A post by Cro rightly decries the BBC employee who Tweeted a photo of Prince Harry Big Down There and Sparkle Markel with a monkey between them after the birth of their son. Disgraceful and he was rightly sacked by the BBC. What planet do some people live on that they think that would in any way be acceptable in the 21st century.
I think in the past our Aborigines were at times referred to as niggers, but I am not sure that it was really a pejorative word, although of course it came with contotations. We had our own offensive words for Aborigines. Nigger is not a word used here now and we know how sensitive the use of it is in US, to the point that no one will actually write the word. It will be n*****r if it has to be written. It amuses me how some US black people use the word among themselves. We had Nigger Boy Liquorice here in my childhood years, and did anyone really associate it with black people? Like Black Face comedy, we don't have the historical connection to this word or performance.
We had our own monkey problems when a coloured skin footballer player was called a monkey by a spectator. She was thoroughly humiliated and deserved to be. It was clear that the player was upset and the comment had an impact on him.
R tells me I talk a lot of crap and did so when I expressed that there could be a problem. Ex Sis in Law had long referred to babies as little monkeys. I remember it happening for years. You cute little monkey as she cuddles one. She calls her twin granddaughters little monkeys. BUT, the twins are cafe latte coloured from their South Sea Islander father and obviously not WASPs. Maybe as they grow a bit, she will stop saying it.
There was an interesting moment at the zoo a couple of weeks ago when I noticed a nice looking Islander guy with his family walking towards us. He probably grabbed my attention because of his bright red top. I saw him notice the twins, and then his eyes flick to Hippie Niece to confirm their origin. I don't know what he thought but it is obvious that Hippy Niece is not an Islander.