“If my sister wore those I might give her a backhander” Is this the face of Diversity in Thurrock?
Date posted: 24-08-2012
THE HOST of a Diversity concert set for next month has become mired in controversy after posting a series of “sexist” videos on youtube.
MC Fred Smiley is a self-styled cutting edge MC, rapper and comedian who is the front man for a Diversity in Action concert at the Thameside Theatre on Wednesday September 26th.
The concert is run by the Thurrock Racial Unity Support Trust (TRUST).
Most of the videos that Fred Smiley posted on the site appeared to be observations/rants on women.
On one he told women in Grays that ‘Just because I am walking behind you, doesn’t mean I am going to rape you.”
On another, he criticises women who think they are “all that” and uses the word “Bitches” a dozen time in a highly aggressive manner.
On a third video, he criticises women for the type of shorts they wear, observing: “If my sister wore those, I might give her a back-hander.”
YT signposted the videos to the portfolio holder for communities, cllr Lynn Worrall, who assured YT that she would look into this.
We also spoke to the chief executive officer of TRUST, Ruth Juett, who assured us that Fred Smiley would not be appearing at the concert.
However, over the next few days, there were no changes to the poster which still had Smiley headlining the concert.
A twitter account under the name Fred Smiley continued to promote the event and indicated that he was still hosting it.
YT contacted the account and told them that we understood that he would not be performing.
The next tweet made reference to an “evil plan that has failed..we will fight racism in Thurrock.”
We contacted Ms Juett on Thursday night who said: “I am having relevant meetings with councillors next week before a final decision is made.”
The portfolio holder for communities, cllr Worrall told YT that she was not aware of any meeting.
The videos have now been removed.