Podcast (ep.6): Labour/ Lib Dem Leadership, Gays in Russia & Her Royal Heilness

Jazza is back from Russia! And in this episode he shed some light on the LGBT life in Moscow with the conversations he had with gay and homophobic Russians.

But not before Jazza & Jimmy discuss the Labour and Lib Dem leaderships. Why is Jazza not Tim Farron’s biggest fan? Why doesn’t Jimmy really care that the Telegraph newspaper wants to sabotage Labour? Find out in this week’s podcast.

And finally we talk about THAT Sun front page, with the Queen doing the Nazi salute as a 7 year old girl. Is it fair for them to publish it? Was the pun ‘Her Royal Heilness’ really that terrible?

 

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The US Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling is not all sunshine and rainbows

Rainbow White House, June 2015

Last weekend sexual minorities celebrated the legalising of gay marriage in the US after the Supreme Court ruled that the right was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. But not everyone has welcomed the news.

The judgement came in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges in which a same-sex couple succesfully argued that the 14th amendment of the US Constitution required their home state of Ohio to recognise that their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

Unsurprisingly, much of the outrage at the decision has been centred around religion. In Western nations many Christian leaders have claimed that same-sex marriage is abhorrent to God, despite liberal Christians asserting that Jesus made no statements on homosexuality in the New Testament.

Mike Huckabee, former Republican governor of Arkansas and US presidential candidate, even predicted civil disobedience, telling the US broadcaster ABC: “I don’t think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice. They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law.”

Others have focused on the legal side. Ken Paxton, attorney general of Texas, damned the move as a “lawless ruling” and vowed that state workers who refuse to marry couples on religious grounds will be defended in court free of charge. Likewise in Louisiana the Clerks Association said it was advising clerks of the court to postpone issuing same-sex marriage licences until the end of the three-week period the Supreme Court has to consider a rehearing of the case.

But disgust was not confined to American legislators. A rainbow filter tool for profile pictures on Facebook introduced in celebration of the decision was parodied in Russia, where government laws ban providing information about homosexuality to people under age 18. As such several filters were created to splash the colours of national flags in protest.

In the Middle East many social media users also came out strongly against gay marriage. “Damn you and your marriage. You have distorted our innocent childhood [symbol], we used to like the rainbow,” declared one Twitter user. In Egypt around 2,000 tweets mentioned the rainbow motif, most of them critical. Some users even went so far as to blame a weekend storm on users who turned their profile pics multi-coloured.

Yet even if those hostile are numerous, many backed the move. Barack Obama, mere president of the US, welcomed the decision, saying it “affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. Today, we can say in no uncertain terms, that we have made our union a little more perfect.”

Neil Patrick Harris, an actor in How I Met Your Mother and married gay American, said: “It’s a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know.” George Takei, former Star Trek actor and gay rights activists, concurred: “My eyes shine with tears as marriage equality is ruled the law of the land.”

For the 39% of Americans that polls suggest oppose same-sex marriage, perhaps the words of comedian Daniel Tosh will be some comfort:

‘This is what I say to the most conservative person that’s so terrified of gay marriage becoming legal. Just because the state says it’s legal, it’s not like God’s going to let them into Heaven. So you can still sleep sound every night knowing that goal line defence is up at the pearly gates.”

Header Image – Rainbow White House, June 2015 by The White House

Podcast (Ep. 3): The Point of LGBT Pride, The #Greferendum & No Black Spiderman?

Stonewall at London Pride, 27 June 2015

In a world of huge LGBT Pride parades, the US going really gay after the Supreme Court ruling, and decades of success for the gay liberation movement, why did Jazza even bother marching at London Pride this weekend?

Greece is continuing to be a point of contention. They get a Greek referendum (#Greferendum, obviously) which may lead to a #Grexit and there will be no more #Greuro. (No, we don’t think there are too many hashtags.) But is this showing the democratic deficit in the EU?

