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(Sky.com)   "Legend states that the animal was the only survivor of a shipwreck off the northeast coast of England and because the villagers had never seen a monkey before, they mistook it for a Frenchman and convicted it of being a spy"   (news.sky.com) divider line
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2021-06-08 9:40:32 AM  
They'd never seen a monkey, but they had seen Frenchmen.
 
2021-06-08 9:58:41 AM  
Nice to see a town that embraces the story that "yep, our ancestors were dumb as snot, and I'm not sure we've gotten better"
 
2021-06-08 10:30:09 AM  
Did it eat cheese and surrender?
 
2021-06-08 10:31:08 AM  
But,...the monkey only smelled like shiat, not shiat and cigarette smoke.
 
2021-06-08 10:32:09 AM  
Well, that makes it all better.
 
2021-06-08 10:34:16 AM  

OkieDookie: But,...the monkey only smelled like shiat, not shiat and cigarette smoke.


and when they tried to speak French to it, it would only respond in Monkey
 
2021-06-08 10:35:51 AM  

west.la.lawyer: OkieDookie: But,...the monkey only smelled like shiat, not shiat and cigarette smoke.

and when they tried to speak French to it, it would only respond in Monkey


which was very French and, thus, confusing
 
2021-06-08 10:37:05 AM  
And the mystery of how white people became the dominant race on the planet is no closer to being solved.
 
2021-06-08 10:37:25 AM  
Council leaders in Hartlepool have decided a plaque must be placed on its famous monkey statue to explain its origins in case people are offended by it following the Black Lives Matter protests and scrutiny over statues.

There's a whole lot to unpack here.

I guess their hearts are in the right place?
 
2021-06-08 10:40:00 AM  
"The Daily Telegraph has reported that a sign will be placed on the monument following conclusions in a report from June 2020 that it could be "misused by those with differing agendas to portray Hartlepool as unfriendly towards foreigners"

Maybe I'm getting a bit too cynical in my old age, but this sounds like they're trying to drum up controversy where none exists to get tourists to remember they exist and to show up and spend their money on monkey stuff.
 
2021-06-08 10:43:24 AM  
So they are basically saying BLM means Black Looks Monkeyish to them? That's pretty racist.
 
2021-06-08 10:44:20 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Council leaders in Hartlepool have decided a plaque must be placed on its famous monkey statue to explain its origins in case people are offended by it following the Black Lives Matter protests and scrutiny over statues.

There's a whole lot to unpack here.

I guess their hearts are in the right place?


So, there wasn't any protest over that statue (because it is just a statue of a monkey), but the town council decided that black people may be offended in the future. Is there even a way to reach that decision without being racist?

Is this the equivalent of trying to make Native Americans feel welcome by dressing in feathers, dancing around whooping, and calling everyone "Chief"?
 
2021-06-08 10:48:32 AM  
We are so stupid, hateful, and savage that we viciously murdered an animal after identifying it as a spy is a hell of a preemptive defense to accusations no-one has flung yet.
 
2021-06-08 10:50:19 AM  

Wobambo: We are so stupid, hateful, and savage that we viciously murdered an animal after identifying it as a spy


Well, its better than our normal reason, being hungry.
 
2021-06-08 10:51:21 AM  
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2021-06-08 10:51:53 AM  
Following the Black Lives Matter protests and scrutiny over statues, the council wants to explain the legend of the monkey.

They don't know or care what the statue is for or about, they're just outraged that statues exist.  I mean, they tried to burn a statue of an Elk for some reason.
 
2021-06-08 10:53:08 AM  
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2021-06-08 10:56:52 AM  

abhorrent1: Following the Black Lives Matter protests and scrutiny over statues, the council wants to explain the legend of the monkey.

They don't know or care what the statue is for or about, they're just outraged that statues exist.  I mean, they tried to burn a statue of an Elk for some reason.


Well you've obviously have never been face to face with the cold soulless murdering eyes of an elk
If you had.....
 
