BBC presenter claims UK gardening culture is so ‘RACIST’ that ‘racism is baked into its DNA’
BBC presenter and botanist James Wong has been mocked online after going on a wild Saturday Twitter rant accusing “gardening culture” in the UK of being racist.
Wong – who has presented several BBC shows, including Countryfile, and serves as an ambassador for London’s Kew Gardens – made the bizarre claim in a series of Twitter posts.
Replying to another tweet that claimed gardens are not allowed “political agency” because they’ll “reveal uncomfortable politics of individual ownership” and “spatial inequity,” Wong wrote, “Absolutely U.K. gardening culture has racism baked into its DNA. It’s so integral that when you point out it’s existence, people assume you are against gardening, not racism.”
Absolutely U.K. gardening culture has racism baked into its DNA.It’s so integral that when you point out it’s existence, people assume you are against gardening, not racism.Epitomised, for example, by the fetishisation (and wild misuse) of words like ‘heritage’ and ‘native’. https://t.co/V33PozV2HU— James Wong (@Botanygeek) December 12, 2020
Some examples of the “racism” in the gardening world that Wong listed include the alleged “fetishization” of the words “heritage” and “native,” and an instance of him once being told by critics that a planting concept he developed “didn’t fit the area.”
I was once asked to present a planting concept for E London to a room of (100% white) critics.Feedback was that international planting ‘didn’t fit the area’ and I ‘should do native wildflowers’The site was founded by Romans & an immigration epicentre for +2,000 yrs.— James Wong (@Botanygeek) December 12, 2020
Wong argued that the complaint was based on “unconscious ideas of what and who does and does not ‘belong’ in the U.K.”
“This is the kind of exhausting shit you have to go through everyday if you work in U.K. horticulture,” he declared.
Social media users mocked Wong’s claims, calling them “bonkers” and “nonsense.”
The Anglosphere has gone bonkers with WokenessNow, gardening is racist https://t.co/FFkjKjoCc9— McRibb Rotgut ☠️ (@RotgutRibb) December 12, 2020
“Gardening is cancelled, if you grow carrots in your garden, you’re a massive racist,” joked one user, while another commented, "I feel really sorry for people who really are victims of racism when I see tweets like this...The concept of racism is becoming debased through trivial overuse.”
Gardening is cancelled, if you grow carrots in your garden, you’re a massive racist https://t.co/SaV7EiWGS5— Dan McDonald (@danmcdonaldx) December 12, 2020
I feel really sorry for people who really are victims of racism when I see tweets like this. The way the word is used now to describe any view or opinion people do not agree with is ridiculous. The concept of racism is becoming debased through trivial overuse.— Iain Sankey (@IainSankey) December 12, 2020
Wong is no stranger to making similar comments about the gardening scene in his regular columns in The Guardian. In June, Wong wrote about “horticulture’s race problem,” claiming that even “in the garden, there’s bigotry to be found.”Also on rt.com BBC defends comedy show Vicar of Dibley from backlash over 'taking a knee' BLM episode
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