Jack Whitehall’s ‘Bad Education’ Really is ‘Bad’ (2012-2015)

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Bad Education was commissioned by BBC3 between 2012-2014 and even spawned a film in 2015. Although universally panned (even by the racist Daily Mail), it has received good ratings upon screening, and has sustained reasonable DVD sales. The problem is that this series as a concept is entirely premised upon its creator – Jack Whitehall’s – middle class stereotypes of the working class and ethnic minorities. Furthermore, its depiction of homosexuality is entirely homophobic in nature, but disguised as ‘inclusion’. In fact, all of Whitehall’s characters are nothing but negative gender, ethnic and class stereotypes that are demeaning and disemporing. This should not be surprising, as Whitehall is the product of his own bourgeois socio-economic conditioning. For a responsible parent, the idea of a teacher like Jack Whitehall’s character is distressing and alarming. Failing schools are not funny, and social inequality is not a laughing matter for those not living in a middle class utopia. When a society fails its children due to an asymmetric distribution of wealth and resources, this is ‘child abuse’ and not humour. Ignorant working class children with no responsible adult role models should not be the cannon fodder the Whitehall’s flagging career, but the class prejudice he displays runs much deeper than this. The assistant head master is depicted in an entirely misogynistic manner. This character is made to appear like a male fascist hell-bent on world domination. She is sexually aggressive (whilst depicted as ‘repulsive’), and her sexual preference appears to change with the wind. although Nazi-esque in attitude, Whitehall avoids all mention of Hitler and Nazi Germany, but instead has a Soviet education poster hanging on her office wall. At this point all is implied but nothing is said. Obviously Whitehall is so poorly educated in reality, that he accepts and perpetuates US Cold War propaganda that equates Nazi Germany with the Soviet Union (despite the fact that the USSR was an ally of the UK during WWII, and lost between 27-40 million people fighting Nazi Germany). In a later episode which features the sub-plot that the deputy head has committed suicide, Whitehall has one of his working class thugs stating that she is probably in hell with Stalin – as if Joseph Stalin was a bad person! Again, Whitehall does his best to demonize the Soviet Union whilst protecting the reputation of Nazi Germany. As for disability, Whitehall seems to think that everyone with a disability possesses legs that do not function – that is it.  Probably the most outrageously ‘racist’ element of this ‘comedy’ is the character of Jing Hua – a supposedly Mainland Chinese teenager attending school for some unknown reason in Watford. Whitehall does not seem to understand that Britain possesses its own indigenous Chinese community of children born in the UK. By depicting Jing Hua as he does, he omits from British history the historical Chinese presence in this country – a country that has forcibly deported its Chinese populations twice – once in 1919 and again in 1946 – due to White British racist and xenophobic attitudes. Even if it is argued that there are Mainland Chinese students in the UK (which there undoubtedly are), Whitehall is entirely wrong to cast a Japanese actress (Kae Alexander) in the role of Jing Hua, when there are many fine and capable British born Chinese actresses to choice from. Furthermore, Japan committed atrocities in China during WWIi (and before), killing millions of Chinese men, women and children, crimes that the Japanese government will neither admit to, or apologise for.  The character of Jing Hua appears to have been created by Whitehall for his character to attack Communist China, and make an apparently ‘Chinese’ student the butt of all his racially motivated ‘jokes’. Bad Education is a disgrace in the 21st century, and reminds me of a modern re-make of the notoriously ‘racist’ Mind Your Language from the 1970’s. Jack Whitehall and BBC3 demonstrate that prejudice and racism survives the changing times by adapting the manner in which they manifest.