2021-06-08 10:59:48 AM  
People might misconstrue the statue as indicating unfriendliness toward foreigners, so we're going to put up a sign that explains it's a monkey that we hung because we thought he was French.

At least now their feelings will be clear.
 
2021-06-08 11:00:25 AM  
Understandable mistake.
 
2021-06-08 11:03:38 AM  

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Bob Newhart joke goes here
 
2021-06-08 11:04:18 AM  
It *commemorates*unfriendliness towards foreigners fer chrissake
 
2021-06-08 11:07:15 AM  

nyclon: It *commemorates*unfriendliness towards foreigners fer chrissake


Well more towards the french really....
And if that's what needs to be done to keep french mimes away I'm all for it
 
2021-06-08 11:10:24 AM  
How could they mistake a monkey for a Frenchman? Now on the other hand...
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2021-06-08 11:10:29 AM  
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2021-06-08 11:12:11 AM  
The statue, at the town's marina, was placed there to represent a tale about a monkey which was mistaken for a French spy in the Napoleonic War and subsequently hanged.

I'd like to know these Baldricks managed to get a limb-ripping face-eating chimp up those 13 steps and be still long enough to get a noose around it's neck.
 
2021-06-08 11:12:24 AM  
Animals used to be put on trial all the time in the Middle Ages. Sometimes, the victims of bestiality were tried along with the perps. For being way too sexy to resist or something.
 
2021-06-08 11:17:46 AM  
The cigar store Indians like Kaw liga cry in disgust.
 
2021-06-08 11:26:44 AM  

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Chris:
How do you know if a Frenchman has been in your backyard?
Teddy:
Hey, I'm French, all right?
Chris:
Your garbage cans are empty and your dog's pregnant.
Teddy:
Didn't I just say I'm French?
 
2021-06-08 11:27:52 AM  
Council leaders in Hartlepool have decided a plaque must be placed on its famous monkey statue to explain its origins in case people are offended by it following the Black Lives Matter protests and scrutiny over statues.

The statue, at the town's marina, was placed there to represent a tale about a monkey which was mistaken for a French spy in the Napoleonic War and subsequently hanged.


So basically, f*ck the French, we don't care if it offends you.
 
2021-06-08 11:30:16 AM  

GameSprocket: HotWingConspiracy: Council leaders in Hartlepool have decided a plaque must be placed on its famous monkey statue to explain its origins in case people are offended by it following the Black Lives Matter protests and scrutiny over statues.

There's a whole lot to unpack here.

I guess their hearts are in the right place?

So, there wasn't any protest over that statue (because it is just a statue of a monkey), but the town council decided that black people may be offended in the future. Is there even a way to reach that decision without being racist?

Is this the equivalent of trying to make Native Americans feel welcome by dressing in feathers, dancing around whooping, and calling everyone "Chief"?


It will be part and parcel of the fact that people from Hartlepool are often known as 'Monkey Hangers', although never to their faces unless you like eating food through a straw.
 
2021-06-08 11:35:24 AM  
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2021-06-08 11:35:32 AM  

I'm no expert but...: GameSprocket: HotWingConspiracy: Council leaders in Hartlepool have decided a plaque must be placed on its famous monkey statue to explain its origins in case people are offended by it following the Black Lives Matter protests and scrutiny over statues.

There's a whole lot to unpack here.

I guess their hearts are in the right place?

So, there wasn't any protest over that statue (because it is just a statue of a monkey), but the town council decided that black people may be offended in the future. Is there even a way to reach that decision without being racist?

Is this the equivalent of trying to make Native Americans feel welcome by dressing in feathers, dancing around whooping, and calling everyone "Chief"?

It will be part and parcel of the fact that people from Hartlepool are often known as 'Monkey Hangers', although never to their faces unless you like eating food through a straw.


Ooooohhhh! Maybe they should worry more about the moniker than the monkey statue.
 
