When the BNP set the bar low they set it fucking low.
For those who are unaware, TV Chef Nigella Lawson “may” have been a victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence in a public place. He was photographed holding her by the throat at a restaurant.
Honestly? It’s a cut and shut case. There is nothing to comment about. Charles Saatchi is a violent man who hits his wife. His wife wants to divorce him and this is a public way to leave him. She can escape from this.
It doesn’t matter that she is herself a rich and powerful woman with agency and the ability to care for herself. That doesn’t mean she stayed because she “liked” it. It means that there were other things. She may have loved him and stuck with him because of that.
Now here is the thing. Nigella is infamous among men for being a bit… hot.
Okay. Very Hot. She is an extremely pretty lady who cooks well and is rather sexy. There are a lot of jokes about her cooking shows being popular with “the dads” for a different reason. She wasn’t the waifish stick figure that modern standards of beauty have become she is the curvy “normal” looking attractive. And she accepted that role as “Sex Figure + TV Chef”. I would say she knew her audience, I don’t see Jamie Oliver make come hither eyes at the camera.
But you know what? We may joke her being sexy and we may objectify her but in the end she understood that we did it and she understood that was her selling point. It was funny when she was hot and on TV and not being a victim of abuse. Now is not the time to be making jokes about her. Now is not the context either.
The vast majority of the UK responded in horror at his actions and with words of support. Domestic Violence is a crime and the police are making enquiries with the view of placing charges…
Roughly 1 in 3 women worldwide is subject to rape or domestic violence. In many places domestic violence is the norm. Women expect to be beaten and men expect to do it. Many women even SUPPORT it. It is however a terrible practice that is abusive and abusive MAINLY to women and mainly perpetrated by men. A small number of women beat men but the majority of men beaten by their partners are beaten by other men.
It is a terrible problem one that we are desperately trying to fight.
So then what do you call someone who says this?
If I had the opportunity to squeeze Nigella Lawson, her throat wouldn’t be my first choice.- Tweet by Nick Griffin, MEP for the BNP
Oh he has said more stuff that’s “vile”.
“Saint #nelsonmandela on last legs it seems. Make sure to avoid BBC when the murdering old terrorist croaks. It’ll be nauseating.
“‘Statesmen’ must be judged on results not rhetoric. Before Mandela, South Africa was safe economic powerhouse. Now crime ridden basket case.
“No surprise #Mandela’s lungs are shot – all those burning tyres. Smoking necklaces very bad for the health.”
- On a Sick Nelson Mandela
Keep talking Mr. Griffin. You think jokes about sexual harassment and domestic violence are amusing and you belittle the achievements of Nelson Mandela when all you have achieved is sinking to depths that we have not imagined.
Statesmen must be judged on results, not rhetoric. Shame that all Nick Griffin is known for is bad rhetoric, gay bashing and racism. It’s good to know he is diversifying into joking about domestic violence and sexual assault. Now we can find new and more diverse ways to be disappointed with him.