This whole Yid business (please, no snoring at the back!) has been done to death. But one facet of this cock eyed fiasco that hasn’t been thoroughly delved into properly, is the weird and wonderful behaviour of one of the main protagonists: David Baddiel.
This one time ‘right on’ standup has now officially disappeared up his own detached from reality, asinine, beardy bottom.
This won’t shock many readers. But it might be interesting to ask Baddiel himself how he can justify such a peculiar fascination with a threat to the integrity of race relations when …quite simply, he hasn’t practised what he preaches.
So let’s momentarily gloss over the fact that this self righteous clown has suspended his own disbelief in relation to this matter. Eh? Wha? Well, let’s examine his stance. He was at Second Hand Fridge one fine afternoon when -surprise surprise- a fellow Chelsea fan near him began screaming the most vile and offensive language towards Spurs fans.
As a Jew himself, Baddiel was appalled by the ferocity of this his fellow fans’ outburst and… then well… his brain turned into something Cow&Gate would ordinarily pass off as a desert.
When Spurs fans chant the word “yid” they are offending not only Jewish football fans, but Jewish people. Dave, if that isn’t what you’re saying. You get a right of reply too, sweet cheeks. Use the comments box or a solicitor. I’m all ears.
I’ve argued that CONTEXT is the key element here. When our Jewish support first boarded those trams from Whitechapel on Shabbos and made their way to The Lane, these were Jews who typically had left the pogroms and settled in London, wanting to make a new life, wanting not just to be accepted, but to be treated rationally.
Those poor bar stewards undoubtedly were heckled and derided by backward, racist scum. Dirty Jew! ‘Fing Yid! Need I go on?
Football was the great leveler. A place where a tribe within a tribe might flourish. And it did. To the extent that in 2013 we have fans on our TV sets in South East Asia cheerfully chanting “Yid Army!” Our fans embrace the heritage. I’m not alone here. Read this great piece HERE in the Jewish Chronicle.
So any way. Back to Baddiel. The man who doesn’t abide racism in any form. Here’s him making absolutely sure that people understand that Jews are not figures of fun.
Better still, here’s Baddiel showing enormous respect to black people, who apparently have also run into a spot of bother ‘race wise.”
Unless it’s him of course perpetuating the racial stereotypes. Like his fellow Chelsea fans.
Is Baddiel still offended? Then I direct him to a far, far superior writer than him for guidance.
A chap called Stephen Fry:
It’s now very common to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more… than a whine.
‘I find that offensive.’ It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. ‘I am offended by that.’ Well, so f*cking what.”