This outburst from Bruce Forsyth shows just why this old duffer is well past his sell-by date. He introduces Strictly Come Dancing-SCD.
For those unfamiliar with SCD, celebrities hitch themselves to a professional dancing partner and compete against similar couples. This year, there's a professional dancer, Anton Du Beke-born Tony Beak- dancing with actress Laila Rouass. Rouass' parents are Moroccan, and a couple weeks ago after giving herself a spray tan, appeared on the programme to be referred to as a 'paki' by the thoughtful Mr Beak.
It was a mistake, but Forsyth, leading with his chin, staggered into the controversy. People should have a 'sense of humour', he told the radio station, TalkSport this morning. 'You go back 25, 30, 40 years and there has always been a bit of humour about the whole thing.'
The fact is, as the dim Brucey should know, most of are not living '25,30,40 years ago. We are living in the twenty-first century. Such words are offensive and racist and simply can't be wafted aside with such nonsense. And to defend it as he did, shows just how unsuitable he is to host the programme. He should be told to waltz off and dig out that other racist Carol Thatcher who the BBC sacked for her 'gollywog' outburst.
Update 16.30 8th October
The curse of the Rambler. Bruce has clearly been dragged kicking and screaming to clarify his comment.