Boris Johnson Avoids Questions About Burkas By Offering People Cups Of Tea Says Ladbible
Boris Johnson was asked whether he would apologize for the unacceptable comments he made by comparing Muslim women wearing burkas by letterboxes and bank robbers. The former foreign Secretary tried to ignore all the questions made by the journalists by saying, “I have nothing to say about this matter except to offer you some tea.”
He wasn’t even joking when he said that. As he offered them tea, he went in and came out with a tray of mugs, milk and sugar.
The unethical comments the reporters were referring to were the ones he wrote in a column of the Daily Telegraph which said, “If you tell me that the burqa is oppressive, then I am with you.
“If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree – and I would add that I can find no scriptural authority for the practice in the Koran.
“I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes; and I thoroughly dislike any attempt by any – invariably male – government to encourage such demonstrations of ‘modesty’.”
This might sound offensive for most of us, but many people agreed with him.
In a letter which was basically written to The Times, 63-year-old Atkinson wrote: “As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.
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“All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologizing for them. You should really only apologize for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.”
This isn’t the first time when Boris Johnson had offended people with his rude comments, even when he could have avoided them. He has always been careless when it comes to thinking and then speaking. He has a dense history of his provocative comments.
When he was in Myanmar on an official business as the Foreign Secretary, he started reading out loud a racist, colonial-era poem, even though the British ambassador standing next to him advised him not to do so. In a column of his, he called out the black people as ‘flag-waving piccaninnies‘ with ‘watermelon smiles‘.