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‘tea-towels on their heads’

Posted By Al-Hack On 11th August, 2006 @ 2:44 pm In Media | Comments Disabled

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. [[1] Haaretz]

Hey Burchill, joined the BNP yet? You must have because they’re quite good at using these ‘ragheads’ and ‘tea-towels’ slurs. Idiot. [[2] via IW]


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#1 Comment By Fatwadodger On 11th August, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

Wow. She’s bitter.

#2 Pingback By Englishman in New York » Better Angry, Aggressive and Alive than Meek, Mild and Dead On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Sunny On 11th August, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

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

#4 Comment By AsifB On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Sunny On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By bananabrain On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Refresh On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By TottenhamLad On 11th August, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

Some good news from the [3] 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 Comment By Vikrant On 11th August, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

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

#10 Comment By Vikrant On 11th August, 2006 @ 5:15 pm

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

#11 Comment By Vikrant On 11th August, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

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

#12 Comment By Vikrant On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By . On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Yakoub/Julaybib On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By eteraz On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Clairwil On 11th August, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

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

#17 Comment By Arif On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By don On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Sunny On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Arif On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By eteraz On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Bert Preast On 11th August, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

Eteraz knows how to get on the blogroll.

#23 Comment By Old Pickler On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Sunny On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By eteraz On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Sid On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Sid On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Vikrant On 11th August, 2006 @ 8:06 pm

but that’s just sick.

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

#29 Comment By Vikrant On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Sunny On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Bikhair aka Taqiyyah On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Bikhair aka Taqiyyah On 11th August, 2006 @ 10:25 pm

What is a Chavlims?

#33 Comment By Bikhair aka Taqiyyah On 11th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Kismet Hardy On 12th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Old Pickler On 12th August, 2006 @ 11:47 am

Now that was funny.

Old Pimple

No, Bikhair, more of a beauty spot.

#36 Comment By Rakhee On 12th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Rakhee On 12th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Sid On 12th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By thabet On 12th August, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Kulvinder On 13th August, 2006 @ 2:56 am

I had to look up who Julie Burchill was

#41 Pingback By Pickled Politics » Failing to challenge racism On 15th August, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

[…] 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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[1] Haaretz: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/749291.html
[2] via IW: http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/islamophobia-watch/2006/8/11/bleeding-heart-ignoramuses.html
[3] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=399352&in_page_id=17
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