Friday, 3rd July 2020

Dominic Raab's guide to civil rights protests

I’VE received a lot of attention for pointing out that ‘taking the knee’ was copied from Game Of Thrones. Here is my guide to where other civil rights protests stole their ideas from. 

Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech.

Blatant rip-off of the Abba song of the same name. They went on to sing ‘I have a dream, a fantasy, to help me through reality’. But we don’t need dreams and fantasies. I prefer to live in the real world, a world currently being beaten by this government’s track and trace programme.

Rosa Parks’ bus protest

This stunt, I believe, was based on an old episode of On The Buses in which Olive protests to Inspector Blake when a man refuses to give up his seat to her. Rosa Parks not only stole the idea, but made it painfully politically correct, a far cry from what the On The Buses scriptwriters had intended and which airbrushes Olive out of history altogether.

Malcolm X

We all know this civil rights leader’s gimmick was to sign off his name with a kiss but letter-writers had been doing it for centuries. And was it not Jason Donovan from our future trading partner Australia who had a worldwide hit with ‘Sealed With A Kiss’? I smell plagiarism.

The Selma marches, 1965

If you’re going to choose a Simpsons character to base your protest march on, you could do better than Marge’s grumpy, chain-smoking sister Selma. Why not entrepreneurial convenience store owner Apu? He is an excellent role model for BAME young people.

The Black Panthers

Oh come on, did these guys seriously think no one had heard of the billion dollar-grossing Marvel mega-hit Black Panther? At least show some originality. Still, at least their costumes were different, which is more than can be said for Mahatma Gandhi’s feeble imitation of the excellent Ben Kingsley in Gandhi.