Black political commentator Calvin Robinson reports comedian Nish Kumar for racism over his Boris Johnson tweet about how he ‘loves to see a rich white man brought down by Asians’
- Kumar tweeted after resignations of Rishi Sunak and Heath Secretary Sajid Javid
- His tweet generated more than 30,000 likes but also attracted wave of criticism
- Robinson, an Anglican deacon, replied to the tweet saying: ‘Reported for racism’
A political commentator said he has reported the comedian Nish Kumar ‘for racism’ after his tweet about Boris Johnson where he said he ‘loves to see a rich white man brought down by Asians’.
The 36-year-old took to Twitter to share his views after the resignations of Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Heath Secretary Sajid Javid last night – leaving the Prime Minister barely clinging on.
He wrote: ‘Balancing out the fact that I can’t stand Javid or Sunak with the fact that I love to see a rich white man brought down by Asians.’
Although the tweet has generated more than 30,000 likes it also attracted a wave of criticism. Robinson, an Anglican deacon, replied to the message saying: ‘Reported for racism.’
Conservative political commentator Calvin Robinson has clashed with comedian Nish Kumar over comments he made about Boris Johnson
Kumar wrote: ‘Balancing out the fact that I can’t stand Javid or Sunak with the fact that I love to see a rich white man brought down by Asians.’ Robinson, an Anglican deacon, replied: ‘Reported for racism’
Other users also hit out at Kumar’s comment, with one writing: ‘Why do you have to make it about race?’
It was also noted that Mr Sunak and Mr Javid are two of the richest members of Parliament, with far more money than Mr Johnson.
Meanwhile, Richard Krawiec took a wry perspective on the dispute, writing of Kumar’s tweet: ‘I’ve reported it for not being funny.’
Kumar’s stand-up routine often centres on political matters and he is no stranger to controversy.
Last year his show, the Mash Report, was axed by the BBC after claims of left-wing bias.
The broadcaster said it was ‘very proud’ of the programme but will be axing it ‘in order to make room for new comedy shows’.
Kumar hit back at the broadcaster’s decision to cancel the programme, posting a picture of himself in front of the words ‘Boris Johnson is a liar and a racist’.
His stand-up routine often centres on political matters and he is no stranger to controversy.
He previously had to apologised for giving a platform on The Mash Report to Steve Topple, a ‘left-wing journalist who promoted antisemitic conspiracy theories’.
After the incident, Kumar promised to be ‘more judicious in future’.
Kumar is well known for his strident political views. His show, the Mash Report, was axed by the BBC last year after claims of left-wing bias
Kumar is well known for his strident political views. Last year his show, the Mash Report, was axed by the BBC after claims of left-wing bias. Kumar hit back at the broadcaster’s decision to cancel the programme, posting a picture of himself in front of the words ‘Boris Johnson is a liar and a racist’
History of racial jibes against Cabinet ministers
Members of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet who are from Asian backgrounds have long complained about being singled out for abuse by the Left.
Priti Patel and Sajid Javid have both been described as ‘coconuts- brown on the outside, white on the inside’.
In 2020, the Guardian’s cartoonist Steve Bell was heavily criticised for his ‘racist’ cartoon of Priti Patel as a bull with a ring around her nose. Ms Patel was raised as a Hindu.
Meanwhile, comedian Leila Navabi landed in trouble after she said Rishi Sunak did not represent most brown people and suggested he resembled ‘Prince Charles in brownface’.
In 2019. the comedian was booed off stage and pelted with a bread roll at the Lord’s Taverners’ Christmas lunch after the audience reacted against his ‘lefty Remain rants’.
In staggering scenes at Park Lane’s Grosvenor House, Kumar was widely heckled and saw his set cut short after sections of the audience failed to take kindly to his left-wing views on politics and politicians.
The charity, which helps give vulnerable children a start in life through sport, had promoted Kumar as ‘undoubtedly the UK’s hottest comedian’ before the event, which cost £149 a head for members.
His routine started innocuously enough. He began with a joke about himself either looking like a terrorist or a Brazilian, depending on the angle.
But stunned witnesses said the stand-up was then met with boos, jeers and calls for him to leave when he shared his observations on a number of issues, including Brexit.
The booing started when he shared his scathing views of Boris Johnson and then on imperial British rule.
There was praise for one politician though, as he lauded former Speaker John Bercow – who was in the audience – before launching into an anti-Brexit rant and demanding a second referendum.
Kumar has previously said ‘the architects of Brexit are a cocktail of lying racists and buffoons’.
Meanwhile, at Westminster today, Mr Johnson vowed to ‘hang on in’ and ‘keep going as PM’ after a further flood of resignations today.
Prisons minister Victoria Atkins, City minister John Glen, schools minister Robin Walker, and children’s minister Will Quince all turned the screw by walking out just before the PMQs session.
And even as he spoke Environment minister Jo Churchill was tweeting that she had quit.
Ms Atkins laid into the government’s ‘fracture values’, while Mr Glen said he had a ‘complete lack of confidence’ in the premier and Mr Walker slammed ‘mistakes and questions about integrity’.
Senior backbenchers Robert Halfon and Chris Skidmore, as well as Red Wall MP Lee Anderson have also broken cover to say they have lost confidence in Mr Johnson.
But despite fears of massive damage to the Conservative brand Mr Johnson is showing no signs of conceding, apparently responding ‘f*** that’ when asked by aides about the possibility.
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