Tokyo Tea Rooms farrago exposes the twisted racial thought of student leaders

Geisha girls at the Tokyo Tea Rooms

The pattern is well established: it begins with a harmless bit of fun which comes to the attention of some sort forever seeking to be outraged.

Soon enough, a hysterical message makes it on to social media. This is followed by a gaggle of intellectually stunted keyboard warriors chiming in with their own outbursts of rage and pitiful claims to being offended.

Intoxicated by their sanctimony and wholly unjustified sense of self-worth, the child warriors call for action in the form of protests or boycotts or worse.

And finally, in a nod to the good old days of the Soviet Union, the offender is forced to issue some sort of snivelling apology in which he or she recants and acknowledges the offence caused.

This, sadly, is the story for the nightspot in St George’s Place, which recently reopened as the Tokyo Tea Rooms with a couple of Geisha girls thrown in for good measure.

The fact that they were white women in costume infuriated a handful – A HANDFUL – of student union officials from Canterbury’s universities who dubbed it “cultural appropriation”, a recently synthesized social crime which involves borrowing from a culture which is not one’s own.

This story is critical for two things it tells us: firstly, that the perpetually aggrieved, outraged and angry will always look for reasons to broadcast the resentment which festers within them. If you so loathe the society or world in which you live, then you must always search for ways to confirm that your contempt for it is justified.

Secondly, and far more critically, the Tokyo Tea Rooms farrago highlights just how pathologically obsessed with race some sections of society have become.

Such people define everything according to its racial implications. This type of thinking is a product of aggressive multiculturalism, a 21st century liberal version of Apartheid.

According to this poisonous dogma, racial, ethnic and cultural lines are absolute and must not be blurred or crossed – just as envisaged by the Afrikaner architect of Apartheid, Dr Hendrik Verwoerd.

For a new variety of this system of division and racial animosity to rear its head in 21st century Britain is morally reprehensible and intellectually backward.

Thankfully, the efforts of the student activists to spread resentment and antagonism with their verbal assaults on Tokyo Tea Rooms have been met with a united front from the people of Canterbury who have told them in no uncertain terms: “Get a life.”

Amen to that.


  1. I don’t know about the rest of the overwhelmingly vast and yet usually silent majority but I feel “culturally raped” every time some bloody foreigner expropriates my mother tongue and has the arrant gall to communicate with me in (usually very good) English. The very cheek of it! How dare they borrow the world’s Lingua Franca and have the temerity to use it as an effective medium of mutually understandable verbal exchange? Outrageous. What would Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells make of it all? As we speak, he’s probably to be found on his veranda (from Hindi) drinking his cup of cha (from Mandarin) angrily puffing on a cheroot (from Tamil via Portuguese) whilst composing his next missive (from Latin) to the Times (Australian-owned) Oh dear, we’re all at it, aren’t we!

    As for the small-minded keyboard warriors who, as yet, haven’t quite grasped the point, that imitation can be the sincerest form of flattery, I feel for them but can only recommend that they get out more. Human interaction takes place in many ways and on a miriad of levels. To grasp this and to benefit from the joys it affords, one has to have person-to-person experience, which is simply not available, nor really possible, by locking oneself in a room and staring into a screen. Banging away on the keyboard and firing out tirades of invective, at things which are not properly understood, achieves little of real value and only serves to weaken the position, argument and validity of those under-experienced and ill-informed authors.

    Like yer man says “get a life!”

    PS.Farrago – great word! To date, only ever seen in crosswords. I’ll try and use it more. Tomorrow’s word is salmagundi, which means much the same thing.

  2. Well said! I understand Rosie Duffield found this offensive as well, this according to a local university “news” website. I would have hoped she had more important actual problems to sort out rather than getting on this rather pathetic band wagon.

  3. Alex, you write like an idiot. Please stop putting words in all caps for emphasis. Children do this. It is difficult to discern whether or not you have a well thought out argument when your writing is nearly unreadable. All the best.

  4. I think the real question that needs answering is, were any members of Canterbury’s geisha “community” offended? Or was it just the professionally offended ……….. are we really to say that fancy dress dances are now banned in case a member of the professionally offended happens to be present? I once one a cup at a fancy dress event for dressing up as a WWII German soldier, presumably I couldn’t do that now as a) I would look like a Nazi and b) I would be guilty of cultural appropriation.

    As for Rosie, well you get what you pay for don’t you, don’t be surprised at a Labour MP taking a Corbynish stance.


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