Has anyone ever called you a gammon though? Because I can assure you that there's nothing hypothetical about the use of epithets against actual disadvantaged or oppressed groups. It's much more to do with bellicosity than with skin tone. Actually I try not to use the term, because I think it's unhelpful, but the original 'Wall of Gammon' tweet was genius, and if anyone richly deserves the term, it is François. Yes I know he doesn't use the cedilla, but then he is both a blithering idiot and a xenophobe, so it pleases me.I have mild rosacea which at times makes my face look red. That would also be the case for people with high blood pressure. I cannot argue with being called a white, elderly privileged male, because that is to some extent true. I would strongly object to being called a Gammon because of a medical complaint I have no control over.
It is a stupid, meaningless, often hurtful, pejorative term that could be applied to right, left, racists and non-racists. As I have pointed out several times it could also be applied to Corbyn, McDonnell or McCluskey when they are involved in heated debates.
Or I suppose I could just get over it because it doesn't apply to me...or does it?