Alf has become thoroughly bemused about editorial policy at The Daily Mail, a publication with which he has always felt politically comfortable.
Sadly, they have become astonishingly PC by the looks of it and have taken umbrage at remarks made by Rush Limbaugh, an American entertainer, radio talk show host, writer, conservative political commentator and loud mouth.
There have been many times when umbrage should have been taken at the utterances of this fellow.
We could – and probably should – also wonder about the quality of the genes bequeathed him by parents who gave him the preposterous name of Rush Hudson Limbaugh III.
But the Daily Mail has become antsy on this occasion because he has admitted to being ‘racist’ following comments he made about actor Idris Elba.
These comments followed news that Elba (“The Wire,” “Luther”) might be the next James Bond, according to a leaked email in which Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal reportedly wrote that Elba should succeed Craig in the role.
Alf has every sympathy with Limbaugh’s reaction:
“James Bond is a total concept put together by [author] Ian Fleming,” Limbaugh said. “He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, was.”
“But now [they are] suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton, rather than a white from Scotland,” he continued. “But that’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably point this out.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Limbaugh then went on to compare Elba playing Bond to George Clooney being cast as President Barack Obama.
The Daily Mail has gone extraordinarily huffy about these remarks and others made by Limbaugh.
Limbaugh did not reveal however how he feels about Craig playing Bond, or make mention of actors David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton or Pierce Brosnan, who, while white, are not Scottish.
In fact, of the seven men to have played the smooth-talking spy over the past 50 years, only one is actually Scottish – the very first Bond, Sean Connery.
Despite these inarguable facts, Limbaugh still declared at one point during the show; ‘Fifty years of white Bond because Bond is white. Always Scottish. Always drank vodka.’
Things then got taken a step further when Limbaugh said that casting Elba, whose phonetical name proved challenging for Limbaugh to pronounce throughout the segment, as Bond would be like casting George Clooney as President Obama or Kelsey Grammer as Nelson Mandela.
It didn’t stop there either, with Limbaugh imagining Kate Hudson playing Michelle Obama and Scarlett Johansson as Condoleezza Rice as scenarios as ludicrous as a black man playing Bond, before capping it all off by suggesting British actor Hugh Grant playing the role of gay footballer Michael Sam is akin to Elba as Bond.
Limbaugh then declared ‘we’re just playing here,’ before moving on to his next talking point.
It is also worth noting that the self-described Bond fanatic Limbaugh’s claim that 007 ‘always drank vodka’ is also not accurate, as the spy drinks a variety of different beverages in Flemming’s novels.
Nitpicking about the vodka and so on is all very well.
But when it comes to the critical point of Bond being black…
Well, what next?
Gay, disabled and Ukrainian?