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As if the London riots haven’t caused enough pain, Tudor historian David Starkey has to come on the BBC and push the knife deeper in the wound! Starkey was a guest on the BBC’s newscast “Newsnight” recently along with authors Owen Jones and Dedra Say Mitchell to talk about the London riots. Starkey said on the program that the riots were due to “whites [becoming] blacks.” “What has happened is that the substantial section of chavs that you [Owen Jones] wrote about have become black. The whites have become black,” he said. “A particular sort of violent, destrictive, nihilistic gangster culture has become the fashion. Black and white, boy and »
Historian provokes storm of criticism after remarks during a televised discussion about the riots on BBC2's Newsnight
The historian and broadcaster David Starkey has provoked a storm of criticism after claiming during a televised discussion about the riots that "the problem is that the whites have become black".
"His prophesy was absolutely right in one sense. The Tiber did not foam with blood but flames lambent, they wrapped around Tottenham and wrapped around Clapham," he said.
"But it wasn't inter-community violence. This is where he was absolutely wrong." Gesturing towards one of the other guests, Owen Jones, who wrote Chavs: the Demonisation of the Working Classes, Starkey said: "What has happened is that a substantial section of the chavs that you wrote about have become black. »
- Ben Quinn
After storming last year's X Factor, Cher Lloyd ran into a barrage of criticism. Will her debut single vanquish the haters?
Cher Lloyd's eyes flash defiance, although a smile plays across her lips. "I didn't listen to Girls Aloud growing up, no way," she says scornfully. "Too cheesy, man! I listened to grime, garage, bashment." Then she bursts out laughing, one of the few times she seems to relax, knowing how ironic her comments sound.
This time last year, Lloyd's name was known only to those residents of her home town who had noticed the teenager with what she describes as the "quirky clothes and ever-changing hairstyle", as well as the producers and judges of The X Factor (including her soon-to-be mentor Cheryl Cole, formerly of Girls Aloud). Lloyd had been abroad just once, for a two-day holiday in the Canary Islands, and lived with her parents and three »
- Alex Macpherson
'The working-class have been purged from our screens. Time to put them back?' is an article by Owen Jones, written exclusively for Pure Movies. The launch of Coronation Street on ITV in 1960 was a mini-revolution. For the first time, there was a TV series that revolved around sympathetic, realistic working-class characters and looked at how they lived their lives. It struck a chord and within months attracted over 20 million viewers. It rode the wave of so-called Northern Realism, a new genre of film that explored the realities of working-class life. Saturday Night and Saturday Morning, A Taste of Honey, Room at the Top and Cathy Come Home were classic examples. While working-class people were the starts of favourites like The Likely Lads, it was middle-class people who could find themselves the butt of jokes in The Good Life and other series. There was even a popular sitcom in the »
- Owen Jones
The Only Way is Essex is must-see television, but this mixture of reality show and scripted situations gives a one-sided view of Britain's chavland
What is a chav? I ask a man called Paul. He's standing having a fag outside the Hare & Tortoise on Brentwood High Street, Essex, and he answers with absolutely no hesitation at all.
"A chav is someone who wears a tracksuit, has an earring, and a haircut which is grade zero on the sides, grade three on the top. A chav is someone who does his top button up. That gentleman over there," and he gestures down the pavement, "in the Ralph Lauren shirt? He's a chav."
Everybody knows what a chav is, it seems, but no one is a chav. But then it's a word unlike any other in current usage. Not just because no one is exactly sure what it means, or if they are sure, »
- Carole Cadwalladr
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