George Orwell’s nightmare is coming true – at least in Great Britain.
The UK Daily Mail reported Monday that David Jones, creator of the animated children’s character Fireman Sam, was detained at Gatwick Airport and accused of being a racist after he made an innocent remark about a Muslim woman’s hijab.
“If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen,” he remarked after seeing the woman pass through security without having to show her face.
An article at The Blaze summarized what took place:
When Jones entered the metal detector, his artificial hip apparently set off the alarm. He was subsequently searched and, though nothing was found, a security guard notified him that he was being detained because he had made an offensive comment. Jones, of course, maintained that he had done nothing wrong.
The Daily Mail noted that a Muslim security guard overheard the remark and took offense. Apparently, that is all the proof one needs to be branded a racist in Great Britain these days.
Jones, who was traveling with his two daughters, then found himself facing off with security officers, British Airways management and a police officer for an hour as they tried to make him apologize.
Jones, however, refused, saying he had done nothing wrong.
“What I said had nothing to do with the woman’s religion. It was the fact that her face was covered and she seemed to have passed through that part of the security process without showing it,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I was adamant I was not going to apologize because I had done nothing wrong,” he added.
The Daily Mail added that Jones was reportedly told that “we now live in a different time and some things are not to be said.”
Translation: In today’s politically correct world, some animals are simply more equal than others.
Jones said he was “not opposed” to security, but said it “must be equal for all.”
“Something like George Orwell’s 1984 now seems to have arrived in Gatwick airport. I feel my rights as an individual have been violated. What I underwent amounts to intimidation and detention,” he said.
Eventually, Jones was allowed to pass after he acknowledged that his remarks “could” have been regarded as offensive.
Andy Dolan wrote that Jones intends to file a complaint with the airport and British Airways.
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