East Lancs Labour candidate Will Straw caught up in Britannia Coconutters twitter storm

Will Straw with the photo he posted on twitter, talking to Neville Earnshaw, of the Britannia Coconutters

Will Straw with the photo he posted on twitter, talking to Neville Earnshaw, of the Britannia Coconutters

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LABOUR’S Parliamentary candidate for Rossendale and Darwen Will Straw was embroiled in a twitter storm yesterday after posting a picture of himself with members of the Britannia Coconutters.

The traditional Easter Saturday morr- is dance had been under threat after Lancashire Constabulary refused to marshal the event’s crowds, and rolling road closures.

But it was saved after county coun-cillors Sean Serridge and Jackie Oakes offered to use cash from a member’s contingency fund to support the event. Thousands of people attended the event on Saturday, incl-uding Rossendale MP Jake Berry, and Mr Straw.

Twitter users branded the picture posted by 32-year-old Mr Straw as racist because the Coconutters use black make-up, but he was quick to defend the dance troupe, whose hist-ory goes back 158 years.

Mr Straw posted the phot-ograph on the social netw-ork with the caption: “Good to talk to Neville Earnshaw of world-famous Britannia Coconutters in the New Inn. Great Bacup tradition.”

He received a flurry of tweets back criticising him.

One said: “You do realise that this picture is pretty off-ensive don’t you?”

And another said: “A trad-ition? Like lynching used to be? Doesn’t make it right.”

But Mr Straw has sprung to the defence of the Coconutters, and said the Easter Saturday ritual was a ‘really important tradition’ that needed to be preserved.

He said: “As many small towns throughout Britain struggle to maintain their identity against a tide of national retail chains, betting shops and fast food outlets, the Britannia Coconutters provide a window into a previous era and a clear sense of local tradition.

“We should all hope it will con-tinue for many years to come.”

He also pointed out that a similar tweet, posted by the current Tory MP Mr Berry, did not receive such attention on the site.

The Coconutters have also hit back at claims that the tradition is racist.

Secretary Joe Healey said: “We’re not racist. We never have been.

“The folk world and the morris world have used make-up, and black make-up in particular, for centur-ies.

“It’s used as a disguise from spir-its, or hiding from winter.

“These sorts of comments are very sad. It’s sad to have our world, and lives, and traditions, talked about in this manner.”

Local councillor Sean Serridge said: “Easter Saturday wouldn’t be Easter Saturday in Bacup without the Britannia Coconutters.

“It’s always a fantastic day, and it was great to have Will there supp-orting Bacup.”

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6:08pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Loving lances says...

Racist? Perhaps. Nutters? Certainly
Racist? Perhaps. Nutters? Certainly Loving lances
  • Score: -42

6:13pm Mon 21 Apr 14

CyberWala says...

What's with all the incorrect hyphenations in the article ? Bloody irritating.
What's with all the incorrect hyphenations in the article ? Bloody irritating. CyberWala
  • Score: 27

6:44pm Mon 21 Apr 14

andy1 says...

Absolute rubbish there's nothing racists about this group. PS I am an anti-racist.
Absolute rubbish there's nothing racists about this group. PS I am an anti-racist. andy1
  • Score: 46

6:48pm Mon 21 Apr 14

burner says...

OMG !!!!! Such idiots. I don't care for Sraw , senior or junior, but the photo ( or anything connected to it ) is neither offensive nor racist. Those who comment are simply stirring things up.
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Is a photo of Burnley's soccer team, or Rover's or Man Utd's teams racist ??? . . . . cos there's white dudes on the same picture as other hues ???? !!!!!
OMG !!!!! Such idiots. I don't care for Sraw , senior or junior, but the photo ( or anything connected to it ) is neither offensive nor racist. Those who comment are simply stirring things up. . Is a photo of Burnley's soccer team, or Rover's or Man Utd's teams racist ??? . . . . cos there's white dudes on the same picture as other hues ???? !!!!! burner
  • Score: 35

6:52pm Mon 21 Apr 14

dangerous dave says...

theres nothing racist about the group the real problem is with Straws son - just following in his fathers footsteps for an easy salary and god help rossendale and darwen could become no 2 toilet of east lancashire to blackburn!!!
theres nothing racist about the group the real problem is with Straws son - just following in his fathers footsteps for an easy salary and god help rossendale and darwen could become no 2 toilet of east lancashire to blackburn!!! dangerous dave
  • Score: 35

6:53pm Mon 21 Apr 14

PlasticD says...

