Thankfully, Peter Fitzsimons has been acquitted of the charge of racism for calling a dusky South African bodyguard a ‘gorilla’ on national TV. Counsel for the defence, Peter Fitzsimons, persuaded the judge, Peter Fitzsimons, that it would be impossible for the accused, Peter Fitzsimons, to be found guilty because
“It would be bloody strange if he was racist towards black South Africans when, in the 1980s, he was far and away the loudest Wallaby to speak out strongly against apartheid. Stranger still, that circa 1993, he was on the organising committee and MC-ed the Sydney Town Hall fundraiser for Nelson Mandela as he emerged from prison after 27 years, to launch himself and his people in their first election campaign in the newly liberated South Africa? And that, consequently, the most treasured possession in his house is the signature of Nelson Mandela.”
It seems Fitz’s innocence of the change was confirmed by the absence of Twitter fury following the original putative offence, which was merely the employment of the widely used Aussie vernacular of the term ‘gorilla’ in reference to
“an aggressive security guard”, not dissimilar to the Oxford dictionary definition, “1.informal, A heavily built aggressive-looking man”.
Yes, Leftists routinely take to Twitter to denounce the failings of their favourite progressive figures!
If I have the logic right, because Fitzsimons didn’t intend to give offence, none could possibly have been taken, even by a black South African, probably unfamiliar with good old Aussie parlance.
So, by the same token, one wonders if a 13-year-old girl at the MCG was simply using the term ‘ape’ to refer to a heavily built aggressive looking man? A young girl disadvantaged by the fact that she has not yet had the opportunity to establish her anti-racist credentials by MCing a Town Hall fundraiser for Nelson Mandela.
But to cut to the chase, I would concede that Fitzsimons is not racist just because, in the heat of the moment, he carelessly used a colourful phrase. It’s just a pity that he and many others like him cannot allow the same magnanimity to lesser mortals. Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act does not take account of the fact that Fitzsimons did not intend to give offence, and he certainly had no 18D defence. I wonder if Fitzsimons have gotten off so lightly had the ‘gorilla’ in question had been an indigenous Australian?
Sadly, judging by the hypocrisy of the Left and the fact that Fitzsimons is a virtue-signaller of national prominence, most probably he would.