Jeremy Clarkson has been given support by Sebastian Shakespeare, columnist in the Mail newspaper, who made a comparison between Elvis Costello’s use of the word ‘nigger’ in his song, ‘Oliver’s Army’, and Clarkson’s use of it by reciting the nursery rhyme ‘Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe’ to choose between two cars.
Arguing that the BBC had chastised Clarkson, putting him on a final warning, Shakespeare observed that the BBC still permits Costello’s song to be played, despite the fact that it too uses the word.
‘Oliver’s Army’ makes references to Cromwell, militarisation, checkpoint Charlie (where there was a huge military presence) the murder mile, which referred to either Northern Ireland, or Upper Hackney in London, as both fit, a trigger, a reference to firearms, then: “One more widow, one less white nigger” refers to military killing with its ‘disposable’ victims and its repugnant nature. Using such a strong word underscores the continuing brutalisation of different races and the similarity to wanton military deaths, i.e. picking up on the heinous historical treatment of black people and contrasting that with ‘body counts’, clearly a positive use of the word.
I would like to ask Seb Shakespeare: how could Clarkson’s utterance of ‘Eeeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe’ ever be considered positive? Sorry Seb, but your thinking has gone horribly awry and shows you have a serious problem with your comprehension of why each person used the word.