Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been fined £1,000 for making a joke about a black security guard at a public event.
Gascoigne joked abut Errol Rowe, a security guard, during his An Evening with Gazza show, by asking him: Can you smile please, because I can't see you?
Ordering Gascoigne to pay Rowe £1,000 in compensation, District Judge Graham Wilkinson lectured Gascoigne:
You sought to get a laugh from an audience of over 1,000 people because of the colour of Mr Rowe's skin. Mr Rowe was clearly humiliated on stage, as part of an act.
As a society it is important that we challenge racially aggravated behaviour in all its forms. It is the creeping 'low-level' racism that society still needs to challenge. A message needs to be sent that in the 21st century society that we live in, such
action, such words will not be tolerated.
It is not acceptable to laugh words like this off as some form of joke.
Ordering Gascoigne to pay a £100 victim surcharge and a £500 contribution to the cost of the prosecution. Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence
Offsite Comment: The state's war on amateur comedians
25th September 2016. See article from spiked-online.com
by Andrew Doyle, comedian
Gazza isn't the only one having his collar felt for telling a crap joke
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