US Civil Rights leaders have admitted that, in retrospect, they should probably not have invited comedy actor Dave Lamb to supply a camp and sarcastic commentary during Dr Martin Luther King's 1963 address during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Many now fear that the cause of civil rights may have been set back for years.
'It seemed a good idea at the time,' said campaign organiser Reverend C.J. Franklin from Tallahassee, Florida. 'Dr King can be a bit portentous at times and 17 minutes is a long time for 200,000 people to have to sit and listen to a speech in the blazing heat. We all love Dave Lamb's comic interjections on Come Dine With Me, so we thought that might lighten things up a little.'
After a slow start, King became animated, declaiming 'I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood', at which point Lamb interrupted with 'Mmmm, but they're not going to want to eat your overcooked boeuf bourgignon, are they Martin?'.
Dr King then continued 'I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character', only for Lamb to say 'Ooh, but what about the colour of your potatoes dauphinoise, which you've burnt to a cinder?'.
Every time Dr King tried to resume his oration afterwards, Lamb butted in with 'Dreamy Martin's off again...' and the meeting broke up in chaos shortly afterwards. Lamb himself is missing and is assumed to be dead, after Civil Rights groups and white segregationists were filmed fighting each other for the right to lynch him first.
'We really should have learned from that time they used Marcus Bentley from Big Brother to do the commentary for President Kennedy's visit to Dallas,' conceded Franklin. 'It was just excruciating: "12.30 a.m. John and Jackie are just cooming under inteh Dealey Plazuh in theyer muuurtercade. Lee is hiding in the boook depositurry - oor is he? Aal the other hoosemates are gathered on the grassy knurrrrll..."'