Can't believe no-ones done this one! A Monday morning special, if ever there was one!
Personally, being brown of skin myself, I think he's just an idiot, rather than an out-and-out xenophobe. A very poor choice of word, to refer to a Pakistani or Asian person. But I don't beleive he meant any serious malice by it. I've been called this by ignorant people, who've meant no harm. I just explain that I am not comfortable with this word, and they've apologised. People can be educated. I've also been called this, and worse, by nasty, vile racist ****. I don't let their ignorance and bigotry get to me. I just feel sorry for them, poor pig-sh1t thick dickheads.
So, public school education, university etc can't make up for actually mixing with real people, in the real world, then. I feel sorry for Harry, as he's always had to live a pretty sheltered life, and mixed only with other upper-class twits. Mind, you'd think that all that taxpayers money would have taught him that you can't really refer to someone of Asian or Pakistani origin, as a Paki. The word just has too many negative connotations, as does the word Nigger, towards black people, or a plethora of other terms.
It's not the word that hurts, it's the intent. I don't think Harry intended to hurt anyone, really.
I liked this bit:
Although he did not think Prince Harry was a racist, Labour MP Keith Vaz told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he should spend more time with his father, who had "shown how much can be done to build relations between communities".
Funny, I didn't know James Hewitt worked in Public Relations...
The excuses, I find more distasteful.
He said he regarded "Paki as an abbreviation" and the prince, in his mind, had "not crossed the line".
Just admit that the incident was a stupid mistake, the use of this word, in this context, was ill-judged and unacceptable, acknowledge the apology, and move on. not being funny, but who tf is this bloke to decide what is and isn't acceptable, to a Pakistani person? Not for you to decide, mate, sorry. Just keep your mouth shut. And let those who are affected by such use of language, decide.
What think the STW collective?