Stacey Dooley the documentary maker was, to put it bluntly, irritating. “Why’s my hometown becoming so divided?” she chirped at the programme’s outset. Perhaps I am being a little unfair in my evaluation of Dooley, so let me flesh out her character a little more, for she is more than just irritating: she is also ignorant, naïve and deferential towards Muslims and Islam. She appears to be one of those people who is so open-minded that her brains fall out, as Richard Dawkins might put it; someone ripe for conversion to Islam. Then again, this young woman is the product of a politically correct education system, so her lack of awareness vis-à-vis the fundamentals of Islam can be comprehended, if not forgiven. In sum, she’s as dense as a pig of lead, and thus perfect for presenting a piece celebrating Luton’s “diversity” on BBC3.
The first person she stated she wished to interview was EDL leader Stephen Lennon, whom, it transpired, she had vaguely known years before as the two of them had grown up in the same area of town. Upon his non-arrival for an interview at a local radio station she gave vent to some disparaging remarks about him, whilst savouring the opportunity to speak to the oleaginous Inayat Bunglawala who unfortunately proved to be on hand to extol the virtues of Islam. Dooley, Bunglawala and a local Muslim politician had something of a “love in”, with the latter commenting with respect to the EDL: “They’re not a nice bunch of people”. Not as “nice” as all of those devout lovers of Shariah, needless to say.
Dooley next headed to Lennon’s tanning salon, but sign of Lennon there was none. The reason for his absence and non-attendance at the radio station was, it transpired, that he had been arrested whilst protesting.
The next section of Dooley’s attempt to legitimise the Islamic presence in Luton consisted of a potted and incomplete history of the Muslim settlement of the town, which she attributed to the demand for labour in the Vauxhall Cars factory which closed in 2000. The area in which they chose to settle, as every Lutonian knows, was Bury Park, which now hosts a population of 30,000 “Asians” who happen to be predominantly Muslim. Dooley commented that she had never shopped there and that “it’s really interesting” as “you could easily mistake it for not being an English town”. Her squeals of delight were difficult to suppress, as she revelled in revealing that there are now circa (not the word she chose to use) 30 mosques in Luton.
Dooley’s next encounter was with a group of Lutonian Muslims, yelling the usual anti-British slogans and curses involving death, hell and sundry other unpleasantries. This was, apparently, a demonstration in “defence” of the wife of a Muslim resident who had bombed Stockholm. “I found their chanting provocative and extreme” said Dooley, enjoying the frisson occasioned by the slogan ‘British police burn in hell!’ All was not sweetness and light however, for even Dooley’s dimwittedness gave way before some burka-clad harridan’s injunction for the reporter to “put some clothes on” to cover up her nakedness: “I tried my hardest to sympathise with people who were different to me”, stated Dooley, but her patience was momentarily wearing thin. “One of the saddest things, is that people have brought their kids along” she continued.
The next interviewee was to be Islamist windbag Anjem Choudhary, whose speech bore in its cadence a startling resemblance to that of Nick Griffin’s: “If the law of the land is Islamic, we’ll respect it” he enunciated, in his typically self-assured manner. Still, Dooley was undaunted in leaping to the defence of Luton’s Islamic population: “Of the 30,000 Muslims living in Luton, there are less than a hundred at this rally.” Furthermore, although she ventured to comment, “I do feel shocked at this protest,” she was quick to emphasise her belief that it was not representative of the views of Muslims in Luton.
As was to be expected in a BBC ‘documentary’ of this type, the presenter paid a visit to her old school in an attempt to track down some of her old schoolmates. Strangely, she appeared to be unawares of the existence of the data protection act, so quite naturally her old teachers could not provide her with contact details of other ex-pupils. Sadly, one of them was an English girl who had converted to Islam, for which the school must be assumed to bear a considerable degree of culpability. In order to demonstrate her multicultural credentials, Dooley revealed that she had had a Muslim classmate named Amara, “what I would call a moderate Muslim.” Well, she so wished to seek her out because, after all, “Sometimes, Islam gets a rough old time.” How touchingly naïve of her to say so.
Unfortunately, Amara was duly tracked down, and when asked about the likes of Choudhary and Sayful Islam provided a typically slippery Muslim response which basically told us that she concurred with their views, but she’d prefer to deceive us on camera, describing them as “Not bad people, but people with different views.” So, this self-styled “moderate Muslim” turned out to be just as “moderate” as one would anticipate.
