Who really gets offended by Gollywogs?
In the Scottish city of Glasgow the earth has caught fire, the sun no longer shines and the angel of death is preparing to unleash seven plagues upon the land.
What has provoked this calamity you ask?
A charity shop was selling a doll.
A Gollywog to be precise.
And as has happened elsewhere in the UK (and even here in Australia) someone has taken it upon themselves to get offended. Apparently the adorable Gollys remind some people of the fact that black and white minstrel shows were once a thing in the United States about a century ago.
To be honest I find it difficult to believe small children’s dolls create such an aura of offense, but I accept that perhaps if I were African American walking through Glasgow I might get offended by such a sight.
Then again I might understand that seeing as I was in a different country literally an ocean away from the social and ethnic dynamics that have caused these dolls to be considered controversial that I might simply appreciate that cultural differences mean that what is offensive in one place isn’t necessarily so in another.
And also I might ask myself why the hell I’m holidaying in Glasgow? I mean at least Edinburgh has a nice castle. What the hell is in Glasgow aside from drunken, violent, semi coherent Scots?
But of course the offended party wasn’t an African American. It almost never is.
The complainant was one Fatima Uygun, of “Govanhill Against Racism” who stated:
“In this day and age, when we should be seeing black people as equal to white people, something that represents the evil history of slavery should not be being sold in a shop today”
Anyone familiar with the far left in Britain and Australia is well aware that any group named “(insert placename) against Racism” is almost always a front for one extremist group or another.
And what would you know it Fatima turns out (despite her name) to not only be a white woman but a former leading member of several Marxist organisations and the widow of a former Marxist folk singer.
She was even involved in creating a very creative (yet ultimately unsuccessful) alibi for the thuggish boss of the Scottish Socialist Party Tommy Sheridan during his notorious 2010 trial for perjury.
In the trial Fatima declared that Tommy had been at a meeting with her in Scotland discussing the impact of Socialism on the Arts when in fact Mr Sheridan was at a sex club for swingers called “Cupids” located in northern England spending party member and taxpayer money.
In Marxist groups it seems it’s good to be the boss.
When Mr Sheridan was inevitably found guilty Ms Uygun declared on Facebook that in reference to the SSP party members who had (unlike her) refused to lie for their leader:
“I have already made it my life’s mission to hunt the scabs down like wild animals … adding their parasitic friends to my ‘hate list’.”
You know I think my favourite thing about Marxists is how full of peace and love they are to each other.
None of this (or Ms Uygun’s support for the IRA) was mentioned by the journalists who put the screws into the Cancer Research UK charity who run the shop and “encouraged” them to make a grovelling apology.
This is despite Ms Uygun’s past associations being freely available and having been already commented on in the past by the same newspapers.
Which goes to show a couple of things: firstly that you should always look very closely at those screaming about being offended, and secondly that if it weren’t for their journalist friends continually covering for them extreme left would have far less influence than it currently does.
If we ever want to escape this cycle of outrage based cultural change shoddy reporting like this needs to be called out as a disgrace and the far left extremists the media constantly cover for need to be named for what they are.
And thats up to us. Because God knows mainstream media journalists aren’t going to do it.