In recent weeks, two Muslim men have been viciously assaulted on their way back from the mosque, one of them actually set on fire and sustaining life changing injuries. Synagogues and Jewish schools require protection. Hotels housing asylum seekers have been attacked. The atmosphere, stoked by our Prime Minister and our Home Secretary, both of Asian heritage, is febrile. On Sunday, Suella Braverman toured the TV and radio studios spouting inflammatory stuff aimed at the people who read the Daily Mail or watch GB News – i.e. morons. According to Cruella, groups of “vulnerable white English girls” were being “pursued and raped and drugged and harmed by gangs of British Pakistani men who’ve worked in child abuse networks”. Grooming gangs had a “predominance” of “British Pakistani males, who hold cultural values totally at odds with British values . The Government was going to get tough and “political correctness” would not get in the way of stopping these gangs.
It is certainly true that the fear of seeming racist among police forces and local councils allowed grooming gangs to flourish in places such as Rochdale, Rotherham and Telford, together with sexism, snobbery and sheer incompetence. And it is certainly true that those gangs were largely Pakistani men. But as the Home Secretary, Braverman knows perfectly well that in 2020 the Department she now runs found that “offenders in child grooming gangs are almost commonly white” and that although a number of high profile cases had “mainly involved made of Pakistani ethnicity” there were “significant limitations to what can be said about links between ethnicity and this form of offending”. In other words Braverman’s comments were misleading and inflammatory, not to mention downright racist. The Home Secretary should not sound like Tommy Robinson. This was certainly the view taken by former Tory Cabinet Minister Baroness Warsi, who lambasted these comments on Wednesday, accusing her of tarnishing a whole community and that she “needs to understand that when she opens her mouth she is speaking as a home secretary she can’t use loose language. This kind of shock jock language is becoming a pattern with her. It feels she is more interested in the rhetoric and the noise of creating a culture war then the actual job. Whether this consistent use of racist rhetoric is strategy or incompetence however doesn’t matter both show that she is not fit to hold high office”.
Warsi is of course absolutely right. The Government’s stance is all part of the war on woke, encompassing the BBC, the Guardian, lefty lawyers, anyone who lives in North London, people who eat Muesli and defenders of human rights. It is the old tactic of “don’t look over there, look over here”. The economy is stymied, interest rates are galloping, Brexit is a dud… let’s start a war on migrants, ethnic minorities and people offended by gollies (which used to be known as gollywogs, a clue to why they are offensive). The Equality Act 2010 specifically provides that it is not a defence that the discriminator has the same protected characteristic as the person being discriminated against. And that applies as much to Braverman as to anyone else.
We start our review of the week’s wanky wear with Mrs Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan wearing Magda Butrym at a Clarins Precious Intimate Dinner in New York.
This is a very mystifying garment, which appears to be one-legged jeans for a uniped with the full leg unpicked and worn as a skirt, the other leg worn as a bralet with everything held together by a dead hydrangea.
Next up, we have the not-very-fully-clad-as-bloody-usual actress Julia Fox, wearing what appears to be toilet roll.
And not just a toilet toll, but a very bedraggled and torn toilet roll, as if the Andrex puppy had become over-excited and launched a kamikaze attack on the bathroom accroutements.
Meet actor Andrew Chappelle at the premiere of series 2 of Blindspotting wearing who knows what this is?
If a 1950s Colonial policeman went to a fancy dress party as a majordomo with side napkin, this is what he would look like. Those shorts are a disaster and have fallen prone to a severe case of elephant vagina syndrome.
This is model Joy Corrigan wearing not enough.
One must of course pay tribute to the undoubted talents of Joy’s waxing technician, a veritable da Vinci in her field. But otherwise, there is little to commend here, including the very silly lime green mini-bag like a squashed frog and a pair of trousers descending south, the same fate suffered onstage recently by little Justin Bieber.
Here we are at the Stella McCartney x Addidas launch party in Los Angeles with singer Noah Cyrus wearing, er, Stella McCartney.
This might well be one of the silliest things WTF has seen in quite a while, with Noah dressed in one-shouldered swaddling clothes and a baby bonnet?
And now we are back in New York with actor Taraji P Henson wearing Marc Jacobs about to go on the TV talkshow The View.
The footwear was last seen on the preposterous Daphne Guinness and the furry thing makes Taraji look like a giant teddy bear.
WTF loves teddy bears, and is still inseparable from her Mr Teddy, who was in her cot when she first came home from the hospital at all of two days old. (WTF was late arriving, with her poor mother in labour for 36 hours, and was a baby fatso weighing in at 9.7 lbs. Plus ça change…) But Mr Teddy does not parade around Sixth Avenue having his picture taken taken by the paparazzi. (This is not Mr Teddy by the way. Insofar as he still has any fur, it is blue).
And finally we have actor Chelsee Healey wearing not enough.
Chelsee was off to supper at The Ivy in Manchester with everything on show or hanging out or both. Frankly, law abiding diners should be entitled to eat their signature Ivy fishcake and sticky toffee pudding (both are absolute winners) without being plunged into a state of apprehension of an imminent nip slip. It’s a restaurant, love, not a lap dancing club.
This week’s It’s Got To Go comes from WTF aficionado Bindy from Wiltshire, who was horrified – and with good reason – by this picture of a girl’s bikini’d arse with champagne bottle illustrating an article in a March newsletter from the purportedly respectable PROPERTY CHRONICLE.
Bindy says “Everyone – and not just women – will find this, using a woman’s proffered arse as a headline invitation to read their newsletter, very poor indeed. Note also the use of the bottle neck, a trick often used by porn photographers to suggest the possibility of penetration…They should be ashamed of themselves. No wonder the feature is by “the Undercover Investor” – whoever he is, he is the one who should be exposed; and if this was passed by the Editor, He’s Got To Go”. Agreed.
OK Readers, that’s your lot for this week. Please keep sending in your suggestions for It’s Got To Go and your top comments, which WTF likes more than anything. Let us meet again next Friday. Be good .