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“Othello” it ain’t !

Posted by Big John on March 14, 2018

I’m not quite sure why Sir Vince Cable’s latest speech has received so much publicity, for I doubt if  most people in this country are seriously interested in this silly old sod’s opinions on anything: but to brand all the old farts who voted for ‘brexit’ as racists who want to recreate a world where, amongst other things, “faces were white” is disgraceful !

However, I must admit that, in general, I couldn’t care less about what colour someone’s face is, but I am beginning to wonder why so many non-white faces now fill my TV screen ?

I know that we have all got used to seeing those many TV ads showing the “dual heritage” family, and the TV News ‘man in the street’ .. Oops ! Sorry, ‘person in the street’ interviews with one white, one black, one brown interviewee, and almost certainly one wearing a hijab: but why do TV dramas have so many black characters when they are set in localities in this country where, in reality, very few people (if any) from ethnic minorities would be living or working ?

Now BBC TV ..’PC’BC TV’s latest ‘swords and sandals’ epic series .. “Troy: Fall of a City” .. brings us, not only some very dark scenes, but also a number of very dark skinned characters. … Take a look !

OK … The ancient Greeks, including Homer, probably knew something of black Africans, and Memnon’s home was thought to be in the ‘East’, perhaps in ancient Persia. As a consequence, he was thought to have a darker skin colour than the Greeks themselves, but …he definitely was not black ! .. Also it is just ridiculous to show the gods and heroes of ancient Greek mythology and history as African !

So why do it ? … I can take a guess … but, please excuse me if I just say that …

…  “It’s all Greek to me” !

 

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2 Responses to ““Othello” it ain’t !”

  1. Betty Adams said

    I watch lots of British mysteries and movies on Acorntv and Netflix and love them, and I have noticed many, many Indians. I don’t know why I was surprised by that, and there are quite a few other “mixed” families (Black people and Whites). Like you, it doesn’t matter to me and I don’t know why I was surprised. I love my mysteries, anyway, such as Vera and Foyle’s War, to name only two, although there are many more. They are so much better than the shows we have here, where the women all have to be leggy blondes wearing 5″ heels and leaping into bed with hunky, muscle-bound co-stars. The characters in the British mysteries look like ordinary people, as they should. And the plots aren’t interrupted by steamy sex scenes.

  2. ginnie said

    “…the times they are a changin” wrote Bob Dylan over 50 years ago. He could see what a lot of us missed back then and I find it really interesting to see it coming true.

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