A STUDENT gets £60,000 in taxpayer money – to spend three years researching racist puppets.
News of the program left ventriloquists stunned last night – while activists branded it a clever waste of money.
The project entitled “Grotesque Acts of Ventriloquy” analyzes “Race, Puppetry and Performance” in the 21st Century.
It is claimed that white artists are given funds to produce “puppet depictions of people of color” which are often “stereotyped”.
A student from Queen Mary University of London will lead the research, which was dismissed as “postmodern bullshit” last night.
Ronnie Le Drew, President of the British Puppet and Model Theater Guild, said: “I find it very strange.
“I know several puppeteers who work in the West End and the job market has been better for black people in the puppetry world.
“So I’m a bit confused. Most puppet companies in this country are all in favor of using black puppeteers.”
James Roberts, Policy Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers are fed up with their money being wasted on bright research.
“Cash should be focused on pressing priorities like tax cuts or public services, not this postmodern nonsense.”
Funding has been allocated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation Quango.
A spokesman for UK Research and Innovation defended the decision as it examines “complex social, economic, political and cultural issues”.
They added: “Research into challenging human issues is of great value to society and can ensure a better understanding of these issues and how best to make a difference and enable positive change.
“All decisions about projects in which we invest directly are made through a rigorous peer review process, based on the excellence of relevant and diverse independent experts.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5641080/student-60k-taxpayers-cash-research-racist-puppets/ Woke project to research racist PUPPETS set to receive £60,000 in taxpayers’ money