Anyone wondering what prompted the normally relatively sane Megyn Kelly, host of the 9pm ET weekday slot on Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse), to proclaim in the run-up to last Christmas that “Jesus was a white man, too. It's like we have, he's a historical figure that's a verifiable fact” need wonder no longer, after the latest Twitter howler from her ultimate boss.
That's what I think of youse piss-taking bladdy bloggers, ya bladdy Pommie bastards!
Yes, Creepy Uncle Rupe has been let out to interact directly with his adoring public using social media, to the horror of his minions who have still not figured out how to interpose at least one of their number between their increasingly eccentric CEO and the Twitter audience which is ready and waiting for him to open mouth and insert boot – again, on the subject of white men.
Rupe clearly doesn’t understand why portraying Egyptians using white actors should be such a big deal, despite the cinematic world having moved on since the days of Cecil B DeMille: “Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are”. What kind of Egyptians might they be?
We don’t get to find out: instead, Rupe digs himself in deeper in short order, in another revealing Twitter excursion. “Everybody attacks last Tweet. Of course Egyptians are Middle Eastern, but far from black. They treated blacks as slaves”. Er, who said “black”? Are people in Murdoch land either “white” or “black”? No wonder he has problems when talking about the Middle East.
But what he did know was that he was not racist, honestly: “Okay, there are many shades of color. Nothing racist about that, so calm down!” There being “many shades of color” was not what he was being called out for, though, was it? And interesting to see that Rupe appears to think he can give orders to Twitter – he clearly has some way to go understanding it.
Because by now, he was being called out – and laughed at – across social media. What to do? He tried to get his audience to “look over there”: “Change the subject. What chance more decent jobs as Europe, Japan, Russia, India, China all start to head south? Dangerous time”. Yeah, dangerous for his profits.
However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, Rupe is still capable of instilling fear in the minds of politicians, as witness “UK PM speaks today on immigration crisis. His problem – lack of credibility. Anyone listening?” The “crisis” in immigration may be hugely inflated, but the panic in Tory Party ranks at the thought they are losing Murdoch’s support will be all too real.
It’s a strange world where politicians get frightened shitless at the whim of a bloke who shows every sign of not dealing from a full deck.