It's neither offensive or racist.
The problem lies with the way that the UK has embraced this P.C. thing.
In the 60s on the Tonight program it almost always finished up with a calypso, sung by Cy Grant (I think that was his name) the calypso was written daily about topical events, funny and entertaining.
Calypso is Jamaican and should always be sung in a Jamaican accent (whether the singer is Black or White).
Did anyone complain when that wonderful comedian Charlie Williams told ALL his jokes with a broad Yorkshire accent?
FFS why is it only when someone who is not Black or Asian speak with African or Asian accents do the PC brigade play the racist card?
It is not racist to do this and most of the complaints are invariably from the bloody Honkeys!
I listened to Jackie Smith, ex Home Secretary, last night. She was all for charging Mike Read with racial something or other. She just could not be persuaded that the song was a bit of a joke. What a sad place my country has become.
Having done some research I find that Trevor McDonald (one of my favourite newscasters) was born in Trinidad.
He has one of the nicest voices when speaking of all the news readers.
However is he a closet Racist?
Has he been taking the piss out of the White British Upper classes for the last few decades by using an upper class accent?
I mean what if he was invited to sing the UKIP calypso song, how would he sing it?
Would it be in an English or a Caribbean accent?
Either way it could be construed as Racist in this totally P.C. society.
Oh sorry I forgot, it is only we Honkeys that can be racists