A month or so ago, a Tory councillor (pictured) found himself accused of racism when he "blacked up" for a fancy dress party as Nelson Mandela. Bloggers on the Left, like Gweirdo, didn't pull their punches, it was the Tories and racism for every one to see. Since then, even Nelson Mandela himself said that it wasn't racist but that news wasn't carried by any of the lefty blogs that I recall (I accept I might be wrong though).
The reason I bring this up though is because I'm a bit concerned that there's not been similar outrage at the BBC's "Ruddy Hell - It's Harry and Paul". For that don't know, that's the new Harry Enfield series. In it, Enfield blacks up as Nelson Mandela and has him doing adverts for his personalised products. The other night he was selling Mandela Ecstasy tablets.
Now personally I don't think there is need for outrage over it. Frankly, Harry Enfield's new series is rubbish in my opinion, and the gags are weak. Even so though, no one has said a thing about his blacking up. There have been no cries of racism, or about pretending to be Mandela selling drugs (you'd think there would be people claiming that it was pandering to stereotypes right?).
Such is the way of politics I guess. If a Tory blacks up as Mandela at a fancy dress party it's secretly racist. If a comedian does it and pretends to be a drug dealer it's OK. It's a mad, mad world!