Last week, Paul Joseph Watson, a popular conspiracy theorist, and alt-right pundit, decided to take a swing at BBC for an animated video. The video was a historical piece focused on Roman Britain and it featured a series of characters of color.
“Thank God the BBC is portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse,” Watson wrote, the sneer in his voice clear even from a tweet. “I mean, who cares about historical accuracy, right?” Roman Britain was an area of Great Britain governed by the Romans somewhere between 43 and 410 AD, however, the swing Watson took at BBC for their portrayal of ancient times was completely unfounded.
Mike Stuchbery, an English historian, just so happened to be one of Watson’s followers on twitter. Naturally, Stuchbery couldn’t just stand by and let Watson make unfounded claims, so he served up a history lesson for not only Watson but all of Twitter. In just a few hours, Stuchbery had a long thread going purely dedicated to debunking the myth that Roman Britain was not ethnically diverse.
To start, Stuchbery immediately had to ask whether or not Watson was willfully ignorant or simply playing the role for his followers.
From there, Stuchbery threw out the idea that Roman Britain wasn’t diverse, explaining that it was diverse practically by design.
He went on to explain the detailed process of the way Roman Britain worked during those times for added context.
Stuchberry didn’t stop there, he even gave sources to go back to every single point he made just to prove that he wasn’t pulling it all out of thin air.
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