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Started by Agaliarept on Jul 10, 2019 12:29:34 PM
Children's TV legend Johnny Ball stuns maths audience with climate change denial

He's also denied making an Islamophobic remark

A Bristol festival and venue are investigating after a talk by children’s TV legend Johnny Ball turned into ‘a sh**show’ when he began ranting about climate change and made allegedly racist comments.

Mr Ball said he regretted including a section on climate change in his talk about maths, but said he felt compelled to.

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/johnny-ball-climate-change-islamophobia-3073113

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Agaliarept - 10 Jul 2019 12:29:49 (#1 of 107)

I forget, is johnny already cancelled?

xDiggy - 10 Jul 2019 12:30:01 (#2 of 107)

I thought he was dead!

CaptainBlack - 10 Jul 2019 12:30:53 (#3 of 107)

I still haven't forgiven him for Zoe.

Arjuna - 10 Jul 2019 12:35:28 (#4 of 107)

I thought he was dead

Tomnoddy - 10 Jul 2019 12:38:50 (#5 of 107)

Zoe's OK. I've never forgiven him for maths.

HouseOfLametta - 10 Jul 2019 12:39:38 (#6 of 107)

Mad old brexity cunt.

Ebadlun - 10 Jul 2019 12:41:17 (#7 of 107)

Brian Cant is the dead one.

machiavelli - 10 Jul 2019 12:47:21 (#8 of 107)

The comment about Islam being ‘violent’ was a ‘throwaway’ casually racist comment

Cobblers. "Islam is violent" is an opinion on a religion. "Muslims are violent" would be a gross generalisation about adherents of a religion. To call what he said racism is idiocy.

However, I'd have kept it buttoned during a presentation on maths if I was him. People didn't go to see him rant on about his personal political views.

solomongursky - 10 Jul 2019 12:47:45 (#9 of 107)

“The comment about Islam being violent was within the section about the history of maths, and it was a throwaway line which I didn’t quite catch, but it was either that Islam was violent then, or is a violent religion now."

Bit weird. So he said something like "Muslims invented zero but they're violent"

HouseOfLametta - 10 Jul 2019 12:48:16 (#10 of 107)

"Muslims are violent" would be a gross generalisation about adherents of a religion. To call what he said racism is idiocy

Horseshit.

FrankieTeardrop - 10 Jul 2019 12:52:47 (#11 of 107)

Scientologists are barmy.

solomongursky - 10 Jul 2019 12:54:13 (#12 of 107)

He did a German accent when he mentioned Islam.

Nope, me neither.

mememe - 10 Jul 2019 13:00:13 (#13 of 107)

I'm just hoping Craven doesn't turn out to be a cunt, a fascist or a fiddler. That's all we've got now.

dottie30 - 10 Jul 2019 13:01:38 (#14 of 107)

You are forgetting Floella Benjamin. She'll keep our childhood memories pure.

machiavelli - 10 Jul 2019 13:03:27 (#15 of 107)

As a kid, I found Ball somewhat irritating. He obviously passed the gene on.

FrankieTeardrop - 10 Jul 2019 13:11:29 (#16 of 107)

"You are forgetting Floella Benjamin. She'll keep our childhood memories pure."

She was interviewed on Radio 4 a few months ago. Lovely person.

bossab2 - 10 Jul 2019 13:21:23 (#17 of 107)

The Crusades were fairly violent as well.

machiavelli - 10 Jul 2019 13:38:26 (#18 of 107)

She was interviewed on Radio 4 a few months ago. Lovely person.

Thank fuck. With half of my childhood presenters locked up for noncery, I need at least one to be clean as a whistle.

HouseOfLametta - 10 Jul 2019 13:40:00 (#19 of 107)

Not Sally James, though.

machiavelli - 10 Jul 2019 13:47:00 (#20 of 107)

Ahem!

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