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    ‘tea-towels on their heads’


    by Al-Hack on 11th August, 2006 at 2:44 pm    

    The conflict has sent this tendency into overdrive, with not just the usual Masochist Hacks For Mohammed such as Robert Fisk (beaten up by Islamists, says they were right to do it) and Yvonne Ridley (kidnapped by Islamists, then became one) getting their chadors in a twist about big swarthy men with tea-towels on their heads treating the West mean and keeping it - in their case at least - keen. [Haaretz]

    Hey Burchill, joined the BNP yet? You must have because they’re quite good at using these ‘ragheads’ and ‘tea-towels’ slurs. Idiot. [via IW]



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    1. Fatwadodger — on 11th August, 2006 at 3:00 pm  

      Wow. She’s bitter.

    2. Englishman in New York » Better Angry, Aggressive and Alive than Meek, Mild and Dead — on 11th August, 2006 at 3:05 pm  

      […] Burchill’s got a point. But so has Al-Hack at Pickled Politics when he singles out this paragraph from the same article: The conflict has sent this tendency into overdrive, with not just the usual Masochist Hacks For Mohammed such as Robert Fisk (beaten up by Islamists, says they were right to do it) and Yvonne Ridley (kidnapped by Islamists, then became one) getting their chadors in a twist about big swarthy men with tea-towels on their heads treating the West mean and keeping it - in their case at least - keen. […]

    3. Sunny — on 11th August, 2006 at 3:21 pm  

      She did not just say that! Tea towels? It’s a straightforward racial slur. What fucking stupidity.

    4. AsifB — on 11th August, 2006 at 3:26 pm  

      She has always had these views so it is nothing new.
      A Camelfucker remark got her sacked from time Out in the very early 80s and she has always had a contrarian writing style.

      I think other Israel supporters are slightly embarassed by her extreme case of Israelphilia actually, so it is a surpise that Haaretz see her as light relief.

    5. Sunny — on 11th August, 2006 at 3:29 pm  

      Well, these remarks are hurtful for Sikhs too, who regularly get taunted with tea-towel and raghead remarks in the USA (more than here). It’s a straightforward slur like ‘Paki’.

    6. bananabrain — on 11th August, 2006 at 4:00 pm  

      i second what asifb has just said; she is totally embarrassing. she’s got this thing about hunky dark israelis, doesn’t like arabs, knows feck-all about religion especially islam and confuses that with an informed opinion on the middle east. i’ll admit i do enjoy some of her invective (particularly when it’s aimed at fisk and ridley) but then i will also admit from time to time admiring the rhetoric of george galloway, who is a mendacious little saddam-sucking apologist for genocide as i believe i’ve pointed out before. she does point out some things which i feel ought to be pointed out, but i’d rather this was done by people with bigger brains than their mouths. basically, she’s a kind of melanie phillips without the benefit of “foaming phil’s” insight, research and logic. as i’ve said before, friends like this we could do without.

      come to think of it, maybe she’s old pickler in disguise??

      b’shalom

      bananabrain

    7. Refresh — on 11th August, 2006 at 4:19 pm  

      Bananabrain,

      “come to think of it, maybe she’s old pickler in disguise??”

      Exactly my thoughts - but wondered if anyone else felt the same.

      Julie Burchill, in her time on Guardian Talkboards would have happily had muslim women bombed and killed to liberate them. I guess nothing has chaged.

    8. TottenhamLad — on 11th August, 2006 at 4:46 pm  

      Some good news from the Daily Mail

      “…a third of Muslims said they so disapprove of the freedoms allowed in this country they would rather live under Sharia law….”

      Well they know where the door is!

      Good bye and good riddance…

      Though they may have one small dilemma: should they fly by plane or take the boat - which is safest?

    9. Vikrant — on 11th August, 2006 at 5:11 pm  

      sad.. really sad.. there was a time when i used to fantacise admire Julie…

    10. Vikrant — on 11th August, 2006 at 5:15 pm  

      Just been reading TottenhamLad’s blog my first reaction is our chavy undercalss has finally figured out blogging! *shock*

    11. Vikrant — on 11th August, 2006 at 5:21 pm  

      @TL: surely suave sophistry of a right-wing blogger is surely not yer thing… do refer a good thesaurus…

    12. Vikrant — on 11th August, 2006 at 5:23 pm  

      d’oh… typo #16892587543234

      surely suave sophistry of a right-wing blogger is surely not yer thing… do refer a good thesaurus…

    13. . — on 11th August, 2006 at 5:26 pm  

      Burchill is best ignored. She’s the kind of person who thrives off negative attention, which she got a lot of when she wrote for the Guardian. There was nearly always a few letters the next week disagreeing in far from polite terms. In general, a classic Glenda Slagg.

