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Angry social media users call for Jim Davidson to be banned

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Angry social media users have called for Jim Davidson to be banned from Twitter after the unrepentant comic stood by his racist YouTube rant.     

On Monday the comedian, 66, questioned why Diversity performed a routine about the death of George Floyd rather than one about ‘mugging people’.

In a follow-up YouTube video called ‘Now The News Is Me!’, posted today, Davidson said: ‘I cannot be bullied, shut up or kicked off the TV’. 

In Monday’s controversial video he also said ‘the Asian community who have big families are taking no notice’ of coronavirus restrictions and are living in ‘a bubble of 300 in a f****** house’.    

Davidson’s YouTube channel, which boasts 73,500 subscribers, features the comedian’s comments on current affairs. Its oldest video was published five months ago. 

His videos are also posted to Twitter, prompting concerned users to ask whether the platform will ban him.

One wrote: ‘@Twitter you need to ban that neanderthal.’

Diversity took to the Britain's Got Talent stage earlier this month for a raw performance inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement (pictured)

Diversity took to the Britain’s Got Talent stage earlier this month for a raw performance inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement (pictured) 

Another said: ‘Lets see how long it takes for them to ban Jim Davidson . Im not seeing the same energy that was shown against Wiley.’

Some Twitter users revealed they had reported the video for breaching the site’s hate speech guidelines. 

One user wrote: ‘Reported. End of.’

Another said: ‘Racist scum. Reported and blocked.’

One wrote: ‘Reported for racist, aggressive attitudes that belong decades ago.’ 

Twitter’s policy on hate speech asks users to ‘not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race or ethnicity’.

In a follow-up YouTube video called 'Now The News Is Me!', posted today, Jim Davidson (pictured) said: 'I cannot be bullied, shut up or kicked off the TV'

In a follow-up YouTube video called ‘Now The News Is Me!’, posted today, Jim Davidson (pictured) said: ‘I cannot be bullied, shut up or kicked off the TV’

It reads: ‘We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.’

YouTube holds a similar policy on hate speech. Its reads: ‘Hate speech is not allowed on YouTube. 

‘We remove content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on any of the following attributes: Age, Caste, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender Identity and Expression, Nationality, Race, Immigration Status, Religion, Sex/Gender, Sexual Orientation, Victims of a major violent event and their kin, Veteran Status.

‘Don’t post content on YouTube if the purpose of that content is to incite hatred against individuals or groups based on any of the attributes noted above.’ 

In the latest video Davidson insisted he was only spouting ‘facts’ and it was up to others to decide whether they thought the facts were good or bad.

‘Let’s talk about the facts,’ he said. ‘Yes there are a lot of mixed race couples – when I say mixed race I mean one black person one white person – on adverts. 

‘Now is that a good thing or a bad thing, you decide.’   

He said he had received calls from ‘really sensible people’ who supported his video, adding a ‘very very famous television presenter’ told him he was scared of losing his job in the name of diversity.

‘This is the way the world is going and if you make a comment about it then you are racist. I’m not saying I like it or don’t like it,’ he said. 

‘What I am saying now on this fabulous YouTube is that if I have offended anyone then I am absolutely sorry.

The comment's weren't all against Davidson. Underneath his latest video many expressed support for his rants

The comment’s weren’t all against Davidson. Underneath his latest video many expressed support for his rants

‘I am just pointing out what is going on. I have always said I won’t do any more black jokes that’s fine. I won’t take the mickey out of black or Asian members of the audience.’

A video posted to Davidson’s YouTube channel on June 3 was titled ‘Jim Davidson’s opinion on the Black Lives Matter protests’.

In it he wore black and white ‘to show solidarity with what’s gone on in America’.

Some Twitter users (pictured) revealed they had reported the video for breaching the site's hate speech guidelines

Some Twitter users (pictured) revealed they had reported the video for breaching the site’s hate speech guidelines

He said: ‘That George Floyd situation. It’s outrageous. I won’t deal with the way people are protesting we all have to protest in our own way I mean I have my questions about that but I mean it was just outrageous that we’ve seen that picture.’

He went on to add: ‘Whatever I say people are going to say “you’re racist”. I’ve grown up with that the same way people of colour grew up with racism.’ 

MailOnline has contacted YouTube and Twitter for comment. 

Responding to the criticism of his comments on Asian’s suffering from coronavirus because of large households he said: ‘I won’t go on and worry myself too much then that it’s the Asian community who are suffering the most from covid and I won’t encourage them not to mix in such great groups anymore.’ 