Having thus ‘established’ that other than the hundred or so slogan-chanting bomb enthusiasts all of Lutons Muslims were “moderates” it was time to rubbish the EDL by describing them as “extremists”: “Many believe they’re a violent racist organisation that recruit from football terraces.” Really? And what do you believe Dooley? There wasn’t much insinuation at play there, was there?
Next on the list of interviewees was leading EDL spokesman Kev Carroll: “I’m not aggressive, I’m just passionate, you know?” He singles out the “Islamic community” as alone amongst immigrant groups to who have not made any effort to integrate, unlike Sikhs, Chinese and blacks. Dooley though clearly thought that he was “extreme”, most likely because he didn’t have a holy book to back up his beliefs. If you have a holy back upon which to base your bigotry, then for Dooley this is entirely legitimate, as was evidenced by her total lack of awareness of the theory and reality of Shariah Law. After all, as Caroll indicated, the penalty for adultery is stoning. However, not to be dissuaded from trying to understand and empathise with the advocates of Shariah, Dooley spoke to a Shariah apologist who claimed that stoning was not really a punishment because there were supposed to be four witnesses to such a crime and there rarely were, so in practice people were not stoned for the crime. Did he believe with it in principle. Well, yes, as all Muslims want Shariah. Dooley proved to be blithely accepting of Omar’s explanation and naturally designated him a “moderate”. With such “moderates”, who needs “extremists”?
Dooley continued: “The problem with Luton, is although the central mosque preaches peace, down the road it’s a different story.” Down the road she happened upon Sayful Islam, a former member of Al-Mahajiroun who last year assaulted Stephen Lennon/Tommy Robinson, but he would not condescend to speak to her, claiming that he was busy. Thus, Dooley decided to speak to two others of his ilk who refused to shake her hand. They claimed that women in the UK are “degraded” and “humiliated”. They don’t believe in democracy and secularism and predictably claimed that “Islam is the real solution”. One implied that he supported Al-Qaeda, and eventually Dooley’s even chirpy, sugary idiocy dissolved: “That makes me feel that we’re always gonna have issues in Luton.” She suspected that they, and their kind, “would encourage and applaud others” who carried out acts of terrorism. Yes Dooley, that is how it is. You are not very quick on the uptake, are you girl?
At the central mosque, interviewees claimed that the extremists were loudmouths who were “cowardly”, because although they called for people to go and fight the Americans, they would not go themselves. “It saddens me that young vulnerable Lutonians are being groomed by the radicals” Dooley opined with respect to the malign influence of these Islamist poltroons.
Strangely, she described the call to prayer as a sign of “how diverse” Luton had become. How could this be “diverse”, given that it is a supremacist expression of confident Muslim monoculturalism. She then insisted on smiling at a couple of niqab-clad droids. They were, unsurprisingly, a couple of hostile individuals, who wore this garb as a deliberate statement of their rejection of the host society and its cultural norms. Dooley even went so far as to don full Islamic dress, niqab included: “I do feel so different in this. I feel like people are staring a little bit.” Someone told her to take her mask off: “Why do people think that they can dictate what you wear?”
At last, the final ten minutes of the programme finally brought the much-sought-for interview with Stephen Lennon, who claimed that the EDL had put Luton on the map for a positive reason: “I love Luton, and I want what’s best for Luton.” Dooley, as befitting her lack of morality engendered by her surrender to cultural relativism argued that Muslims should be able to live their lives by Shariah Law, in Luton: “I persuaded Stephen to walk through Luton with me.” He stated that he had not walked through Luton with his wife and kids for two years, and mentioned that she did not agree with the EDL, neither did her parents. Nonetheless, Lennon remained steadfast in his belief in the EDL’s cause for “Islam rules through fear and intimidation” and there was no way that he was going to let it silence him.
Dooley continued to be excruciating, defending the niqab and the burka, and insisted on speaking to a random Muslim on the street who stated that he wanted Shariah Law, yet she still considered him to be a “moderate”. More “moderates”, it would seem, were in the vicinity, for “Soon several young men were following us and I was beginning to feel on edge.” Muslims closed in on Lennon, attempting to intimidate him through force of numbers.
