Thursday 22 February 2018

We're drowning in a torrent of outrage and humourless indignation

Essence of Mob rule is in danger of tainting any public utterance. Eilis O'Hanlon calls for a little judgement

Does the well of indignation never run dry? Latest to get a soaking from a brimming bucket drawn up out of the depths of manufactured outrage is BBC Radio Two breakfast DJ Chris Evans, for retweeting, as it's called, the following joke on his Twitter page: "You give an African £2 a month and what do they do? Buy a bloody trumpet."

Irked by the incessant droning of those maddening vuvuzelas -- and probably even more by the fact that his wife has downloaded an App for her iPhone that replicates the now infamous sound, which she plays in his ear as he tries to sleep -- Evans presumably found that comment mildly amusing and decided to share it with his 84,000 followers on the social networking site. Unfortunately, he forgot that any gathering of tens of thousands of people is statistically bound to include a sizeable proportion of humourless, self-righteous busybodies.

Soon it was head down to dodge the backlash from fellow Twitterers, incensed at a what they immediately declared was a "racist" joke worthy of the late Bernard Manning.

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