Monday, 28 April 2014

Lenny Henry - a True Brit Luvvie

I last saw Lenny Henry live at Wimbledon theatre, where he turned out a light entertainment one-man show that was a pleasant enough to pass away an hour or so. He's nice, which is why he gets parts advertising hotel beds rather than parts as a psycho gang drugs murderer. He also turns out a passable Othello, which despite Desdemona's fate is an OK part for a nice bloke. Lenny is a True Brit luvvie - competent, workmanlike, reliable, but with an annoying whine to the press from time to time.

Lenny's latest complaint is that (I think) despite being 15% of the UK's population, ethnic people only have 5% of actor-hours on the telly. Well, I don't watch much telly, but I'm not going to let that stand in the way of expressing an opinion. Which is that telly is make-believe. East Enders if true to life would be very different to the screen fiction. It's a nostalgic reminder of 1950s working class solidarity, the Blitz and a mythical articulate, intelligent white populace. The reality is the moronic wastes of space from TOWIE - the East End moved to Romford many years ago.

In fact the African film industry is now making very slick and competent TV drama, and I predict it won't be long before soaps such as Shuga (see vid) are being transmitted on UK TV - with all black casts. But sadly with no parts for Mr Henry.


john miller said...

We all know that to deny someone a job because of the colour of their skin is clearly racist.

So in what sense is a black person calling for fewer jobs for white people not racist?

DeeDee99 said...

I cannot for the life of me understand the thought process that decides someone who:

calls for people to be awarded high profile jobs in the media because of their colour (black) isn't being racist - when they are basing their demand on peoples race

whilst someone who suggests that if a black person wants to see a lot more black faces on TV in a country which has a significant white majority, they might want to consider moving to a country where the majority are white IS racist.

Anonymous said...

The problem is partly that Mr Henry is an Oreo (black on the outside etc) and being of a theatrical persuasion as well he has mastered the art of whining as well as the politics of being an underdog, with overtones of the pseudoscience of 'race', leavened with a hearty portion of believing that his opinions are not worthless.

He must be a statist socialist too - overpaid, but believing the rest of us owe him a duty to keep him in employment.

When I turn on the TV I see far more 'ethnics' than I meet in my daily life, and when I fly back to the UK and go through immigration, I sometimes wonder where the plane actually landed.

Anonymous said...

Who ever said EastEnders was entertainment?

Lennie, someone, some bod from the beeb should inform him - fill him in as it were................

EastEnders, is a re-education programme for dem whities n'smoke, it teaches dem de new stuff man innit. It, is bite sized propaganda for the idiots - got it - and that means you lot too, Len.
Interesting clash of culture between broken dysfunctional families, Islam which plays on strong familial bonds, is all about family. Family, and a subplot, of the conflict of the promotion of mores of gay and the basic equivocation because of the obvious and irrevocable contradictions in cultural Marxism Ahem - what did the bbc do?

They wrote a script for a gay Indo-Pakistani - crafty bastards and they got away with it all because - it's just entertainment!!

anon 2 said...


Presumably for the dominant, non-indigenous minority - and the white-trash they're so proudly creating. ...In a country that's now the rotten model for the concept 'fifth-world.'

Our William explained how it works(him as just had a birthday):

They that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow,
They rightly do inherit heaven’s graces
And husband nature’s riches from expense;
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others but stewards of their excellence.
The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die,
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds. (Shakespeare, William. Sonnet 94)