“I thought, who is my hero? Nelson Mandela – who I had the pleasure of meeting once – and what’s the stereotype of black people?
“Well, at the time there was a lot of things in the papers about drugs, so I made him a drug dealer or a pedaller of alcopops for children and things like that, which I thought was so wrong that it was right.”
He also admitted he had no regrets about the decision, adding: “And I wouldn’t do it now, but I don’t think I regret it.”
Ava hit back, saying: “If you’re going to do comedy, why wouldn’t you subvert the stereotype, why wouldn’t you challenge it, why would you reinforce it?
“Did he play Margaret Thatcher as a hooker? Why did he denigrate the black one?”
The comedian later went onto use a racial slur, which prompted further fury from listeners, saying: “Let me tell you, Nick, obviously Al Johnson or GH Elliot, who played the Chocolate Coloured C**n in the 1930s – they perpetuated the myth of the happy negro who was just very happy to sing under the crack of the whip, the American whip or the British imperial bayonet and obviously that’s deeply offensive and always will be.”
Published at Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:09:00 +0000