Political Correctness Gone Mad

22 May

The biggest over reaction of the strange world of political correctness was one of the UK’s newspapers last year, on Bonfire Night. For all of you who don’t live in the UK and understand our quaint little ritual (I have realised this since trying to explain the history behind it to my American cousins and foreign workmates) we celebrate Bonfire, or Guy Fawkes Night, on the 5th of November.

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…

Yep, we have a rhyme.

On the 5th of November 1605, Guy Fawkes got into the House of Lords and tried to barbecue the King. I think it was because he was a protestant and they wanted a catholic King, and it all got a little tense, culminating in them wanting to chop off his head, or blow him up. The English liked that in those days (before the invention of the television we had little to do), so any chance to burn, dunk or chop people was taken with gusto, I gather.  Anyway, he got caught, and we celebrate the fact that he didn’t manage to burn the King by, well, burning him on a stake. Well, an effigy of him.

Pretty standard. Loosely based on religion, but no one really knows why we celebrate it as it is more referred to as Bonfire Night. We gather in our hoards in a big field, normally a muddy one as this time of year is always wet. We stand in the quagmire and ooh and aah over a big bonfire with a man on, made out of old jumpers, hay and twigs. We then watch some pretty fireworks go off, have a hotdog and ride on the gypsy fairground rides, and go home, frozen to the core. This normally lasts about ten days, as firework displays are on the weekend before, the weekend after, and all through the first week of November.

So the mad world of PC’ness in England astounded me last time the day came round. For there in the newspaper was an article about Bradford, where the council had banned the burning of the effigy of Guy Fawkes, as they felt that it was discriminatory to the other religions who lived in the area (it is a largely Indian community). OK, I can see this a little, but am totally against it. Other religions are allowed to celebrate their rituals; Diwali, Chinese New Year etc and we do not complain that this is not politically correct. It seems to me that equal rights seems to work in the UK for every religion and creed, apart from white people. I’m not remotely racist, it is simply an observation that if we celebrate our rituals we are discriminating against people, yet other people can go ahead and observe theirs, yet should we say something we are racist. *step down from soap box, carry on with story*

But what really took the biscuit was their alternative. As Guy Fawkes was deemed to be a religious character, they felt it acceptable to burn an effigy of a Bengal tiger.

Damn those Bengal tigers for attempted treason, and damn historians for getting the story so wrong!


6 Responses to “Political Correctness Gone Mad”

  1. prenin May 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Hi Hun! 🙂

    Yes, these PC’s are a bunch of arrogant tossers who want to remove our English heritage and traditions as part of the process of de-Anglacising the UK.

    ‘Oh you MIGHT offend Islam!!!!’ Yeah: Right…

    Love and hugs!


  2. jessiepeace May 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    I don’t get it because how has Guy Fawkes got anything to do with their religion. I personally believe that the government wants us to resent and be scared of the islamic community. Basically so the can carry on creating wars against them. Thats what I personally think, I might be less informed but its the impression I get.
    🙂 Jessie.

  3. Team Oyeniyi May 23, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    We used to celebrate this in New Zealand too, where I grew up, but I think it is non-existant in Australia. Not sure why the difference. Then again Halloween is becoming big here these days. ANother imported USA tradition! 😆

  4. anne May 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Wait – a tiger? How in the WORLD did they come up with that substitute?? I mean, how does that even make sense?! I’ve read about Guy Fawkes; the thing I find wierest is how often horrid stuff was done all because ‘Catholic vs. Protestant’ because, duh, isn’t the base for both Christianity? Dumb.
    However, to speak to your concerns – yeah, we have the same stupidity going on in the States… any religion or culture can do whatever they like to celebrate their particular thing, but if we try to celebrate a Christian tradition of any sort – or even an American tradition – it’s “discriminatory” and just plain “wrong”. Wow. I am like you, “live and let live” and all that, I have nothing against other sorts and other beliefs, but when I’m told I can’t do MY thing in MY country it kinda burns my butt! What in the world do we do to preserve our own rights and culture? Any ideas?

  5. Granddad May 27, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Guy Fawkes was a Catholic. He was also a Yorkshireman, so he can’t have been all that bad. At Lewes in Sussex they also used to burn an effigy of the Pope on Bonfire Night, but I expect in this PC age this has gone by the board,

    • tinkerbelle86 May 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

      yes i know granddad, i said i think they wanted to blow him up as he was a protestant, and they wanted a catholic king, because they were catholics.

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