I certainly hadn't before today and I'm willing to bet that the same could be said for more or less all of my fellow countrymen in Britain. Our nation's happy ignorance of this fellow would have been maintained if he hadn't been banned from the country along with twenty-two other people for promoting extremism, violence or hatred.
Now, this is absurd for several reasons. Firstly, as I said, no one had heard of him. So what's the best way to keep his alleged bigotry and dangerous views away from our apparently oh so vulnerable and impressionable minds? To continue to ignore him as he had no plans to come here anyway and leave his impact on the values of this country as non-existent or to catapult his name into the news and give him airtime and a platform to speak by some ridiculous measure designed to protect us? Apparently all the wisdom of the Home Office believes it is the second option. Also, since when does the birthplace of the Magna Carta ban people for having ideas? The bloke is apparently one of these odious 'shock jocks' who thrive by kicking up a fuss and kerniving to provoke a reaction and has duly said some stupid and ignorant things about, among others, Muslims, gay people and people with autism, but he hasn’t done anything violent himself so he is basically being accused of thought crimes. I don’t believe we are so foolish as to need to be protected from such thoughts (that’s if the whole idea of this being a protection wasn't so obviously flawed) in the first place but I do believe that we should fight tooth and nail to protect people's right to think them if they so wish, and that no idea that isn't a direct incitement to violence- however obnoxious - should cause a person to be barred from entering the country. For all I've heard about this Savage he sounds like an idiot and I don't particularly want him to come here but the logic behind preventing him from doing so is ridiculous and benefits only one person – him.
So am I wrong in not being able to make head or tail out of this? I’d be interested to know if Americans who are familiar with the guy think he really is that bad and how many more people in the world have actually been exposed to his ideas because of this news story who hadn’t previously.