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WAWIBF... Bum Gravy

11 February 2007

Michael Barrymore - still 'one of Britain's best-loved entertainers', according to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, where last week he played the title role in 'Scrooge' - was back in the news this week. Not because of his acting talents however, but because of a pie. Barrymore Pie. As sold by a West Midlands company called Mad O'Rourke's Pie Factory.

Mad O'Rourke's Pie Factory make 'mad pies'. They make a pie called Hen Pecked Pie, for example. And another called Wham Bam, Thank You Lamb! Which comes complete with an exclamation mark. Mad! However, of all their mad pies, only Barrymore Pie - with faggots swimming in gravy - makes light of the suspicious death of Stuart Lubbock, found floating in Barrymore's pool in 2001 with outrageous injuries to the rectum. Mmmm. Pie.

The pie has been on sale for six years, but only this week was Peter Tatchell made aware of it. 'Any slur against a minority community is objectionable,' said Tatchell. 'Faggot is the equivalent of the word nigger and Paki when used to deride black and Asian people. Homophobic and racial slurs have got no place in a civilised society.'


On the one hand of course, he has a point. However, on the other hand... for fuck's sake, Peter, it's just a joke. An utterly infantile joke for sure, and one that even Les Dennis at his height might have baulked at. But the owner of the pie factory, Peter Towler, is hardly Robert Mugabe.

Tatchell would argue however, that although it may be a joke, it is not a harmless joke. It is a joke which spreads hate.

It's not though.

If it had been called Lubbock Pie, it would have been proper bad taste. Or if Towler sold Dead Ipswich Whore d'oeuvres maybe, or... what else? Dachau l'orange? Soham Sandwiches? Terrormisu? Suicide of Beef? Eggs Hillsborough?

One person who most probably doesn't find the pie amusing is Terry Lubbock, who followed Barrymore to Edinburgh last week and protested the death of his son outside the Festival Theatre. But if he hasn't complained, then Peter Tatchell's surely got no right to. Not even a gay right. But you know, as Stuart Lubbock tragically never got the chance to find out, life's too short. So bollocks to Tatchell. He can shove it up his arse.

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