Wednesday saw two celebrities heavily criticised for their 'shocking' use of controversial terms live on air. In case you missed it, they were Katie Price, for her use of the N-word on ITV's This Morning, and Orlando Bloom for using the word 'pikey' when speaking to Radio One's Nick Grimshaw. Rightly so, I hear many of you say. Others, I imagine, will think it another example of political correctness gone mad. I, personally, am a little more troubled by the fact that the so-called elite (so many of them are anything but), the Establishment, are just not held to the same standard. Boris Johnson is a case in point.
I do not know that 'mutton-headed', or 'mugwump' are particularly offensive terms ('piccaninnies' and 'watermelon smiles' most certainly are), but that is besides the point. The point is that Boris, and people like him, can say just about anything they like, no matter how inappropriate or offensive, and it is all laughed off as 'high jinks' and 'joshing'. Whilst I am no fan of the PC Brigade, I do so wish that the rules were applied equally to all. For example, if I were to call Boris a bison-headed, Bullingdon, bumboy, or referred to the Duke of Cambridge as an inbred, ill-favoured, imbecile, I would probably be called a vicious, zealous, cybernat, unless I had attended Eton, Fettes, or Gordonstoun, in which case it would all be just jolly japes.