Twitter Race Row as Dancing on Ice Judge Is Robbed at Knifepoint

John Bingham, Telegraph (London), November 15, 2011

Jason Gardiner, the choreographer and television fashion expert, was walking along Stockwell Road, south London, at about 7.30pm on Sunday when he was accosted by two youths wearing hooded tops.

They held a knife to his throat, threatened to kill him and ordered him to hand over his mobile phone before making off, he has told police.

The 40-year-old Australian, who is said to have been deeply shaken by the experience, posted a message on Twitter, where he has more than 83,000 followers, later in the evening explaining what had happened to him.

“Tonight I was mugged by two hooded black youths in Stockwell who held a knife to my throat and threatened to kill me, all for an iPhone,” he wrote.

A few moments later he added: “Apart from being shaken I’m fine! I’m saddened more than anything and disgusted with where our society is heading.”

But his description was criticised by some. Lee McVeigh, 25, from Brighton, wrote: “Not really necessary to drop in the fact they were black . . . ”

Mr Gardiner, who offers daily fashion advice on the ITV programme This Morning, was quickly drawn into the debate, tweeting: “Yes it is. It’s not racist, it’s a vital fact in case anyone can help and report them to the police.”

The explanation was ridiculed by some. Mr McVeigh wrote: “Everyone look out for two hooded black youths in Stockwell with an iPhone–not much of a description.”

But a string of others rushed to his defence. One wrote: “How can the race card be used when someone was mugged? Seriously!”

Vicky Entwistle, the Coronation Street actress, posted a message offering her sympathy: “Hope you are OK Darling, sending you a big hug,” she wrote.

A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed that police are investigating a robbery on a 40-year-old man on Stockwell Road on Sunday evening. No one has been arrested.

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  • Anonymous

    Learn to defend yourself against these thugs.

    “Don’t let anybody fool you, a karateman’s got nothin’ on a wrestler.” Bill (Superfoot) Wallace to this writer, early 1980s.

    Bill Wallace was a wrestler, judoka, and karateka and world full contact karate champion.

    “Wrestling beats striking, chin na {jointlocking etc.} beats wrestling, striking beats chin na.” Chinese martial arts saying.

    Learn to defend yourself with empty hands, sticks, knives, and guns. Learn:

    -yawara stick

    -11″ or 12′” short hapkido stick

    -baton

    -hanbo 4′ staff

    -rokushakubo 6′ staff

    -telescoping baton

    -police side handle baton

    A good grappler with just a good straight blast (JKD style vertical fist punch) has everything he needs. Add a front kick, a Thai style Roundhouse kick, a shin thrust kick, some knees & elbows and a few defensive maneuvers and you have a very versatile and effective self-defense practitioner.

  • Anonymous

    Stockwell is a heavily black area or London, so its no surprise the muggers were black. Question is, what would a rich white man be doing in that area anyways? Either to buy drugs, or seeing as he is a homosexual…..to buy young men. Stockwell is know for 3 things: Blacks, Drugs and Homosexual prostitution.

  • Anonymous

    “It wasn’t necessary to mention the muggers were black..”

    It wasn’t necessary for the two blacks to mug him.

  • Tim

    The explanation was ridiculed by some. Mr McVeigh wrote: “Everyone look out for two hooded black youths in Stockwell with an iPhone—not much of a description.”

    Well really, McVeigh’s insinuation was just as foolish, was it not? “Oh, dear, this guy mentioned the race of his attackers. That means the entire black race will be unfairly smeared in the minds of his readers!!!”

    Really pretty foolish, the thinking of the liberals, when you get right down to it.

  • Anonymous

    Lee McVeigh,25, from Brighton, wrote: “Not really necessary to drop in the fact they were black…”

    Well, it does go without saying in most cases. Maybe that’s what the PC-conditioned Lee is trying to communicate. Let’s be real Lee, description is everything in apprehension of a criminal. If you lost your Poodle, are you not going to state the description as a Poodle with all it’s physical attributes?

  • A Swain

    We can be sure, however, that the McVeigh Political Correctness mouthpiece wouldn’t have uttered a word had the hoodlums been White.

    What a nasty hypocrite!

  • Detroit WASP

    I am often critical of writers in our local papers concerning this issue. I post it on their online boards along with many other angry people who realize that this is just more PC stuff.

    You should DEMAND to know what the criminal looked like.

    Here is an example of ONE local news cast. The robbers were black.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGnhe-svJe8

    Thank god for YouTube and security cameras otherwise a lot more people would be fooled.

  • MAJ

    The liberal fear over describing the attackers as black is not rooted in equality but in knowing full well that blacks are most likely to commit crimes.

    By running around proclaiming equality but in finding – over and over – that crime statistics (much less academic skills and intelligence) are not equal, well, that makes them question their central beliefs and tenets.

    It is too much to bear.

  • paul rim

    95%+ of muggings in London are carried out by blacks, the police used to tell us that before hyper PC. Its so taken for granted so to remind us they were black seemed odd. The truth is your now safer in Soweto!