They are less offensive than him being photographed his war criminal father.
They are less offensive than him being photographed his war criminal father. PlasticD
  • Score: 34

7:59pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

The criticism levelled at this parade by the anti racism brigade is just typical of narrow minded thick people who just can't wait to find a reason to shout racism and get on their soapbox.

Have they actually taken the time to research the origins of this parade or have they simply assumed that because they have black paint on their faces it must be a load of combat 18 ne'er-do-welling KKK members whipping up a racial storm?
The criticism levelled at this parade by the anti racism brigade is just typical of narrow minded thick people who just can't wait to find a reason to shout racism and get on their soapbox. Have they actually taken the time to research the origins of this parade or have they simply assumed that because they have black paint on their faces it must be a load of combat 18 ne'er-do-welling KKK members whipping up a racial storm? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 41

8:04pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

Loving lances wrote:
Racist? Perhaps. Nutters? Certainly
Racist because they have black paint on their faces?

Are you really that narrow minded???
[quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: Racist? Perhaps. Nutters? Certainly[/p][/quote]Racist because they have black paint on their faces? Are you really that narrow minded??? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 41

8:12pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Cimbri says...

All 'nutters together...
Trust someone try and spoil it.
All 'nutters together... Trust someone try and spoil it. Cimbri
  • Score: 29

8:29pm Mon 21 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Loving lances wrote:
Racist? Perhaps. Nutters? Certainly
Thought it was Jack & Son following a trip to Whalley Range or even Audley Range
[quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: Racist? Perhaps. Nutters? Certainly[/p][/quote]Thought it was Jack & Son following a trip to Whalley Range or even Audley Range ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 16

8:50pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

Anyone who knows the history of 'blacking up' in English folk tradition knows that it pre-dates any contacts with black people and is part of an ancient tradition involving disguising yourself by either painting your face or wearing a mask (the two are inter-changeable and sometimes crossover).

This is in contrast to modern versions of 'blacking up' like, say, the Black and White Minstrel Show where white people make stereotypes of black people so that they don't have to go to the inconvenience if using real black people who have a disconcerting habit of not conforming to stereotypes.

If you can't tell the difference, then you've got a problem.
Anyone who knows the history of 'blacking up' in English folk tradition knows that it pre-dates any contacts with black people and is part of an ancient tradition involving disguising yourself by either painting your face or wearing a mask (the two are inter-changeable and sometimes crossover). This is in contrast to modern versions of 'blacking up' like, say, the Black and White Minstrel Show where white people make stereotypes of black people so that they don't have to go to the inconvenience if using real black people who have a disconcerting habit of not conforming to stereotypes. If you can't tell the difference, then you've got a problem. Excluded again
  • Score: 37

9:01pm Mon 21 Apr 14

shirtbox says...

If it keeps this son of a letch out of parliament then well done nutters.lol.
If it keeps this son of a letch out of parliament then well done nutters.lol. shirtbox
  • Score: 25

9:21pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Saj143 says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
Loving lances wrote:
Racist? Perhaps. Nutters? Certainly
Thought it was Jack & Son following a trip to Whalley Range or even Audley Range
W4nker
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: Racist? Perhaps. Nutters? Certainly[/p][/quote]Thought it was Jack & Son following a trip to Whalley Range or even Audley Range[/p][/quote]W4nker Saj143
  • Score: -15

9:24pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Saj143 says...

What with this story and the idiot suing dominos for advertising the fact that staff need to speak english....the world has gone mad !!!
What with this story and the idiot suing dominos for advertising the fact that staff need to speak english....the world has gone mad !!! Saj143
  • Score: 29

9:54pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Primus622 says...