    14. Yakoub/Julaybib — on 11th August, 2006 at 5:29 pm  

      To think Burchill use to write for The Guardian. But then, Maureen Lipman does, and her views are almost as dispicable. Funny, given Burchy is such a chav lover, you think she’d bond with the Chavlims. Perhaps they should kidnap her, and then she might turn into an HT-ish Yvonne Ridley. Frightening prospect.

      Wasalaam

      TMA

    15. eteraz — on 11th August, 2006 at 6:02 pm  

      in america its rag heads and diaper heads (since we dont drink tea)

      btw, i just wanted to take this moment to say that the MLS all starts beat Chelsea. My one moment of American soccer chest thumping.

    16. Clairwil — on 11th August, 2006 at 6:21 pm  

      Agree with no.13. The fat old windbag is best ignored.

    17. Arif — on 11th August, 2006 at 6:44 pm  

      I like Julie Burchill’s style. It’s like she knows she is being extreme and makes sure we know it too by throwing in the racist slurs that are appropriate for expressing racist views. I feel like she’s sending herself up and sending up the whole attitude of “goodies v baddies”.

      Anyway, I like reading her articles. I’m sure she’s a good egg really.

    18. don — on 11th August, 2006 at 6:52 pm  

      ‘I’m sure she’s a good egg really. ‘

      You know, you can take being charitable a bit too far sometimes.

    19. Sunny — on 11th August, 2006 at 7:05 pm  

      You know, you can take being charitable a bit too far sometimes.

      I’ve been saying this to Arif for years. You think it has made any difference!? pah!

    20. Arif — on 11th August, 2006 at 7:10 pm  

      Her articles contradict each other - she has flirted with all kinds of ideologies, taking an unorthodox line and presenting it in a witty way.

      I have no doubt that if her anti-Arabism gets any more fashionable she’ll switch her opinions down a new track to continue her outsiders’ dance with popular culture.

    21. eteraz — on 11th August, 2006 at 7:13 pm  

      shit sunny

      i just clicked on ur comments is free article and saw ur pic

      is it just me or is sunny a good looking ‘bloke’

      if u come to ny NOW ill definitely take u along for the parties

      haha

    22. Bert Preast — on 11th August, 2006 at 7:15 pm  

      Eteraz knows how to get on the blogroll.

    23. Old Pickler — on 11th August, 2006 at 7:26 pm  

      maybe she’s old pickler in disguise??

      Hey, thanks. I’ve been compared to her before, and always take it as a compliment.

      She’s out of order with the “raghead” thing, but is otherwise spot on as always.

      One of my favourite quotes from her is:

      “Could be worse. I could be a Muslim woman with no job, no clitoris and no lipstick.”

      Julie 4 eva.

    24. Sunny — on 11th August, 2006 at 7:30 pm  

      I feel like one of those women columnists where people comment on her looks more than the article…

      Anyway Mr Eteraz you’re back on the b’roll. Where do you live anyways? Parties are always a good idea.

    25. eteraz — on 11th August, 2006 at 7:37 pm  

      nyc.

      those women columnists are tre popular. just dont join ‘thong-media’ like some of them do. or turn into an ice princess.

      by the way, have u any writings discussing whether religion-based groupings/orgs are better/worse than race/ethnic groupings/orgs in the british context?

    26. Sid — on 11th August, 2006 at 7:48 pm  

      She gets frightfully exercised about the wanton use of the word ‘chav’ by the tabloid press. But sees nothing wrong with her own use of racist anti-Arabisms. But that’s become a Zeitgeist in its own right. And thats all that Burchill does - there isn’t an original bone in her shapeless body.

    27. Sid — on 11th August, 2006 at 7:52 pm  

      Vikrant, there was a time when you fantacised about Julie Burchill? I’m pretty libertine when it comes to sexual prefs, but that’s just sick.

    28. Vikrant — on 11th August, 2006 at 8:06 pm  

      but that’s just sick.

      There boy.. dont get me star5ted on my sexual fantasies ;)

    29. Vikrant — on 11th August, 2006 at 8:09 pm  

      ok in retrospect that was a bad bad joke indeed.. shit only kismet can add that sexual flavour to any thread/. Kismet man you r a reel stud.

