Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/31/fotw/

Racist Reg hacks slammed for 'vitriolic hatred'

So, what's the velocity of a Welsh flame in a vacuum?

By Lester Haines

Posted in Letters, 31st August 2007 09:44 GMT

FoTW Our recent piece of silliness entitled So, what's the velocity of a sheep in a vacuum? was generally well received by you, our beloved readers.

Sadly, though, it didn't go down quite as well in one small corner of west Wales:

I found the manner, tone and contents of your article offensive and I suspect in breach of the Uk race relations act.

http://www.cre.gov.uk/legal/rra.html

"Under the Race Relations Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against anyone on grounds of race, colour, nationality (including citizenship), or ethnic or national origin. All racial groups are protected from discrimination."

The posted article contains offensive statement targeted at a small country and countrymen. The article "So, what's the velocity of a sheep in a vacuum?" writers appear to have a vitriolic hatred that emanates from each sentence. I'm surprised to see the manner of the posting and doubt the same would be done to England or the English or to a man or woman from the West Indies.

I demand a contrite apology, posted on this website and the immediate removal of the article.

D Bevan

west Wales.

Editor Joe Fay, ever the Kofi Annan of IT journalism, duly replied:

Hello Bevan,

I don't think we discriminated against anyone in this article. And while there might have been a lot of silliness emanating from each sentence there wasn't any "vitriolic hatred" targeted at a country or countrymen, small or otherwise.

Regards,

Joe.

A fair riposte, you may think. Not so, thundered (Mr) Bevan:

Fay,

Thank you for the response.

As the writer you obviously are blinded by your own opinion to seemly justify what you wrote!

The contents of your article is spiteful, racial and targeted. By compiling your litany of racist comments you show your true feelings and are contemptible.

You are a racist who is posting, printing and writing under the guise of humour.

How many Welsh men and women laughed at your "humour" umm? The people I asked weren't laughing, they were offended and insulted.

Perhaps you should have been more adult in your content and not filled your website with your own brand of parochial bigotry.

D Bevan

Well, D Bevan is off our Xmas card list, and no messing. As to whether the offending article is nothing more than a "litany of racist comments" we'll leave for you lot to decide, since we're off down to the pub for sixteen pints of Owen Glyndwr's Olde Cottageburner. Lechyd da!, sorry, Iechyd da! ®