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Black Privilege 


On Sunday night, at a Hollywood awards ceremony no one watches any more, host Chris Rock made a joke about actor Will Smith’s wife’s hairstyle. Smith stood up, walked across the stage and punched Rock in the face. Social media began its entirely predictable descent into some of the most outrageously nonsensical takes on what was very clearly criminal assault.

Putting aside for a moment what would have happened if it had been Benedict Cumberbatch who threw the punch, this is a perilous development in the woke assault on language, their insistence that words are violence. 

The Los Angeles police are not investigating this, it would seem. To be fair the LAPD don’t investigate much nowadays if the unending scenes of looting pharmacies are to be believed.

But a Rubicon has been crossed and a precedent set. It is now acceptable for an audience member in any theatre or auditorium across the Western world to leave their seat, walk on to the stage and assault anyone who says something they don’t like. Performers of all kinds, but particularly comedians, the most hated community by the woke, will sweat just that little bit more pre-set, in case saying the ‘wrong thing’ on stage puts them in hospital or worse. The suppression of free expression through violence is now permitted.

Back to Benedict Cumberbatch. Do you think he would have a career this morning if he had done the same? My bet is that he would be in hiding in fear for his life. Will Smith went on to accept his Best Actor award for whatever film he was in and received a standing ovation. Showbusiness folk once again proving how totally out of touch they are with reality. 

The Oscars used to be a big deal in our family. We would stay up and watch the whole show together. Now I couldn’t name you a single nominated film, even the one about the gay bloke and the mountain. Oscar viewing figures, and film viewing figures more broadly, are tanking as each filmmaker genuflects to the permanently offended woke mob. The Oscars has become an annual woke wake as the once great industry eats itself.

In any sensible world, Will Smith would have spent the night in jail and been charged with assault, but apparently it’s ok when a black man hits someone. Applauded even. I’m starting to wish I could swap some of my ‘white privilege’ for the one Will Smith benefits from. My career was ended for saying England was a warm and tolerant place. If only I had more ‘black privilege’.

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Laurence Fox
Laurence Fox
Laurence Fox is Leader of The Reclaim Party

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