2020 in the UK has officially gone mad after Fawlty Towers, Winston Churchill and The Beatles are now all considered racist. Although one could argue that Winston Churchill had a bit of a ‘rough’ side, he did of course save the UK from invasion by the Germans in the second World War, so we can only hope that the woke UK public will soon come to their senses and the statues of the former wartime prime minister, which are protected as of this weekend, can be reopened again.
As to the episode of Fawlty Towers that was considered racist, the broadcaster that pulled the classic comedy has stated it will by now be restored.
John Cleese himself had to explain that the racist comments by the character of the colonel (he referred to cricked players of the West Indies with a derogatory term) in the episode was put in there to laugh at his expense.
The ever so politically correct younger generation has a new victim though, as it was found that street signs in Liverpool’s famous Penny Lane had been marked with graffiti reading racist. So before you start burning all your Fab Four CDs, allow us to explain what it is all about.
The classic 1967 hit referenced street ‘Penny Lane’ was graffitied over not so much because the ‘woke’ public thought that the Beatles were racist, but that the name might refer to a slave trader.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson earlier this week denied that the road was named after slave trader James Penny, although the city’s International Slavery Museum is researching the true origins of the name.
“There is some debate about whether Penny Lane was named after James Penny, but the evidence is not conclusive,” said a spokesperson.
“This is an extremely important subject to the museum and the city of Liverpool, and we want to encourage the public to share evidence and research on this topic if they have any.”
I hope the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t find out that the Beatles also sang ‘Back in the USSR’ at a certain point.