THIS WEEK? Simpering curtain callers are right bunch of Contis
IT’S not often that you’ll find yours truly nodding along in agreement to the words of a town hall burgher.
Whether it’s preening local councillors or self-entitled civil servants with ridiculous titles, by and large I’m normally of the opinion that they should “get in the sea”.
But for once I find myself in unfamiliar territory by wholeheartedly saluting the words of a Labour councillor called Theo Blackwell.
He’s done what so many of us would like to do by getting right up the noses of that particularly self-righteous bunch who think they’re way above the rest of us mere mortals…ACTORS.
A few of them – Emma Bloody Thompson, Tom Conti, Peter Egan – have been contesting plans for a new supermarket in north-west London.
Blackwell responded to their whining by declaring: “Let’s have less of the livid luvvie protests – not everyone locally thinks the same on all these issues.”
That was it – a mild rebuke essentially telling the affronted thespians to go take a running jump.
Nothing at with that.
Their response however was to fire off letters condemning Blackwell’s words – and had the bloody nerve to compare the term “luvvies” to racial abuse. Seriously. all wrong
Conti – him out of Shirley Valentine – said the term was “horrible” and “abusive”.
He said it was “as abusive as ‘Yid’ or ‘n*****’” and moaned further that he found it “pejorative, denigrative and demeaning”.
His pal Egan then jumped in with his bit.
“If actors are voicing an opinion, in many cases a true opinion, the way to dismiss that is to downgrade them with a diminishing term for a name.
“It was exactly the same in Vietnam. The American troops used to call the Viet Cong ‘ Charlie’. It’s how you downgrade your army.
“It’s always been regarded by actors as an insulting term. People disregard important opinion by saying, ‘It’s the luvvies at it again’.”
Er, hello? Is it really EXACTLY the same as in Vietnam? Of course it bloody isn’t. Just for starters, the American troops were putting their lives on the line in a misguided campaign against a fearsome and deadly enemy.
Someone objecting to your objections to a flaming supermarket proposal does not make for any comparison at all.
As for “luvvies” being as bad as ‘ Yid’ or the N-word, well, words almost fail me.
I doubt many of those who had to grow up with racial slurs being hurled at them would likely not agree with these simpering curtain callers.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are another pair who should spend more time reading out other people’s words than making us suffer their stiflingly insufferable own. And Conti? He needs to turn that “o” in his surname into a “u”.