The pattern is well established: it begins with a harmless bit of fun which comes to the attention of some sort forever seeking to be outraged.
Soon enough, a hysterical message makes it on to social media. This is followed by a gaggle of intellectually stunted keyboard warriors chiming in with their own outbursts of rage and pitiful claims to being offended.
Intoxicated by their sanctimony and wholly unjustified sense of self-worth, the child warriors call for action in the form of protests or boycotts or worse.
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And finally, in a nod to the good old days of the Soviet Union, the offender is forced to issue some sort of snivelling apology in which he or she recants and acknowledges the offence caused.
This, sadly, is the story for the nightspot in St George’s Place, which recently reopened as the Tokyo Tea Rooms with a couple of Geisha girls thrown in for good measure.
The fact that they were white women in costume infuriated a handful – A HANDFUL – of student union officials from Canterbury’s universities who dubbed it “cultural appropriation”, a recently synthesized social crime which involves borrowing from a culture which is not one’s own.
This story is critical for two things it tells us: firstly, that the perpetually aggrieved, outraged and angry will always look for reasons to broadcast the resentment which festers within them. If you so loathe the society or world in which you live, then you must always search for ways to confirm that your contempt for it is justified.
Secondly, and far more critically, the Tokyo Tea Rooms farrago highlights just how pathologically obsessed with race some sections of society have become.
Such people define everything according to its racial implications. This type of thinking is a product of aggressive multiculturalism, a 21st century liberal version of Apartheid.
According to this poisonous dogma, racial, ethnic and cultural lines are absolute and must not be blurred or crossed – just as envisaged by the Afrikaner architect of Apartheid, Dr Hendrik Verwoerd.
For a new variety of this system of division and racial animosity to rear its head in 21st century Britain is morally reprehensible and intellectually backward.
Thankfully, the efforts of the student activists to spread resentment and antagonism with their verbal assaults on Tokyo Tea Rooms have been met with a united front from the people of Canterbury who have told them in no uncertain terms: “Get a life.”
Amen to that.