  • Vinny

    I have to agree with this post, WHITES ROBBED BY blacks should NOT be able to tell the race of their attacker.

    Heck it would make it look as it blacks being only 13% of the population are well over half of the prison population and we all know that couldn’t be true. Or could it?

  • Bob

    I’m sorry, I have to agree with Lee McVeigh, 25, from Brighton. Jason Gardiner had no need to mention the race of his attackers. If it’s ever not specifically pointed out that the criminal was white — It was a black/ hispanic/ muslim youth.

  • Roy

    Presumably if you’re raped by a male it’s sexist to state that the rapist was male. By stating that they were black instantly eliminates a large part of the population making the police’s job easier to cathc them. This makes society safer.

    Someone needs to drop this creep in notorious part of a black neighbourhood and neglect to tell him that the residents are black, because it’s “unnecesary”.

  • Sarah

    Lee McVeigh, 25, from Brighton, wrote: “Not really necessary to drop in the fact they were black … “ Mr. McVeigh is correct in believing that the muggers were, and always are, black. Hence, not necessary to drop in the fact they were black.

  • lowly

    Re:

    8 — MAJ wrote at 8:33 PM on December 1:

    The liberal fear over describing the attackers as black is not rooted in equality but in knowing full well that blacks are most likely to commit crimes.

    By running around proclaiming equality but in finding – over and over – that crime statistics (much less academic skills and intelligence) are not equal, well, that makes them question their central beliefs and tenets.

    It is too much to bear.

    I always thought that was just a conflict in reasoning. What I’ve seen on a couple of occasions now is that it’s much more than that.

    Liberals actually go into a sort of spasm, where they look like they’re choking. Blood flushes the face, and they go rigid. They seem to have difficulty thinking and talking. They’re totally overcome by a, physically expressed, emotional experience, and from the contortions of their faces it’s easy to tell that they’re highly uncomfortable. Difficult for me to fathom, as I’ve never had anything like it happen to me.

  • John Engelman

    I am sure there are whites who mug blacks.You could probably fit all of them in my living room, and still have room for a bearded lady and a man with two heads.

  • John Engelman

    When I read that a twelve year old girl won a spelling contest I am 100 percent sure that she did not belong to a certain race.

    When I read that two “teens” beat someone up before robbing him I very strongly suspect that those “teens” did belong to that certain race.

    No. I do not think it is our fault they are that way.

  • BerekHalfhand

    #2

    “Question is, what would a rich white man be doing in that area anyways? Either to buy drugs, or seeing as he is a homosexual…..to buy young men.”

    Not necessarily. Like a lot of heavily black areas of London it also has a high proportion of deluded white liberals.

  • Thor

    Don’t forget the collar bone. Easy to break and virtually incapacitates.

  • white is right, black is whack

    Lesson to be learned: Whites must not give up their firearms. The Brits did, so did the Aussies, and most of Europe except for the Swiss. White Americans must not fall into the same trap. The reason blacks and muslims and other enemies of whites and the West have not called for an all-out race war publically is because a majority of whites have guns, are trained to use them, a majority of gunowners in the US won’t give them up without blowing away the people trying to take them, and there are a growing number of white women who are carrying firearms and using them well. I see them at the gun ranges, too.

  • Tough Guy

    It is not only racist, but “ageist” as well. Why is it necessary to state they were “youths?!” I think this is a disgusting effort to paint all youths as criminals and we should never use such ugly stereotypes. I think is is also “speciest.” Animals do some vicious things two. The proper way to report this is to state “I was mugged” as in “a conservative is just a former liberal who got mugged by reality.”

  • sbuffalonative

    “Everyone look out for two hooded black youths in Stockwell with an iPhone — not much of a description.”

    On the contrary. If the description had been only ‘two hooded youths’, that would have called everyone of every race into question. Is it fair to whites to have them under suspicion for the action of blacks?

    The race description is valid and appropriate. It lets people know that the muggers were BLACK and that people should be suspicious of BLACK men who might be muggers.

    If it’s unfair to call attention to the muggers being black, it’s equally unfair that the muggers WERE black and that THEY are guilty of perpetuating racial stereotypes.

  • RegvlvsSeradly

    “Lee McVeigh, 25, from Brighton, wrote: “Not really necessary to drop in the fact they were black … “

    Why not? Did it make the statement at all untrue?

    Of course, just saying one was attacked by “youths” is enough to convey their blackness.

  • GenX ANZAC

    According to the Daily Mail, the mugging victim in this story has been fired from his job as a judge on this “dancing on ice” show.

    http://goo.gl/NN4PF

    I’m sure that the timing is just coincidental.

  • Whitey

    The comment questioning why a ‘rich White man’ was in Stockwell is following a dangerous trajectory. Yes it has a lot of blacks but, like Brixton, is not majority black. We do not yet have a ‘Harlem’ situation in the UK. In the US there a many large urban areas which are more or less exclusively ‘black’. We are not there, yet. I would argue that it should not be allowed to happen – with the phenomenon comes dramatic increases in crime. We must have zero tolerance for no-go areas. The poor guy probably lives in Stockwell!