Kathy Burke’s ‘woke’ rant resurfaces and gains immense praise after Amanda Holden comes under fire for Paul O’ Grady comments

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Kathy Burke’s ‘woke’ rant from earlier this month has resurfaced and gained immense praise in the wake of Amanda Holden’s comments about Paul O’Grady.

The Lily Savage icon died ‘unexpectedly and peacefully’ at the age of 67 on Tuesday night, sparking tributes flooding in from fans and celebrities alike, including the royal family.

Britain’s Got Talent judge Holden paid tribute to the late trailblazer, saying what she ‘loved’ about O’Grady is that he was ‘not woke in any way’.

Her comments sparked intense backlash, with one accusing Holden of ‘utterly misjudging Paul’s legacy’.

Many people pointed out that actually, O’Grady was very ‘woke’ – defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as being ‘aware of and actively attentive to important societal facts and issues’ – as he relentlessly campaigned to make the world a better place throughout his life.

Burke’s ‘woke’ rant has been massively praised (Picture: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

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‘That would be the drag artist, AIDS campaigner, LGBTQ+ hero and anti austerity critic Paul O’Grady. Ffs,’ one person Tweeted. 

In light of Holden’s comments, Burke’s rant from her Channel 4 programme Kathy Burke: Growing Up has resurfaced, with many praising her definition of ‘woke’.

In it, she says: ‘I think activism is a part of being young, and it’s important that the young show us what their p***ed off about.

‘I think activism is a part of being young, and it’s important that the young show us what their p***ed off about.

Paul O'Grady and Amanda Holden

Holden paid tribute to O’Grady on her radio show (Picture: PA)
Plenty of fans pointed out that O’Grady was, in fact, pretty woke (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)

‘It’s not a fad and it’s not “wokeism”.’

She continued: ‘Can I just say, that gets on my f**king nerves.

‘They’re calling you woke if you call out bad things basically.

‘If you’re not racist, you’re woke. If you’re not homophobic, oh you’re woke.

‘Be woke, kids’ (Picture: Channel 4)

‘Be woke, kids. Be woke. Be wide awake and f**king call it out.’

As the clip recirculated on Twitter, one person wrote: ‘Would Kathy Burke have a quiet word with Amanda Holden please. She’s managed to make a really bad day worse.’

Another penned: ‘Can we have more Kathy Burke and less Amanda Holden on TV and radio in future, please? Thanks from a proud woke person.’

Someone else wrote: ‘Be more Kathy Burke and more Paul O’Grady. And less Amanda Holden.’

Kathy Burke: Growing Up is available to stream on All4.

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