Elliot Rodger (Re-Visited) Misogyny

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Elliot Rodger – London Eye – Lambeth (UK)

I seldom revisit these types of posts, but I felt that in Elliot Rodger’s case, a second outing was justified. Elliot Rodger, despite his obvious ‘Americanisation’, was in fact born a ‘Londoner’ in the UK. He was born in Lambeth (famous for many things, including Waterloo Station), probably in St Thomas Hospital. If this is correct, then he was born within the comforting embrace of the British NHS – and not ‘privately’ delivered as would have been expected due to the wealth of his father – film director Peter Rodger. Elliot Rodger was brought into the world through a ‘Socialist’ medical system (copied from the Soviet Union by the British Labour Party in 1948). This may have been the only time he experienced Socialism in operation, as his family moved to the USA when he was around 5 years old. From that moment onwards, he was exposed to the forces and contradictions of predatory capitalism and routine gun ownership. In the UK, British people do not own guns within civil society, but when called upon to defend their island – they fight lions regardless of the odds stacked against them. Between 1939 – 1941, Great Britain stood alone against the might of Nazi Germany, when politicians in the US were voting not to come to the UK’s aid and assistance, and to make a ‘separate’ peace with Adolf Hitler’s despicable regime. British people do not need to carry guns to be effective fighters, and if Elliot Rodger had remained in the UK – and had been brought-up as ‘British’ rather than transplanted to a foreign land, his 6 murder victims would still be alive, he would still be alive, and 15 others would not be injured. In all probability, his Asperger Syndrome would have been correctly diagnosed and treated within the British NHS, and his state of mind quelled as a consequence. I have posted elsewhere (See: Elliot Rodger: Bourgeois Excess) that Elliot Rodger was probably ‘gay’ in sexual orientation. I say this because his entire persona (or at least that which he chooses to show the world in his numerous videos) appears highly effeminate. As I progressively support LGBTQ (and non-binary) rights (and have attended London’s Gay Pride March), I felt Elliot Rodger was ‘gay’ but for reasons of non-support in his life, was acting-out a fantasy of being attracted to females (that did not return the ‘attraction’). Although sexual politics is a mine-field, generally speaking, ‘straight’ women (the target of Elliot Rodger’s fantasising) would not be amorously attracted to gay men – other than perhaps for platonic friendship. I believe this is the basis of his hatred toward women. He hated his own ‘gayness’, and manifested this as ‘misogyny’. His ‘inner’ self-hate was ‘objectified’ as a hatred of women, where he imagined that they (womanhood) rejected his male perfection. In reality, it was Elliot Rodger that was ‘rejecting’ his own effeminate persona, and every woman that reminded him of it. He was ‘jealous’ of heterosexual couples, because such couples represented a ‘male’ rejecting Elliot Rodger for the female being courted. This diverting men ‘away’ from Elliot Rodger, was blamed in his fantasy world as being caused by women deliberately conspiring to ‘attract’ men away from him. Why did he not simply embrace his gayness? He did not embrace his gayness because his middle class upbringing taught him to despise homosexuality in general. When I review the following interview with Peter Rodger, I see a an eerily ‘detached’ privileged White man playing to the cameras and simply defending his own reputation through spin and sound-bites – after-all – he is a film director.

 

How Midwives Survived Religious Persecution

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During the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries the Catholic and Protestant Churches unleashed a wave of Misogyny (that is an irrational fear of women and all things effeminate) that saw an estimated 200,000 people drown, hanged, tortured to death and burnt at the stake for alleged Witchcraft.  Research has shown that the majority of these deaths involved women (many suffering from Disabilities), as well as a smaller number of men (accused of wizardry) and children accused of assisting in black magic rituals.  The UK ‘officially’ executed around 1000 victims for witchcraft – but many more were killed by sadistic mobs who took the law into their own hands (encouraged by local priests).  What many may not realise is that one of the crimes listed as witchcraft was ‘vile midwifery’ – a crime that demanded the death penalty.  Any woman who was found to possess knowledge of pregnancy, labour, childbirth and post-natal recovery were deemed in league with the devil and sentenced to be burnt at the stake.  This wiped-out centuries of folk-lore that dated before Christian times, and left pregnant women without any help.  As a result, midwifery went underground and has survived into the modern day as the Midwife Professional.  The Christian church tried to stamp-out Midwifery by replacing these local non-Christian women (who were well-known and respected within their local communities) by indifferent Christian nuns.  This is why I think Midwives are true heroes who have suffered historically to preserve and apply their expertise – and who are today being attacked yet again by an uncaring far-right Government in the UK.
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