I wonder if its racist for aborigines to white up.......
I wonder if its racist for aborigines to white up....... Primus622
  • Score: 24

11:04pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Good call says...

Britannia Coconutters blacking up is now classed as racist by the Islington trendies, so what next , motorcyclists who wear balaclavas are glorifying the IRA?.
Britannia Coconutters blacking up is now classed as racist by the Islington trendies, so what next , motorcyclists who wear balaclavas are glorifying the IRA?. Good call
  • Score: 38

12:35am Tue 22 Apr 14

Darwen Malc says...

Methinks some folk need to get a life if they think this is racist!
Our country, our traditions.
If you don't like it...Ship out... We won't miss you!!
Methinks some folk need to get a life if they think this is racist! Our country, our traditions. If you don't like it...Ship out... We won't miss you!! Darwen Malc
  • Score: 33

7:21am Tue 22 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

There's too many people seeking offence these days, particularly seeking offence on behalf of others who weren't actually offended.
There's too many people seeking offence these days, particularly seeking offence on behalf of others who weren't actually offended. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 33

9:29am Tue 22 Apr 14

maxcollie says...

So areall coal Miners racist too, for having black faces?
So areall coal Miners racist too, for having black faces? maxcollie
  • Score: 24

11:07am Tue 22 Apr 14

Labster73 says...

As stated in the article, I am wondering also why a similar picture tweeted by Jake Berry, MP for Rossendale and Darwen, didn't attract the same "Outrage"? pic.twitter.com/F6Xb
hFt2c1
As stated in the article, I am wondering also why a similar picture tweeted by Jake Berry, MP for Rossendale and Darwen, didn't attract the same "Outrage"? pic.twitter.com/F6Xb hFt2c1 Labster73
  • Score: 16

11:07am Tue 22 Apr 14

Labster73 says...

As stated in the article, I am wondering also why a similar picture tweeted by Jake Berry, MP for Rossendale and Darwen, didn't attract the same "Outrage"? pic.twitter.com/F6Xb
hFt2c1
As stated in the article, I am wondering also why a similar picture tweeted by Jake Berry, MP for Rossendale and Darwen, didn't attract the same "Outrage"? pic.twitter.com/F6Xb hFt2c1 Labster73
  • Score: 14

1:42pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Reasons says...

So areall coal Miners racist too, for having black faces
or the ARMY when they put on Green for manoeuvres
So areall coal Miners racist too, for having black faces or the ARMY when they put on Green for manoeuvres Reasons
  • Score: 17

3:22pm Tue 22 Apr 14

boynesider says...

we don't need southern softies sticking their nose into our lives.get real
we don't need southern softies sticking their nose into our lives.get real boynesider
  • Score: 16

4:07pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

So I suppose the film 'White Chicks' was racist as it portrayed two black men 'whiting up' as two white girls - all in the name of comedy?

Oh, apparently not for some reason????
So I suppose the film 'White Chicks' was racist as it portrayed two black men 'whiting up' as two white girls - all in the name of comedy? Oh, apparently not for some reason???? Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: -15

4:50pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

shirtbox wrote:
If it keeps this son of a letch out of parliament then well done nutters.lol.
Takes one to know one
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: If it keeps this son of a letch out of parliament then well done nutters.lol.[/p][/quote]Takes one to know one ConcernedOssy
  • Score: -13

4:54pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
shirtbox wrote:
If it keeps this son of a letch out of parliament then well done nutters.lol.
Takes one to know one
Sorry shirt box the comment was meant for another
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: If it keeps this son of a letch out of parliament then well done nutters.lol.[/p][/quote]Takes one to know one[/p][/quote]Sorry shirt box the comment was meant for another ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 15

4:55pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Saj143 wrote:
ConcernedOssy wrote:
Loving lances wrote:
Racist? Perhaps. Nutters? Certainly
Thought it was Jack & Son following a trip to Whalley Range or even Audley Range
W4nker
Takes One to know one
[quote][p][bold]Saj143[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: Racist? Perhaps. Nutters? Certainly[/p][/quote]Thought it was Jack & Son following a trip to Whalley Range or even Audley Range[/p][/quote]W4nker[/p][/quote]Takes One to know one ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 15

10:26pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Loving lances says...

