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Some time ago, having heard the word, which I mistakenly thought was an abbreviation of some kind as in ‘UN = United Nations’ or ‘BLM = Black Lives Matter’, I looked it up and, much to my surprise, discovered, as per Wikipedia, that it is in fact, just a word.
I suspect there may well be plenty of people in Britain who have yet to learn this. Mostly because they, frankly, couldn’t care less.
We, in Britain, have witnessed a number of so-called ‘WOKE actions’ that seemed, and still seem, bizarre to put it mildly.
Initially, many of us felt quite annoyed about it but, as Brits are apt to do, we soon started to see the funny side of it and simply laughed at the WOKE behavior.
Over the months since all this strange ‘WOKERY’, (If that isn’t a word already, I’ve just invented it), began, more and more bizarre, if not entirely unhinged, demands have come forth from the WOKES.
In the Netherlands, for example, the WOKE brigade has demanded that ‘Black Peter’, or, as the Dutch call him, ‘Zwarte Piet’, must be banned as it offends members of the BAME community.
Interestingly, BAME itself has, in some places, now become a ‘no-no’ description.
Quite how the hell anyone is supposed to keep up with what is and isn’t acceptable when the mad WOKES keep changing their minds is anyone’s guess.
Now ‘Black Peter’ in the Netherlands is a fictional character who is if you like, the ‘sidekick’ of Santa Claus, or Father Christmas.
Traditionally some Dutch would ‘black up’ their faces as part of the Christmas celebrations.
The fact that doing so represented the soot from a chimney that ‘Black Peter’ had gone down on Father Christmas’s behalf, and had absolutely nothing what so ever to do with race is, according to the WOKE brigade, irrelevant.
‘Zwarte Piet’ must be canceled say the WOKE brigade.
There is a small town in the north of England called Bacup. It isn’t too far from my home town of Oldham. Bacup has a traditional troop of Morris Dancers.
Now, if you have no idea what ‘Morris Dancers’ are, I suggest you look it up on Google. It’ll be easier that way than me explaining.
Just briefly so you get the idea –
Basically, ‘Morris Dancers’ are an ancient tradition up and down the country. They dress up in fancy clothes. Often have bells attached, and at certain times of the year, do traditional folk dances for various reasons.
The Bacup Morris Dancers black up their faces.
As a result, the WOKE brigade demanded they cease doing so. Indeed, the British Federation of Morris Dancers has surrendered their dignity by stating that unless the Bacup Morris Dancers cease to black face, their membership of the Federation will be stopped.
‘But’, responded the Bacup Morris Dancers, ‘it’s a tradition of over a hundred years and represents coal miners leaving the mine with their faces covered in coal dust. It has nothing to do with race’.
The Bacup Morris dancers must be canceled say the WOKE brigade.
I am delighted to report that, up to the time of writing, the Bacup Morris Dancers have politely told the WOKE brigade, and their Federation, to ‘get stuffed’ and intend to carry on their 100-year-old tradition and be damned.
Actually, they refer to themselves as The Bacup Morris MEN. Next thing you know the WOKES will be shouting ‘Sexist!’ at them.
Yes. Increasingly, we Brits are laughing at the insane WOKES, but, we laugh with a tiny bit of alarm in the back of our minds.
The toppling of historical statues. The vandalism of memorials. The attack on our freedoms of speech and expression. The increased bias of MSM in favor of WOKISM. (Is that a word or have I invented another?).
Slowly but surely, more and more Brits are waking up to the clear dangers of allowing the WOKE brigade to have their way.
You could say, we have woke up to the WOKE.
We daren’t go back to sleep either. If we do, we may find the WOKE brigade decide to cancel us in our sleep for not sharing their bizarre view of the world.