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Basil Brush to be investigated by Police

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by MrNerdy, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. MrNerdy

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    Basil Brush is being investigated after a complaint was made about an alleged racist joke in the puppet's BBC series.

    A complaint was received by the police following a recent screening of an old episode that features the fox telling jokes about gypsies, reports Metro. The episode, which was originally shown six years ago, features a sketch where a gypsy woman tries to sell Basil some wooden pegs.

    A police spokesperson said: "We can confirm we have received a complaint about a TV show featuring Basil Brush from a member of the public in February. The complaint was logged as an incident of a racist nature."

    Basil is a glove puppet!
    Surely they should be after the "person" who does his voice?
     
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  2. hbroomhall

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    Er - you expect accurate reporting from The Metro? :ohmy

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  3. AJ

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    This report was in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo (local rag) last Thursday. Didn't take too much note of it, but it was something about a woman dressed as a Gypsy and tried to sell Basil some pegs ??????????
     
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  4. AvD

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    pffft! he so deserves it, for god sake, they don't sell pegs they sell bloody dogs and broken car's snatch tells it all, i had some living round the corner from me, they are great for removing trash put an item on your lawn and they come ask for it. don't ever buy a car from them though!!!!
     
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    BOOM! BOOM!
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    stupid people who complain about things, I say bring back Love Thy Neighbour it was great :biggrin
     
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    I guess being an american I am really missing something here. What was wrong with what he said and how was it racial?
     
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    Nothing
    It wasn't

    What we have in this country is a ridiculous situation whereby people who don't want to pay any income tax, register for any censuses, send their children to school or abide by the laws of the land (itinerant Irish travellers) have somehow attached themselves to the cultural identity of a people that go back hundreds of years (romany gypsies) and scream racism every time someone calls them what they really are: thieving pikey bastards. the sad thing is that there are now little 'interest groups' designed to represent these scumbags (and anyone who has ever had the misfortune to live near one of their campsites knows that they truly ARE scumbags) who think they can convince middle-class snobs who have never had to live within fifty miles of them that the media, ordinary working-class people and landowners that there's a massive racist conspiracy afoot.
     
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  9. NightWalker

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    Lmao... :biggrin got a great dictionary style description of a pikey:

    pikey

    From the English "turnpike", the place where travellers and thieves would camp near a settlement.

    Pikey is not a racial group, the term is used to describe anyone who lives in a caravan or shares the same values and "culture" of "the travelling community", and whose main sources of income are as follows:

    Stealing cars, flogging roses in pubs for "childrens' charities", nicking lead off roofs, burgling garden sheds, blagging entry to old peoples house to rob them, doing dodgy tarmac jobs ("we've got some black stuff left over from a job up the road"), sometimes with mint imperials used as a substitute for white chippings, or, reportedly, using snow to lay slabs on when the sand ran out, stealing your bollocks if they weren't in a bag and anything else that's not nailed down and anything that is nailed down but will fit in the back of an untaxed Transit when nobody's looking.
     
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  10. Mitzs
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    Over here they are called circus and carnivals.:biggrin
     
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    That's called welfare over here. :dry
     
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    The difference is Mitzs, is that with a circus/carnival everybody gets something, you pay them, they give you entertainment.

    With pikeys/gypsys, whenever they are anywhere near you have to hang on to your wallet,your dog and your wife (in that order too) otherwise they'll steal them and anything else not nailed down.
     
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  13. greenbrucelee
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    Pikeys piss me off, a while back a group of gypsy girls tried to get in a nightclub but because they looked like something that came from the rubbish dump they were turned away.

    However they complained to local counsel and the nightclub and the door staff are being investigated for racial descrimination. :blink

    Being a so called traveller is not a race its a way for layabouts and scumbags to get away without paying tax and to basically harrass the normal hard working people of the country.

    I was once walking through Eldon Square in Newcastle and some Woman came upto me and said "Do you want some lucky heather?" I said how is it lucky? she replied that it had been blessed or something. I promptly told her **** off. Apparently now I am forever cursed :D

    Stupid potters.
     
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    With pikeys/gypsys, whenever they are anywhere near you have to hang on to your wallet,your dog and your wife (in that order too) otherwise they'll steal them and anything else not nailed down.[/QUOTE]

    I've only got 2 hands so im afraid the wallet and the dog it is! :twisted:
     
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    I say take the safety labels off everything.
     
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    Gotta agree with the sentiments in this thread.

    I've never had any dealings with them personally but my wife, who is the manager of a charity shop, has to deal with them all too often and when the "Gypsies" are in town, she has a hard time with them looking to steal from the shop. They use all kinds of tactics - including their young children - to try and steal anything they can get away with.

    The knock on to this is that my wife - who is normally pretty easy going (i.e. she married me) - dislikes that class of people intently and doesn’t give em an inch when they enter the shop. She's pretty certain that sooner or later one of them is going to complain about her attitude towards them and the likelihood is that that person will be believed beyond doubt and my wife will be vilified in some way.

    Oh and before someone comments on that they can't believe that people would want to steal from a charity shop, trust me, it's a regular occurrence. One of the things we have realised since she took the job (10 years ago now) is how low some people really can be.
     
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  17. richardw

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    It'll be interesting when we get ID cards!

    They should always have a quick look at the complainant first: if your not paying tax & not on the electoral roll, ooh look we lost your complaint
     
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