This documentary left me feeling exasperated at Dooley’s wilful ignorance and stupidity. The woman appears to be incapable of rational thought, preferring instead to emote and empathise, even with those who would treat her like trash. “Ignorance is what causes extremism”, Dooley concluded. Now, although I do concur with this conclusion, I do not do so in a manner that she would find agreeable, for it is the ignorance displayed by politically correct cultural relativist dupes such as Dooley that allows “extremism” to flourish. The BBC, once again, has excelled itself in producing a piece of apologia for Islam's presence, entrenchment and growth in contemporary England.
Stacey Dooley: a bit dim, or an animatronic mannequin?
Definitely not very bright. How did she get a job in television? I'd never heard of her before this evening.Delete
What an exasperating experience it was to watch this poor cretin- her eyes wide with kindly dhimmitude- lapping up every bit of taqiya thrown her way. She even donned the pudding cloth, and full grim reaper attire in order to ingratiate herself. Sickening... truly it was, to behold.ReplyDelete
It was almost, but not quite as bad, as watching Stockholm Syndrome victim Yvonne Ridley.Delete
Well done for watching more trash from the 'inclusive' al-beeb, 'certainly more than I could do (I get enough brainwashing from everyday churnalism).ReplyDelete
I came across this quote from Robert A. Heinlein the other day: 'says it all I think.
"Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and the execution is carried out automatically and without pity."
p.s. good blog-it's in my favourites.
This was the first programme on BBC3 that I had watched since 'My Brother the Islamist' last April: http://durotrigan.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-brother-islamist-tears-of-loving.htmlDelete
I just happened to stumble across last night's 'documentary' whilst doing the washing-up, and thus almost didn't see it. My blood pressure rose so much that I just had to forego sleep and write the above piece.
Thanks for the Heinlein quote by the way. Glad you like the blog.
I found myself involuntarily shouting " You stupid woman!!" at the t.v screen.ReplyDelete
It is surprising that nobody shouted that phrase at her throughout the entirety of the documentary, irrespective of the position that they held. Stacey Dooley: blithe, breezy and brainless.Delete
I could not believe how they were talking to her. I think I would've gotten into a brawl. Good luck England!ReplyDelete
She seemed to lap it up, and might possibly merit a new name: Stacey Shariah Dooley.Delete
she did a seriesfor b.b.c. "exposing"the way people that work in various tourist destinations are exploited,africa,thailand e.t.c.ReplyDelete
i thought they were good programs and in that respect she did well,but after watching this debacle i see that she is actually very good at patronising brown people,
and yes,i'm afraid, as thick as the proverbial two short planks,
what indeed can one expect from the bbc.
Until last night, I had never heard of Dooley, so cannot comment upon anything else that she has been involved in. However, it would appear that the contemporary education system has made it impossible for her to exercise discrimination, as in a sense of discernment. Such an inability to make rational, objective judgements leaves Dooley and many others of her generation prey to domination by anyone with a will strong enough to impose it upon them, providing of course, that they belong to a state-designated 'minority', hence her deference to Shariah.Delete
Thank you George.Delete
Dooley is thick and ignorant, much like the idiot who wrote this article. The real terrorists are the USA, UK and Israel.ReplyDelete
Pray elaborate, oh enlightened one.Delete
It struck me as significant that the 'moderate' Amara wasn't wearing her swathes of headscarf in the secondary school photograph, but muttered something about having started wearing it during college. One used to assume that muslims would naturally become more westernised with time, but infact the very opposite has happened: they have become more deeply entrenched in Islam, and thus more defiant of western culture as they have gained solidarity in numbers.ReplyDelete
I agree. It strikes me that the "diversity" legislation introduced under the last Labour administration has greatly encouraged the overt expression of such difference; a difference that at all times demands "respect". The idealisation of a bowdlerised Islam is now after all part of the curriculum from the kindergarten to the university, thus anchoring Muslims in their archaic identity and mindset, whilst rendering non-Muslim children unable to articulate their dislike for this alien belief system through the undermining of critical free thinking.Delete
The donning of such apparel by Muslims therefore can be seen as signifying an aggressive assertion of identity and a sense of untouchable ‘superiority’ over non-believers that is enshrined in law. Their growing numbers, as you note, have served only to bolster this tendency. Whilst they continue to increase, matters will only grow worse.