    30. Sunny — on 11th August, 2006 at 8:14 pm  

      Ahh.. I was planning to head to LA in the winter again. NYC another time.

      by the way, have u any writings discussing whether religion-based groupings/orgs are better/worse than race/ethnic groupings/orgs in the british context?

      Haven’t really explored this in detail yet. Religious groups are clearly worse IMO. Not because they’re religious but because of their friends and affiliations. Though their behaviour is largely the same these days.

    31. Bikhair aka Taqiyyah — on 11th August, 2006 at 10:20 pm  

      Al-Hack,

      I dont like the BNP being brought up and used to criticise white commentators. I have an appreciation for the BNP because they seem far more consistent than any other political entity.

    32. Bikhair aka Taqiyyah — on 11th August, 2006 at 10:25 pm  

      What is a Chavlims?

    33. Bikhair aka Taqiyyah — on 11th August, 2006 at 10:46 pm  

      Old Pimple,

      “Could be worse. I could be a Muslim woman with no job, no clitoris and no lipstick.”

      I can understand most of why she would say that. With a mug like hers she’ll need the former and the later.

      Now why would a woman speaking generally about Muslims in Britian, the majority of them being Pakistani bring up not having a clitoris?

      Ah nevermind. It has been my expirience that strong and liberated women like you dont have to answer to anything.

    34. Kismet Hardy — on 12th August, 2006 at 11:36 am  

      My impression of Julie Burchill:

      As I lay in my hammock bought from Argos, in my Matalan kaftan, on the terrace of my council flat penthouse, getting my cunny juices sipped rather controversially by a black handicapped evangelist named gloria, when I was overcome by the plight of Muslims. They are now the underdogs so I must hump them.

      They need our sympathy, understanding and pity. Then, to contradict myself as only I know how, I must urge you all to bring down this backward religion and burn all those who follow it.

      Then, completely changing the subject towards a bizarre, rather wacky route, I pledge all grecian 2000 be given free to the Chinese.

      Right, off to have sex with my gimp, Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal

    35. Old Pickler — on 12th August, 2006 at 11:47 am  

      Now that was funny.

      Old Pimple

      No, Bikhair, more of a beauty spot.

    36. Rakhee — on 12th August, 2006 at 2:41 pm  

      Right, off to have sex with my gimp, Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal

      Kismet, you’ve upset me today. I know you’ll have sex with almost anyone but purlease, even you’ve got to raise your standards a little.

      Your gimp wrote in the Evening Standard recently that he took his wife’s flash car out, drove around London without the headlights on, then got stopped by the police half an hour later who told him to turn them on. The idiot who doesn’t even have half a brain cell didn’t know how to, so he called his wife-gimp to ask her for instructions!

      Not only is he a f**kwit, he’s UGLY.

      Kismet, please don’t ever even think about having sex with him again.

    37. Rakhee — on 12th August, 2006 at 2:47 pm  

      ps. sorry K, i had just caught the tail end of your comment and have realised you’re writing that from wife-gimp’s perspective.

      it’s a bit worrying that i immediately jumped to the assumption that it was actually you talking….

    38. Sid — on 12th August, 2006 at 3:04 pm  

      Kismet

      have you read The Last Burden by an Indian writer called Upamanyu Chatterjee? His novels are full of middle class western educated protagonists humping the maid servants whilst indolently considering their lives.

      Reminded me of your passage. And what you wrote. ;-)

    39. thabet — on 12th August, 2006 at 5:08 pm  

      Well, what were you expecting from a sexually frustrated fat cunt like Burchill?

      She used to post on GUTalk and start trolling the International board by starting anti-Arab threads.

    40. Kulvinder — on 13th August, 2006 at 2:56 am  

      I had to look up who Julie Burchill was

    41. […] Failing to challenge racism by Al-Hack on 15th August, 2006 at 2:24 pm     “…getting their chadors in a twist about big swarthy men with tea-towels on their heads…” is what Julie Burchill said last week. Not long after, Marcus reckons Melanie Phillips and Julie Burchill will save western feminists. When Sunny challenges Marcus on Burchill’s racist statement, Brownie defends her with these pearls of wisdom: The paragraph in which Burchill writes about “big swarthy men with tea-towels on their heads” doesn’t mention Muslims, only Islamists. Her phraseology is, at worst, a little ignorant, but racist or bigotted it ‘aint. […]

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