Ooh Missus, I titter you not, don't laugh, but Ravel is in trouble with the Thought Police already and is being investigated for alleged homophobic abuse on his Twatter account. Now no, no stop it, not on your nelly, no don't, oh please yourself and whatever other Frankie Howerd catchphrases you can come up with. Now no, stop it! Not like that! When I said 'come up with' I meant...oh please yourself then!
The world is going mad. Now I'm sure Ravel is a thoroughly nasty piece of work, but honestly, in the middle of a spat on Twatter, he called somebody a faggot. Big bloody deal! He's a teenager for pity's sake. Teenagers call each other gay all the time. Teenagers say "That's gay!" Teenagers make homophobic jibes on a regular basis. It's not great that they do it, but they do it, just as we did it when we were young. So bloody what?
Did Morrison incite hatred? Was he encouraging somebody to go out "gay bashing"? Were his comments even targeted at a homosexual? I don't think so. This is what he said: "Crack head? Go suck out u little f****t your a guy that talks if u see me you try slap me I'm in manchester every week."
Now I would charge him for grammar abuse and, as his employer, I would be concerned about what sounds like an invitation to a fight, but, as with Terry's angry words to Anton, the politically correct lobby are blowing things out of all proportion, and the authorities are jumping through their hoops to order.
This is mad. This is 1984 in virtual reality! So what if Morrison doesn't like homosexuals and homosexuality? Nor does the Pope - well officially anyway! I don't agree with Morrison or the Pope, but it's not my right to stop Morrison from expressing his opinion. This is a free country but you wouldn't know it. An insult aimed in anger at an individual is not an insult aimed at an entire community / race / gender group etcetera - unless somebody CHOOSES to interpret it in that way. Yes, Morrison sees homosexuality as an insult but big deal, many of us regard Spud as an insult. How long before Action on Behalf of Single Mothers refers somebody to the police for using the word "Bastard" as an insult? How long before somebody is on a racist charge for saying "This is a black day for the country"? How long before Brains are closed down for selling faggots?
Dear God, look at the insults I collect on here! Does it hurt me? Do I care? No. Why? Because I am a big boy and I feel contempt for those making the comments. Surely that is the way forward!
But I must go now, my mate Everard has just asked me to shut that door. Anybody want to chase me? Come on lovely boys, let's be 'aving' you! Are you free Mr Humphries? What's that Mr Lah-De-Dah Graham? Hello Honky Tonk!
I know we have moved on but honestly, there was once a time when we were allowed to laugh!