“There’s still nothing taboo about pouring contempt on one’s social inferiors”

I guess it depends on the subject and the context. East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson didn’t appreciate James Nesbitt’s recent crack about Larne, and (set up as he was) Sammy’s joke about the Pope didn’t quite cut the mustard with Ali G. Tom, at the Prospect blog notes that whilst many jokes remain the same, their subjects move around, depending on whether or not you can get away with it.

  • Rory

    There may be “nothing taboo about pouring contempt on one’s social inferiors” but it still remains in very poor taste indeed a complete abandonment of good manners. That is why I have always attempted to be as nice as possible to my fellow subscribers to Slugger whatever their social status.

    I suspect that James Nesbit’s comparison of Larne with Vietnam may simply have to do with his difficulty, like mine, of understanding the strange speech patterns of the natives.

  • larneman

    “I suspect that James Nesbit’s comparison of Larne with Vietnam may simply have to do with his difficulty, like mine, of understanding the strange speech patterns of the natives.”

    Considering Jimmy’s Coleraine and Broughshane antecedents, I very much suspect you are talking keugh…Belfast Sammy on the other hand…

  • Confused

    Didn’t recognise Sammy with all those clothes on.

  • Disagree with Nesbitt re Larne. I mean, has anyone ever been to Lurgan?

  • Ben

    Ah the Ali G bit, classic! Pity he couldn’t get with some of the higher ups….

  • larneman

    “Disagree with Nesbitt re Larne”

    Why what did he say???????
    ffs did you see `something for the weekend`, or even read the BBC online report, Watchhman?

    He didn’t say anything derogatory about my hometown whatsoever.

    You`re not Sammy in disguise are you… or an illegal dumper?

  • Juan Kerr

    Nesbitt seems to be pissing people off north & south of the border with his smart-arse “look at me, I’m-kind-of-famous” attitude. He was on the Podge & Rodge show there a few months back and slagged off Amanda Brunker (WHO??? trust me, you don’t want to know) for having “been around a bit” or something to that effect, his comments again made it into the news as ‘very unchivalrous’ (he’s an ex-lover of hers) or some bullshit.

    I personally couldn’t give a toss, as I’ve never been able to stand the sight of him on TV but the fame and the attention he’s got from women for his ‘charming northern brogue’ seems to have gone to his head a bit. Mind you, the comment he made in his text message about Larne being up in arms again was priceless. But then again the fact that he had to mention that he’d ‘just got off a flight in LA’ is a bit sad. Name-dropping cities? Pathetic.

    At least that’s what I think, sitting here at my fouth-floor open plan office desk overlooking the street life scenes of Dublin, Ireland.

    (Camera pans out slowly)