Thank you so much for this excellent review - it's made me feel a lot better about the whole thing!ReplyDelete
In defence of the BBC's decision to use Dooley, I think many viewers will have found it easy to empathise with the fact that she clearly had no idea about any of these issues when she started her investigations.
People don't like to be told that they've managed to miss (or ignore) problems that are right under their noses, but with Dooley as their ambassador into the world of islamic extremism it's almost as if the BBC were saying 'it's perfectly understandable that you very little about any of this, but now's the time to wake up'.
That's my blindly enthusiastic interpretation anyway. Possibly not quite their intention...
Anyway, hope you'll be watching Channel 4's attempt at a similar documentary? (Feb 27th, 10pm) Look forward to reading your thoughts.
Thank you Pyrus.Delete
Admittedly, I am not perhaps as optimistic as you are with respect to the likely reception of Dooley's documentary amongst many viewers. However, should they then happen to employ Google and stumble upon reviews such as this one, then maybe her programme could do some unintentional good after all.
I am looking forward to Monday's Dispatches, and will certainly be posting a review shortly afterwards. However, from what I have seen thus far, it is likely that it will try and do a hatchet job on the EDL. So, watch this space!
Stacy, you can't be serious to belive Islam is peace. Can't you see what's going on? You've been there, seen the demo. Wake up!ReplyDelete
The poor girl has had her head mashed by our contemporary 'education' system that demands respect for this species of barbarism simply because it has been designated a 'religion'.Delete
What a load of outrageously bigoted drivel.ReplyDelete
Are you really as dense as this moronic review shows you to be? Or is it an act? For your sake, I hope it's the latter.ReplyDelete
shes pretty attractive thoughReplyDelete
Hitler would have been proud of this jaundiced and ignorant Islamophobic review. Unlike the writer, Dooley has travelled the world and has an open mind.ReplyDelete
Ah, the 'reductio ad Hitlerum'. How very trite.Delete
I like how Anonymous first makes the assumption that you, Durotrigan, have rarely (if ever) left Blighty. Also that Dooley has an open mind despite all evidence to the contrary.Delete
If indeed travel does broaden the mind I expect that she's done so much that hers elongated and plopped out of her ears many moons ago.
As for the Hitler reference - is that really the best these folk can come up with? Tiresome.
Thank you Cygnus. The commenter reveals a staggering ignorance. How many foreign languages does Dooley speak? Indeed, how many languages does 'Anonymous' speak? Although I wouldn't claim any fluency in most of the foreign languages with which I have some familiarity, as I don't get the opportunity to speak them these days, I have a working knowledge of three as well as a smattering of three others encompassing the major language groups of Europe.Delete
I have spent extended periods overseas, but as a guest, not as someone who wished to be accorded special privileges or political rights, and a most interesting and enlightening experience I found it too. It certainly helped to deepen my appreciation of the positive aspects of our own culture and society, for all of the latter's flaws, providing a salutary antidote to the mistaken belief that 'the grass is always greener' and that everyone around the world is 'basically the same'. No, we are not, for we are also cultural beings rooted in our own national communities, and those outside of the PC-dominated West know this very well.
Quite why so many who read what I write assert that I am some kind of 'xenophobic bigot' simply because I openly state my dislike of a bullying, violent and misogynist religion mystifies me. Such a characterisation presumably highlights the failure of an education system that produces so many individuals incapable of all but the most formulaic and lazy patterns of 'thought'.
she is a breath of resh air and i find her accent so amusing - she thinks this is a serious program but what she hasnt realised is that bbc3 regard it as comedy - havent laughed so much since last week watching that fat girlReplyDelete
good for her - a star is born
It seems to me that you took thing as the complete opposite meaning of how I took them, and, how I suspect Stacy meant them! For example, Stacy saying its interesting that Bury Park could be mistaken as a non-English town, IS interesting. Personally I think it's a shame it's came to that and I get the impression Stacy thinks the same, she just isn't saying it out loud! I think the writer of this article watched the documentary with a somewhat arrogant and biast view of Stacy and has written the article accordingly. Just because Stacy doesn't blatantly give her opinions, often, doesn't mean she doesn't think theres anything wrong with the Islamification of Luton. She's too clever for that and presents the case for the viewer to make up their own mind!ReplyDelete
She hasn't even got 2 brain cells to rub together - anyone who actually finds her interesting must be vapid themselves.ReplyDelete