You may remember Gavin McAsshole’s disgusting post about my people and how horribly cruel it was. It left me crying all day, to be tarred at the hands of such a senseless bigot.
You may remember Gavin McAsshole’s disgusting post about my people and how horribly cruel it was. It left me crying all day, to be tarred at the hands of such a senseless bigot. Luckily, the benevolent socialists over at Love Music Hate Racism threatened Platform until they took down that revolting article. Thankful to have my dignity and security handed to me by a third party, I sent them an appreciative note, and if you are even remotely South Asian, I recommend you do the same. Send your thank you letter to Info@LMHRFestivals.com.
Here’s the email I wrote to my hero, Lee Billingham of Love Music Hate Racism, followed by the courageous letter he originally sent to Platform:
Dear Lee Billingham,
As an Indian person and all around music lover/racism hater, I would like to thank you for forcing Platform to take down that pathetic, disgusting article, “I Love P*kis — 10 Reasons Why” by Gavin McInnes. There is no doubt that McInnes, being a typical ignorant, no doubt toothless Yankee, does not understand the virulent history and weight of the P-word, nor does he appreciate individuals of South Asian descent.
As a prominent national anti-racism organization, I know that Love Music Hate Racism has my best interest in mind when they take action to threaten a small, recently launched online magazine such as Platform with a smear campaign. It reaffirms a notion that I hold to be central to both liberty and tolerance — that is, no one is too small to be bullied.
I would just like to thank you once more for standing up for the little brown guy. It is all too often that a meek Indian, such as myself, is attacked by a bigoted white man and needs another white man to come to the rescue. And it’s good to know that you Brits, with your history of looking out for us Indians, have not let up the burden.
In short, thank you for protecting me.
And here’s the original email Lee Billingham of Love Music Hate Racism sent to Platform:
Rather than just unsubbing, we wanted to let you know that a prominent national anti-racism organisation is unsubscribing to your “magazine” because of the pathetic “I Love Pakis” article (http://www.readplatform.com/i-love-pakis-10-reasons-why/).
In a society where racism is still a major problem, and particularly for something published in the UK where the word “paki” is spat out *unironically* as a prelude to racist violence by BNP or EDL supporters, this article is stupid and irresponsible. It repeats the worst sort of racist stereotypes, particularly the racists’ favourite of calling anyone from the Indian subcontinent a “Paki” and gets its defence in early with the predictable jibe that anyone who takes offence is doing so because of how “politically correct” Britain is! And an equally predictable response that, hey, y’know, we were being ironic, ISN’T going to wash. If it was irony it was stupid, pointless and misplaced for the reasons stated earlier. However, it just reads like a genuine piece, with the flimsy justification that the US is, like, more relaxed about racist language, whose function will be to make those already complacent about racism feel it’s perfectly acceptable to use these racist epithets that we have fought for decades to make taboo and unacceptable.
If you want a campaign launched against your racist “irony”, you can do nothing. If you want to avoid that, you’ll take the idiot thing down and issue a genuine, unironic apology to all those you’ve offended. Your choice.
Love Music Hate Racism
See what I mean? Total white knight status. So send him an email letting him know it: Info@LMHRFestivals.com.