Rod Liddle and Quentin Letts: Out of Touch and Long in the Tooth

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I do feel sorry for these ageing critics and journalists who are becoming far out of touch with the changing world and try to stay relevant with controversy. Such controversy as Quentin Letts writing that political correctness was the problem in casting Leo Wringer in a RSC production. He questioned that Mr Wringer got the part was because he’s black innit… not because of talent. Such lazy writing would initially feel that he wanted theatre to stay unchanged but it has been changing leaving traditionalists such as Letts to question the system. After social media condemnation soon after the article was published it begs the question if he is the right person to carry on reviewing plays, musicals like Hamilton which are revisionist takes on history are the kind of thing he probably doesn’t understand and making him more out of touch with theatre progression.

Next Up is Rod Liddle who published an article about how black children don’t live with their parents and hence they get shanked and merked or whatever . Is this an article to raise a debate or just another journalistic grenade to get Rod trending on twitter which it inevitable did. It’s not the kid of article that starts a healthy debate and considering it’s in The Times definitely not. The thing is and people pointed out is his own personal life

who published an article about how black children don’t live with their parents and hence they get shanked and merked or whatever . Is this an article to raise a debate or just another journalistic grenade to get Rod trending on twitter which it inevitable did. It’s not the kid of article that starts a healthy debate and considering it’s in The Times probably not. The thing is and people pointed out is his own personal life as a father which is equally questionable (google it!) and you realise that he is not exactly one to be a moral statesman.

Good journalists try to stay relevant but people like the ones above either don’t like change or force a conversation to stay on the map. They fear such things as colour blind casting in Shakespeare plays, putting Hip Hop in historical musicals and well meaning debate.

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