A race row has erupted by Channel 5 casting a black actress, Jodie Turner-Smith in their new period drama about Anne Boleyn with white folk complaining that it is completely wrong to cast a black actress for a character who was white.
The argument being that there would be an outcry if you were to cast, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, or Martin Luther King as a white person which seems to make sense.
I think they have a very reasonable case, however there is far worst news to come, for some bright spark has come up with the suggestion to replace willow, the traditional wood for cricket bats with bamboo.
No wonder it has caused outrage amongst the world and especially the traditional British cricket community, even though the new bats will be saving the Universe apparently by being more sustainable and all the usual arguments that the greens come up with for ruining everyone’s fun, I find it hard to imagine a few cricket bats making a major saving towards global warming.
This just won’t do, how can we sit around the village green in our deckchairs watching the Sunday match without hearing the traditional crack as the bat makes contact with the ball, “the sound of leather on willow.” No Sir, this will not do, “the sound of leather on bamboo,” is anathema to any right minded cricket spectator.
I did warn in the title of this post that, “there is worse to come,” but let’s hope the idea comes to naught before there is rioting in the streets.