David Jason, who played the much loved market trader and dodgy dealer on the BBC comedy hit Only Fools and Horses, Derek “Delboy” Trotter – has caused offence by making a “Pakistani” joke. The joke is “What do you call a Pakistani cloakroom attendant?” the answer “Me-hat-Me coat”. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7965058.stm
Now the funny thing is? that it is a play on the name “Mahatma” which is not a Pakistani name, the joke should be “What do you call a Hindu cloakroom attendant?”? now, even with the factually correct ethnicity inserted, it doesn’t make the joke any funnier. Even so, I don’t think it was a racist joke. I mean, on BBC Radio 4? I have heard the comedian and comedy writer Barry Crier? joke “What does a Spanish fireman call his? two sons?” the answer “Hose A and Hose B” a play on the name “Jos?” (pronounced “ho-sayy”). Both jokes are very similar but if one is racist so too is the other.
The BBC reports there have not been any complaint so far but maintained the the joke was inappropriate.
I have been following the three part “The Birth-Date of the Prophet and the History of the Mawlid” by Yasir Qadhi and was interested to see what his conclusions were. One particular passage in the last part (Part III) had me scratching my head, leaving aside the other issues of accuracy and the veracity of what he has written for people more expert in these matters than me.