BRITISH "CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER" RACE FLAP
The big story in Britain is that Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty (pictured above, in a PETA ad) has been racially harassed by other contestants on "Celebrity Big Brother," which has received a record 25,000 complaints from outraged viewers about her treatment on the show.
From Wikipedia: "Shetty had been branded a "dog" by Lloyd and former housemate Jackiey Budden was unable to pronounce her name properly, instead referring to her as "The Indian". Jack Tweedy was speculated to have called her a "fucking Paki" although show producers have denied this, stating that the second word (which was bleeped out) was actually "cunt". Danielle Lloyd also referred to Shetty as 'a bitch'.
"When the actress cooked an chicken dish for her housemates, contestant Jo O’Meara refused to eat it, saying she didn’t “trust” it and was “scared.” She also did impressions of Shetty’s accent and protested that the actress had “touched housemates’ food with her hands” (to which fellow contestant Danielle Lloyd replied that “they eat with their hands in India... or is that China.…You don’t know where her hands have been")."
The long list of incidents can be found here.
It's erupted into a huge brouhaha.
Now there are armed guards at the Big Brother house (to protect the racists from the public).
They are burning effigies of "Big Brother" contestants in India.
And PM Tony Blair has stepped in to give his two schillings-worth.
Maybe he'll do better with that than he did in Iraq.
Speaking of which....
Tens of thousands there are protesting Bush's upcoming trip to India.
“'Whether Hindu or Muslim, the people of India have gathered here to show our anger. We have only one message — killer Bush go home,' actor-turned politician Raj Babbar, told the crowd."
The majority of the protesters are Muslims and Communists.
"Some mosques in Hyderabad, where Bush will visit on Friday, have already unfurled banners protesting his arrival and plan to chant verses from the Quran in hopes that it will drive him away."
Yes -- but to where?