Finally, Spiderman: Should he be black? No, we’re not talking about Venom, but the Sony hack emails that show Peter Parker is contractually white, straight and middle-class. The Internet went crazy, find out why Jazza and Jimmy can’t be fussed, and why there are similarities with James Bond.

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Moronic diversity officer claims ‘I can’t be racist because I’m ethnic’

Goldsmiths Main Building, 22 May 2006, Alex Blandford

Identity politics is often petty, shrill, and divisive. But few practitioners of the art will openly tell white men that they are not welcome at the victim party.

Not so one Bahar Mustafa, 27-year-old student welfare and diversity officer for Goldsmiths University in London. Last month she organised a meeting to push her agenda around “diversifying our curriculum” and other worthy goals. Unfortunately she also encouraged white men to stay away from the event, telling them “PLEASE DON’T COME”.

The media shitstorm was suitably bracing. And in fairness to Mustafa she hardly “banned” the penis-wielding whiteys from the event, nor did she say they couldn’t help with the, er, “struggle”. But only a few weeks later this corking video has emerged:

The victimhood gambit starts almost from the word go, with Mustafa claiming: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I represent the most marginalised people at Goldsmiths.” This is a hard claim to stomach given that Goldsmiths tends towards the arts, and indeed figures taken from Goldsmith’s very website confirm that Mustafa is in the majority on the gender front.

In the person of colour stakes she does better, but bearing in mind Britain is 87.2% white according to the CIA, Goldsmiths’ white populace of 62.2% leaves people of no colour a bit underrepresented. (No doubt on discovering these vital facts the appropriate department will investigate this heinous anti-white conspiracy that is clearly unfolding at one of our treasured universities.)

Already then our diversity guru is a bit dicey on the facts, but it soon gets better:

“I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describes structures of privilege based on race and gender, and therefore women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.

 

“In order for our actions to have been deemed racist or sexist the current system would have to be one which enables only people of colour to benefit economically and socially on such a large scale, and to the systematic exclusion of white people and men, who for the past 400 years would have had to have been subject to colonisation.

 

“We do not live in such a system; We do not know of such a history. Reverse racism and reverse sexism are not real.”

What, one wonders, would Mustafa make of the Kipper and known woman Rozanne Duncan, who earlier this year said in a BBC documentary that she had “a problem with negroid features”? Most Britons would describe such a statement as racist (to use Google’s definition: “having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another”), but were Mustafa in charge Duncan could receive a pussy pass.

(Unless women are only exempt from sexism and people of colour from racism. If so this web could get quite tangled.)

Curiously, and in spite of allegedly being from a working class family, Mustafa also omits to mention whether the oily plebs are immune when it comes to bigotry too. Are the only racists and sexists graduates of Eton and Oxbridge? The public surely has a right to know.

At this point we are only getting started on the defence’s case for butthurt. Mustafa not only believes that there is an “ongoing project to dehumanise” her and her, ahem, “non-binary” cronies, but she also says the phrase “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy” without so much as a knowing wink.

Then follows this choice passage:

“The thought of black people holding positions of power frightens white supremacy, a system built on and sustained through the oppression of BME [black and minority ethnic] people, minority genders and the cheap labour of immigrants.”

And then:

“People who benefit from white supremacy will never truly understand what it feels like to be reminded of the trauma of their ancestors’ oppression.”

Most Britons will of course shudder at every mention of those cads the Romans, whose wholesale oppression of the British people still inflicts deep wounds. (And that’s without mentioning those pilfering Vikings, perfidious Normans and petulant Belgians whose banana-straightening edicts taunt us to this day.)

Generously, Ms Mustafa saves the best until near the end, where she describes inertia, indifference and scepticism towards her victimhood as a kind of “violence”. “Your silence is violence,” she says. “And we wear the scars.” With logic like this she no doubt has a stellar career in academia ahead of her.

 

Crank-o-meter: 6/10

Times must be tough in Goldsmiths if they cannot afford dictionaries. Or Google.

Image – Alex Blandford