If you were looking for an example of what someone in power should not do under media scrutiny, look no further than Member of European Parliament Godfrey Bloom.
First, the British politician, who is a member of Ukip, a conservative party that opposes the European Union, was caught on video
criticizing the United Kingdom’s practice of sending aid to what he called “Bongo Bongo Land.” He said the people of that made-up country use British money to buy Ray-Ban sunglasses, Ferraris, and apartments in Paris.
That led to some members of the party lobbying to leave Bloom off the list of eligible candidates for the next round of European elections. Bloom’s remarks were being talked about “at the highest levels of the party.”
Then Bloom went on Channel 4 News for an interview and said he didn’t understand how “Bongo Bongo Land” could be construed as racist, and that he’ll only stop using the phrase to appease his party leaders:
Bloom also attempted to tie his phrasing in with the name of the president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, but that only seemed to confirm interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy’s point that Bloom was talking about sub-Saharan Africa in a derogatory way.
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The whole thing breaks down about three-and-a-half minutes in, when Bloom and Guru-Murthy begin debating over whether the use of the phrase was “controversial.” Eventually, Bloom asked the interviewer to “move on” to talking about the aid issue. When Guru-Murthy refused, Bloom took of his earpiece and microphone, saying, “I can’t be bothered with it.”
This isn’t the first time Bloom has run into trouble because of comments he made. He once asked why any business would hire “a lady of child-bearing age.”