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Title: Think Things Cant Get Worse In America? A British Guy Just Got Convicted For Making A Joke In A Private Groupchat
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Published: Nov 8, 2023
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Post Date: 2023-11-08 08:30:57 by Horse
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Michael Chadwell, 62, was convicted on Monday of sending a “grossly offensive racist message” in a group chat that included five other former police officers, according to Metro UK. It was a private WhatsApp group chat, where the men sent each other whatever they wanted because it was private and they weren’t planning any terrorist activities against others. In fact, Chadwell served in the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command and Counter Terrorism Command.

But apparently sending a joke about parrots was enough for Chadwell to be convicted based on a relative construct. An image sent by Chadwell, along with an image of multicolored parrots, read: “‘Why do we cherish the variety of colour in every species… but our own?’ – underneath which a comment in response said ‘because I have never had a bike stolen out of my front yard by a parrot’.”

Is the joke funny? No. Is it racist? It definitely is given the context. But does it warrant potentially five men’s lives being ruined? Absolutely not. And definitely not under any type of free speech concept Britain pretends to still have.

Chadwell unfortunately tried to defend the joke as not “racist,” when he probably should have focused on the fact he sent a private message via a Meta-owned company and exercised his right to free speech.

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#1. To: Horse (#0)

First, the visual imagery of a parrot stealing a bicycle is actually pretty funny. The context, also funny. Having lived among people who are not the same color as me, having been the victim of racial violence, and racially motivated theft, I can definitely see the humor in the meme.

So, that said, yeah, this is outrageous that it is a crime to speak one’s mind, or to laugh at something other people might find offensive.

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TommyTheMadArtist  posted on  2023-11-08   9:21:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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