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3.0 out of 5 stars An oddity of it's time, 23 May 2010
This review is from: If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have To Invent Them [DVD] [1968] (DVD)
I bought this really as a historical document. I found it very odd-ball and am still wondering about it. At least when it was produced one could speak one's mind about all and sundry and not be stifled by the wacko PC brigade.
I bought 'Curry and Chips' the same day and it offers a brilliant other view of the subject.
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Initial post: 18 Jun 2010 18:36:19 BDT
I'm still pondering about buying this, the subject intrigues me.
But is it one of those weird "arty" sixties plays or does it make coherent sense?
I bought "Curry and Chips" too, a product of it's time, but not bad.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 16:44:26 GMT
Joe Bloggs says:
All you need to know is that it was written by that arch lefty, Johnny Speight - who like all brainless lefties totally ignores the racist attitudes of blacks and Asians. Why did he never write a comedy that featured a black or Asian racist? Well the reason is because hypocrisy is the rule of thumb in the world of the so-called anti racist, whereby they ignore racist, anti-white feeling. Trying writing a programme that is at odds with the Marxist TV media and it would never see the light of day - that's why you see a plethora of comedies written by leftists such as Speight.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 09:37:32 BDT
Marxist TV media? Are you having a laugh?

I have NEVER EVER encountered racism from non-white people in this country. On the other hand, i encounter racism from thicko ignorant white people on a daily basis, invariably regurgitating verbatim the bilge endlessly spewed out by the TV and print media.

Speight's comedy was brilliant because it showed up, took the p*ss out of, and subverted the racist attitudes of many white people in Britain. There were loads of comedies in the late 60s, 70s, and into the 80s that did this - you might call that era a golden age of progressive comedy.

Those who lament the passing of programmes like "Love Thy Neighbour" invariably try to articuate this in terms of a right-wing Clarksonite "political correctness gone maaaaaaad" narrative. Arguments such as these miss the point. If you remember something like "Love Thy Neighbour" or Speight's "Curry and Chips", the whole point was to take the p*ss out of the ignorance and racism of white people in Britain. The premise of the comedy was the actual equality of whites and blacks, and the utter ridiculousness of attitudes of prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of people's skin colour or ethnic group.

I actually find something like the BBC's awful early-noughties sitcom "All About Me" (in which Jasper Carrott starred as the hapless dad heading a foster family of black, Asian, and disabled kids), or the standard portrayal of ethnic minority families in "Eastenders" these days, as far more racist than the likes of "Love Thy Neighbour" ever were. The portrayal of ethnic minority people these days - though feigning a being progressive and enlightened - is actually hugely regressive: black people in the likes of "Eastenders" are now standardly portrayed almost as cartoonish stereotypes. In this way, we have regressed to the racist attitudes of the 1950s and earlier. It is as though the progressive era which began in the late-60s and probably finally petered out in the early-to-mid 90s never happened.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 00:08:32 GMT
belly lugosi says:
i am no way a racist but an honest person...and i have had racism against me from both black and asian people....especially in the mid 70's with mainly black youths..so be honest as either you have no experience of life or have been very sheltered.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 20:20:05 GMT
mikkin59 says:
I think you must have been living under a stone for the last 40yrs!.... Black and Asian on white racism happens, but people like yourself will think up anything you possibly can to excuse it! As far as a certain section of society are concerned it is totally impossible for Blacks or Asians to be racist no matter how hard they try!!!
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