2021-06-08 11:43:08 AM  
Is this the equivalent of trying to make Native Americans feel welcome by dressing in feathers, dancing around whooping, and calling everyone "Chief"?

It will be part and parcel of the fact that people from Hartlepool are often known as 'Monkey Hangers', although never to their faces unless you like eating food through a straw.


My friend Sylvia is from Hartlepool and proudly refers to herself as a monkey hanger.
 
2021-06-08 11:46:13 AM  

pearls before swine: People might misconstrue the statue as indicating unfriendliness toward foreigners, so we're going to put up a sign that explains it's a monkey that we hung because we thought he was French.

At least now their feelings will be clear.


Came here to make a similar observation.
 
2021-06-08 11:47:35 AM  
Lol they thought it was a French dude
 
2021-06-08 11:48:09 AM  
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2021-06-08 11:48:44 AM  

GameSprocket: I'm no expert but...: GameSprocket: HotWingConspiracy: Council leaders in Hartlepool have decided a plaque must be placed on its famous monkey statue to explain its origins in case people are offended by it following the Black Lives Matter protests and scrutiny over statues.

There's a whole lot to unpack here.

I guess their hearts are in the right place?

So, there wasn't any protest over that statue (because it is just a statue of a monkey), but the town council decided that black people may be offended in the future. Is there even a way to reach that decision without being racist?

Is this the equivalent of trying to make Native Americans feel welcome by dressing in feathers, dancing around whooping, and calling everyone "Chief"?

It will be part and parcel of the fact that people from Hartlepool are often known as 'Monkey Hangers', although never to their faces unless you like eating food through a straw.

Ooooohhhh! Maybe they should worry more about the moniker than the monkey statue.


The people of Hartlepool have been claiming Monkey Hanger as their own for a few years now, fewer and fewer are insulted now. The current concern is that, as 'Monkey' and 'Ape' are used by racists towards African and Afro-Caribbean, and the history of the KKK and lynch mobs are fresher in minds these days, it isn't a huge leap to see people getting the wrong end of the stick when talking about 'Monkey Hangers'.
 
2021-06-08 11:58:53 AM  
Monkey, or Chimpanzee?
 
2021-06-08 12:04:34 PM  
So the English got confused because they believe the French are not human.  What else is new?
 
2021-06-08 12:04:36 PM  
I've heard the same story about Port Glasgow, a town on Clydeside.
The adjacent town of Greenock used to taunt Portonians with the chant "Who hung the monkey?".
To which, the Portonians shouted back "Who boiled the Bell?".
 
2021-06-08 12:16:13 PM  

dothemath: And the mystery of how white people became the dominant race on the planet is no closer to being solved.


It's very simple. We are the meanest people on the Earth.
 
2021-06-08 12:45:27 PM  

FlippityFlap: dothemath: And the mystery of how white people became the dominant race on the planet is no closer to being solved.

It's very simple. We are the meanest people on the Earth.


I guess you havent been paying attention to the last 100 years of history between the nations of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

White people dont have any monopoly on viciousness.
 
2021-06-08 12:53:35 PM  

dothemath: FlippityFlap: dothemath: And the mystery of how white people became the dominant race on the planet is no closer to being solved.

It's very simple. We are the meanest people on the Earth.

I guess you havent been paying attention to the last 100 years of history between the nations of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

White people dont have any monopoly on viciousness.


you frontin
You dissin me
West -insert street number here --!
BLAM BLAM BLAM
 
2021-06-08 6:48:33 PM  

dothemath: FlippityFlap: dothemath: And the mystery of how white people became the dominant race on the planet is no closer to being solved.

It's very simple. We are the meanest people on the Earth.

I guess you havent been paying attention to the last 100 years of history between the nations of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

White people dont have any monopoly on viciousness.


True, but as an art-form we are the undisputed masters at it.
 
2021-06-08 7:38:13 PM  
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