any perceived indication of racism and forever brand them as the most evil of evils – a racist? All because of events that most white people alive today had no part in? How long can they carry on milking this white guilt at every opportunity before it runs dry?

This isn’t really about racism, the image in no way infers that Obama is the monkey, just that an ape could have written the stimulus bill. That doesn’t matter to some people though, who twist things such as this and use them to once again proclaim that white people are inherently racist.

blackAl Sharpton and Jesse Jackson no doubt have plenty to say, none of it original, most of it exaggerated and all of it pointless. These rabble rousers know their trade well, and the sheep follow in good order.  Already the idiots that are too dumb to think for themselves have been given their orders, boycotts are in place, and the threats have been made.

Richelieu

Had the exact same cartoon been shown a year ago, no one would have batted an eyelid. The President then (Bush), was white, ergo anything goes. Like treason, it seems that for this cartoonist racism was just a matter of dates. There was no racist intent in this image, just the misguided belief that what was acceptable before Obama, is still acceptable afterwards.

It seems that having a black President isn’t the same as having a white President, although you’d be forgiven for thinking so.  Cartoonists everywhere are now formulating a list of what they can, and more importantly what they cannot include in their caricatures. Monkeys in any form are out, and so presumably are bananas, and I am sure that their are many frantic calls from newspapers and magazines to black groups to clarify said list. I am also fairly sure that black cartoonists will be like gold dust right now, as it is the only way to be sure, blacks after all  cannot be racist (unless it is against whites, which isn’t real racism).

The white cartoonists will be walking on egg shells from now on, and I am sure that cartoons will be checked, double checked and then sent off to be sure the black community won’t be offended, before being published.

racial insensitivity

This over-sensitivity to anything and everything that could possibly be twisted to become another example of racial insensitivity is like the boy who cried wolf, people are going to get sick of hearing it. Whilst that may force Al Sharpton to get a real job, it means that genuine victims of racism are not given the benefit of the doubt.

Black trainee doctor sues college for £300,000 for ‘racist bullying’ by fellow students | Mail Online

A black medical student is suing her college for £300,000 after claiming it was ‘institutionally racist’ in failing to stop alleged bullying by fellow medics.

The above story is a classic example. My first thought was, ‘Here we go again!’, assuming that it was another instance of perceived racism, when in fact she may actually be a genuine victim.

In legal papers submitted to Central London County Court, she said: ‘Mr Pinder asked me if black men were less intelligent than other people.

Of course we only have her side of the story and she could of course be exaggerating or making the whole thing up, but if only half of what she is saying is true, then this group are despicable.

She alleged: ‘The group refused to share the shower room with me and discussed rotas for the only other shower.

To be fair in my University days we had a foreigner as a flatmate and two shower rooms. The foreigner had some very repulsive habits, which he persisted with despite being told on numerous occasions that his ‘habits’ was not only impolite but inappropriate. So four of us used one shower room, he had the other to himself.  This may be construed as racist, but I think it was more a clash of cultures.  I believed that this may also be the case here, until I read that Miss Jibowu was from South London!

pinder

Emily stated, ‘We should introduce a virus into Africa to wipe out the continent and kill off all the black Africans so that we can move in’.’

This isn’t racial insensitivity, but downright racist. Ironic then that Pinder looks a bit ‘ethnic’ himself. I doubt he’d be able to join the BNP. He certainly wouldn’t be classed as part of the Master Race in Emily Bowen’s final solution. It is one thing to think such abhorrent thoughts, but to actually give voice to them, in public, and believe that it is acceptable! It beggars belief.

But this is the ruling elite for you. I am sure that they talk about working class people in much the same way.

Thanks to people like Sharpton and his over sensitive racism detection brigade, the cynical side of me wonders how true all of this is. It looks as though it will be her word against theirs anyway, and people like the Bowen’s and Pinder’s are experts at extracting themselves from such messes. Regardless, at the very least Jibowu has been treated shoddily by the College. 

With any luck another member of the group will do the right thing and support her claims, unlikely though.

WHITE GUILT

It would have been nice if Obama had spoken out about this cartoon, stating something along the lines of a mountain out of a molehill, but the disciple of Rev. Wright seems to be letting the black clergy get as much mileage out of it as possible. So much for him promoting racial harmony.

Obama rode a tide of white guilt into office by promoting his colour – ‘Yes We(I) Can,’ ‘Time for Change’ etc, euphemisms meant to feed off the white guilt. Accepting his nomination on the exact date that Martin Luther King made his I have a Dream speech and after becoming President having his first photo op on the steps of the Lincoln memorial, where King delivered his speech, all cleverly orchestrated but clearly everyone seemed to have skipped the part of King’s speech where colour was unimportant.

I think that this will be the first of many racism outrages during Obama’s Presidency and it looks as though Sharpton and Jackson are ready to play the racism card at each and every opportunity, i.e. whenever Obama is criticised.

The first race storm since taking office, ironically involving him, but the half white, half black President is keeping stum.