If Bacup people are happy with being best known as the town with black-faced morris dancers and insist that there is nothing racist about it
then it must be so. I just wonder though what would happen if any dancers from the Indian or Pakistani community wished to
take part in this activity?

Anyway, I hope that Straw and Berry are ready for the next major cultural event in the Bacup calendar: gravy wrestling on August Bank Holiday. That's the great thing about the town. Simple pleasures for simple folk.
If Bacup people are happy with being best known as the town with black-faced morris dancers and insist that there is nothing racist about it then it must be so. I just wonder though what would happen if any dancers from the Indian or Pakistani community wished to take part in this activity? Anyway, I hope that Straw and Berry are ready for the next major cultural event in the Bacup calendar: gravy wrestling on August Bank Holiday. That's the great thing about the town. Simple pleasures for simple folk. Loving lances
  • Score: 10

7:15am Wed 23 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Loving lances wrote:
If Bacup people are happy with being best known as the town with black-faced morris dancers and insist that there is nothing racist about it
then it must be so. I just wonder though what would happen if any dancers from the Indian or Pakistani community wished to
take part in this activity?

Anyway, I hope that Straw and Berry are ready for the next major cultural event in the Bacup calendar: gravy wrestling on August Bank Holiday. That's the great thing about the town. Simple pleasures for simple folk.
Why do you wonder if Indians or Pakistanis would want to take part in morris dancing?

Do you wonder if white folk in Pakistan want to take part in Kabaddi? Or if muslims want to drink Jack Daniels and join in the line dancing at a redneck bar in Kentucky?

An activity does not become racist if a particular race or victim group is not part of it.
[quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: If Bacup people are happy with being best known as the town with black-faced morris dancers and insist that there is nothing racist about it then it must be so. I just wonder though what would happen if any dancers from the Indian or Pakistani community wished to take part in this activity? Anyway, I hope that Straw and Berry are ready for the next major cultural event in the Bacup calendar: gravy wrestling on August Bank Holiday. That's the great thing about the town. Simple pleasures for simple folk.[/p][/quote]Why do you wonder if Indians or Pakistanis would want to take part in morris dancing? Do you wonder if white folk in Pakistan want to take part in Kabaddi? Or if muslims want to drink Jack Daniels and join in the line dancing at a redneck bar in Kentucky? An activity does not become racist if a particular race or victim group is not part of it. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 11

10:20am Wed 23 Apr 14

vicn1956 says...

Heard the one about teachers being told not to refer to Victorians using blackboards yet they ask the children to look at whiteboards.
Is it me?
Heard the one about teachers being told not to refer to Victorians using blackboards yet they ask the children to look at whiteboards. Is it me? vicn1956
  • Score: -12

10:36am Wed 23 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Heard the one about teachers being told not to refer to Victorians using blackboards yet they ask the children to look at whiteboards.
Is it me?
Yes, ages ago. I didn't know there was anyone still alive who believed this urban myth. The story was made up by a newspaper in the 1980s and no actual examples of any real school where this happened could ever be found.
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Heard the one about teachers being told not to refer to Victorians using blackboards yet they ask the children to look at whiteboards. Is it me?[/p][/quote]Yes, ages ago. I didn't know there was anyone still alive who believed this urban myth. The story was made up by a newspaper in the 1980s and no actual examples of any real school where this happened could ever be found. Excluded again
  • Score: -7

2:02pm Wed 23 Apr 14

vicn1956 says...