He asked his supporters to stand up for him online and denied accusations of racism, saying: ‘It’s not what I stand for, it’s just what I’m saying.

‘I can’t be bullied, I can’t be shut up. I can’t be kicked off the channel because it’s my own channel.’ 

Twitter users were quick to respond to the latest video. Many comments labelled Davidson as a 'has been' and accused him of racism

Twitter users were quick to respond to the latest video. Many comments labelled Davidson as a ‘has been’ and accused him of racism

It comes after furious viewers rushed to Twitter to condemn the comedian’s original YouTube video – titled ‘Who Needs Diversity?’ –  as ‘racist’. 

In the video, the Generation Game host said: ‘Diversity, what the f*** do you want?’

Diversity took to the Britain’s Got Talent stage earlier this month for a raw performance inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Led by dancer Ashley Banjo, the former champions opened the performance by reciting a viral poem The Great Realisation by the singer Tomfoolery, about the BLM movement and police brutality. 

During their performance, the group also narrated the death of George Floyd who died after police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nearly nine minutes.    

In his expletive-laden rant, Davidson adds: ‘You just want to be famous don’t you. You want to be all around the world. That’s why you do it, you don’t give a f*** about George [Floyd].’

He goes on to say: ‘You don’t see white couples on adverts anymore, do you? Most TV presenters are non-white.

‘The Golden Girls, you know that film The Golden Girls with all them old birds? That’s being made by black people.’ 

In Monday’s video Davidson said his friend Gemma’s sister was ‘violently mugged by three black men’. He suggested Diversity ‘do a mugging thing’.  

He went on to say the actions of the BAME community may be connected to an increase in Covid-19 cases in certain parts of England.

He says: ‘We are now going back down the snake because people are not bothering.

‘The BAME community, what the f*** that means. The Asian community who have big families are taking no notice and staying together.

‘They have a bubble of 300 in a f****** house. This is why it is happening in these areas. These areas are predominantly BAME areas.

‘So f****** sort yourselves out, rather than walking around doing knees and protesting. Save your family. Save your next door neighbour.’

Viewers quickly took to social media to condemn his views.

Lorraine King wrote: ‘Archaic, washed-up, unfunny “comedian” complains about black people wanting equality, says too many black people are in adverts and on TV, and rants about black people committing crimes.

‘Jim Davidson is irrelevant so is clearly seeking attention.’

In response to her post, Penelope added: ‘I think the word you’re looking for (missing) is racist.

‘Jim wants to live in the 70s where he could tell his racist jokes to thunderous applause. 

‘He’s always been vile, as are those who support, follow and agree with him.’

Jan Owen added: ‘Comedian Jim Davidson’s attack in a video I just watched on FB is an utter disgrace. 

Viewers quickly took to social media to condemn Davidson's controversial views

Viewers quickly took to social media to condemn Davidson’s controversial views

‘The man is, always has been, and always will be blatantly racist. Shame on him and shame on FB for allowing it on their social media platform!’

But the comment’s weren’t all against Davidson. Underneath his latest video many expressed support for his rants.

Emlyn Webster wrote: ‘I was going to tweet to you this morning but then I thought I’m sure I’ll get hassle but anyway you said it right.’

Another said: ‘Time someone spoke out but noone will listen jim.’ 

Mark Peacock wrote: ‘Some common sense at last well done Jim.’

Paul Dulson said: ‘FFS…keep at it Jim, we need a voice of reason.’

At the start of this year, it was revealed that Davidson was to be grilled by police over claims he told a black train attendant ‘you aren’t welcome in this country’ in a row over the star’s over-60s rail pass, according to a witness.

The comedian admitted he was involved in a row at Euston station in October but insisted the Virgin worker was white and that his comments were ‘sarcastic’.

Author Paul Blanchard saw it unfold and made the complaint about the star’s behaviour – telling police the man was black.

He told The Sun in January: ‘I’ve been asked to provide further statements and the police officer handling the case said they’re pulling Jim in to speak this week.

‘It’s been three months but I’m glad they are doing something’.

Mr Davidson previously admitted to telling the train attendant to ‘f*** off’ but claimed he was a South African white man and had acted in a threatening manner.

Davidson added: ‘I wasn’t racist and the man was white. I’ve spoken to the police and told them what happened.

‘I did say: ”Welcome to our country”, in a sarcastic manner, because I couldn’t help myself.’

But Mr Blanchard insisted the man was black and added: ‘Jim repeatedly used the same kind of dismissive and abusive language.’ 

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