I heard it from someone who attended a conference of teachers in the last year. So don't try to pull the wool over people's eyes to deflect the stupidity in this life from people with an agenda. Oh and they were told to mark in green not red as this is too negative. I could recount many more facts like this. Perhaps you have an agenda or you read only one biased news sheet.
I heard it from someone who attended a conference of teachers in the last year. So don't try to pull the wool over people's eyes to deflect the stupidity in this life from people with an agenda. Oh and they were told to mark in green not red as this is too negative. I could recount many more facts like this. Perhaps you have an agenda or you read only one biased news sheet. vicn1956
  • Score: -7

2:07pm Wed 23 Apr 14

vicn1956 says...

And you. your father,grandfather and every one of your relatives have always voted for the same party whatever they said or did I presume.
Apologies if I'm wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!
And you. your father,grandfather and every one of your relatives have always voted for the same party whatever they said or did I presume. Apologies if I'm wrong!!!!!!!!!!!! vicn1956
  • Score: -6

10:53pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Plessbo says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Loving lances wrote:
If Bacup people are happy with being best known as the town with black-faced morris dancers and insist that there is nothing racist about it
then it must be so. I just wonder though what would happen if any dancers from the Indian or Pakistani community wished to
take part in this activity?

Anyway, I hope that Straw and Berry are ready for the next major cultural event in the Bacup calendar: gravy wrestling on August Bank Holiday. That's the great thing about the town. Simple pleasures for simple folk.
Why do you wonder if Indians or Pakistanis would want to take part in morris dancing?

Do you wonder if white folk in Pakistan want to take part in Kabaddi? Or if muslims want to drink Jack Daniels and join in the line dancing at a redneck bar in Kentucky?

An activity does not become racist if a particular race or victim group is not part of it.
so your accusing bacup folk of being racist for enjoying our tradition then in the same breath you have quite clearly been incredibley prejudice against all of Bacup for being simple, implying we are some how less intelligent than the rest of the uk! now i would say your implying that all of bacup are inferior to yourself and otheres??? Id be careful throwing thoses sorts of accusations around as people have been accused of being racist for a lot less!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: If Bacup people are happy with being best known as the town with black-faced morris dancers and insist that there is nothing racist about it then it must be so. I just wonder though what would happen if any dancers from the Indian or Pakistani community wished to take part in this activity? Anyway, I hope that Straw and Berry are ready for the next major cultural event in the Bacup calendar: gravy wrestling on August Bank Holiday. That's the great thing about the town. Simple pleasures for simple folk.[/p][/quote]Why do you wonder if Indians or Pakistanis would want to take part in morris dancing? Do you wonder if white folk in Pakistan want to take part in Kabaddi? Or if muslims want to drink Jack Daniels and join in the line dancing at a redneck bar in Kentucky? An activity does not become racist if a particular race or victim group is not part of it.[/p][/quote]so your accusing bacup folk of being racist for enjoying our tradition then in the same breath you have quite clearly been incredibley prejudice against all of Bacup for being simple, implying we are some how less intelligent than the rest of the uk! now i would say your implying that all of bacup are inferior to yourself and otheres??? Id be careful throwing thoses sorts of accusations around as people have been accused of being racist for a lot less!!!!! Plessbo
  • Score: 7

11:42am Sat 26 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Plessbo wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Loving lances wrote:
If Bacup people are happy with being best known as the town with black-faced morris dancers and insist that there is nothing racist about it
then it must be so. I just wonder though what would happen if any dancers from the Indian or Pakistani community wished to
take part in this activity?

Anyway, I hope that Straw and Berry are ready for the next major cultural event in the Bacup calendar: gravy wrestling on August Bank Holiday. That's the great thing about the town. Simple pleasures for simple folk.
Why do you wonder if Indians or Pakistanis would want to take part in morris dancing?

Do you wonder if white folk in Pakistan want to take part in Kabaddi? Or if muslims want to drink Jack Daniels and join in the line dancing at a redneck bar in Kentucky?

An activity does not become racist if a particular race or victim group is not part of it.
so your accusing bacup folk of being racist for enjoying our tradition then in the same breath you have quite clearly been incredibley prejudice against all of Bacup for being simple, implying we are some how less intelligent than the rest of the uk! now i would say your implying that all of bacup are inferior to yourself and otheres??? Id be careful throwing thoses sorts of accusations around as people have been accused of being racist for a lot less!!!!!
I assume your reply was not directed at me as I made no such accusation :-)
[quote][p][bold]Plessbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: If Bacup people are happy with being best known as the town with black-faced morris dancers and insist that there is nothing racist about it then it must be so. I just wonder though what would happen if any dancers from the Indian or Pakistani community wished to take part in this activity? Anyway, I hope that Straw and Berry are ready for the next major cultural event in the Bacup calendar: gravy wrestling on August Bank Holiday. That's the great thing about the town. Simple pleasures for simple folk.[/p][/quote]Why do you wonder if Indians or Pakistanis would want to take part in morris dancing? Do you wonder if white folk in Pakistan want to take part in Kabaddi? Or if muslims want to drink Jack Daniels and join in the line dancing at a redneck bar in Kentucky? An activity does not become racist if a particular race or victim group is not part of it.[/p][/quote]so your accusing bacup folk of being racist for enjoying our tradition then in the same breath you have quite clearly been incredibley prejudice against all of Bacup for being simple, implying we are some how less intelligent than the rest of the uk! now i would say your implying that all of bacup are inferior to yourself and otheres??? Id be careful throwing thoses sorts of accusations around as people have been accused of being racist for a lot less!!!!![/p][/quote]I assume your reply was not directed at me as I made no such accusation :-) BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 5

12:34am Sun 27 Apr 14

Plessbo says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Plessbo wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Loving lances wrote:
If Bacup people are happy with being best known as the town with black-faced morris dancers and insist that there is nothing racist about it
then it must be so. I just wonder though what would happen if any dancers from the Indian or Pakistani community wished to
take part in this activity?

Anyway, I hope that Straw and Berry are ready for the next major cultural event in the Bacup calendar: gravy wrestling on August Bank Holiday. That's the great thing about the town. Simple pleasures for simple folk.
Why do you wonder if Indians or Pakistanis would want to take part in morris dancing?

Do you wonder if white folk in Pakistan want to take part in Kabaddi? Or if muslims want to drink Jack Daniels and join in the line dancing at a redneck bar in Kentucky?

An activity does not become racist if a particular race or victim group is not part of it.
so your accusing bacup folk of being racist for enjoying our tradition then in the same breath you have quite clearly been incredibley prejudice against all of Bacup for being simple, implying we are some how less intelligent than the rest of the uk! now i would say your implying that all of bacup are inferior to yourself and otheres??? Id be careful throwing thoses sorts of accusations around as people have been accused of being racist for a lot less!!!!!
I assume your reply was not directed at me as I made no such accusation :-)
Ha no sorry was directed at loving lancs. . . :-)
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plessbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: If Bacup people are happy with being best known as the town with black-faced morris dancers and insist that there is nothing racist about it then it must be so. I just wonder though what would happen if any dancers from the Indian or Pakistani community wished to take part in this activity? Anyway, I hope that Straw and Berry are ready for the next major cultural event in the Bacup calendar: gravy wrestling on August Bank Holiday. That's the great thing about the town. Simple pleasures for simple folk.[/p][/quote]Why do you wonder if Indians or Pakistanis would want to take part in morris dancing? Do you wonder if white folk in Pakistan want to take part in Kabaddi? Or if muslims want to drink Jack Daniels and join in the line dancing at a redneck bar in Kentucky? An activity does not become racist if a particular race or victim group is not part of it.[/p][/quote]so your accusing bacup folk of being racist for enjoying our tradition then in the same breath you have quite clearly been incredibley prejudice against all of Bacup for being simple, implying we are some how less intelligent than the rest of the uk! now i would say your implying that all of bacup are inferior to yourself and otheres??? Id be careful throwing thoses sorts of accusations around as people have been accused of being racist for a lot less!!!!![/p][/quote]I assume your reply was not directed at me as I made no such accusation :-)[/p][/quote]Ha no sorry was directed at loving lancs. . . :-) Plessbo
  • Score: 8

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