The word savage has two major definitions
- a boss ass bitch who isn’t scared of anyone or anything and never holds back their fire comebacks (Urban Dictionary)
- very cruel or violent (Cambridge Dictionary)
This man defines both.
Who is Winston Churchill?
Winston Churchill commandeered the British Empire as the Prime Minister to victory in the Second World War. He was one of the few courageous ones who could fight off the powerful Germans and take the responsibility of the massive empire on his shoulders.
Born on 30th November 1874 to a wealthy aristocrat family. Often neglected as a child he had poor grades as a child but always had a knack for militarism. He traveled widely to countries like Cuba, Afghanistan and South Africa. He was extremely knowledgeable and had unfathomable courage and willpower. He wasn’t afraid.
He is known to give great and inspiring speeches that gave faith and valor to the whole nation during the dire times of World War II (like Hitler).
“The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.”
“It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”
These are a few of his quotes from his famous speeches that fills the listeners with vigor. One may find all the good deeds he has done everywhere but let me highlight why I call him a savage.
a. A Boss Ass Bitch
Allow me to narrate to you a few incidents where he has put people in their place using his wit and dry humour.
- Nancy Astor was the first female parliament member and it was common knowledge that Astor and Churchill hated each other. In one of their heated exchanges Nancy said, “If I were your wife I would poison your coffee.” to which Winston replied, “And if I were your husband I would drink it.”
Man got no chill.
- When he was disturbed from his “thinking time in the throne” by a call from Lord Privy Seal, Churchill easily responded with “Tell him I can only deal with one s*** at a time”.
- Bessie Braddock exclaimed, ““Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk.” and Winston retorded with, ““Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.”
A sharp and painful strike with his tongue!
Speaking of alcohol Winston was a highly functioning alcoholic. He always had a glass of whiskey by him and drank champagne and brandy during lunch and dinner. He could never give up his drink, one of the many reasons for his downfall in the latter years. The scowl on his face on the photo you see on the top of this article was because the photographer took his cigar momentarily for the sake of the picture.
b. Very cruel or violent
He was sexist, racist and fierce. Hated on Gandhi’s efforts on Independence of India and used racist and derogatory terms amongst others for the people of colour.
The Great Bengal Famine contributed to the deaths of upto 3 million Indians. It was the only famine to occur in a non-drought year. It was manufactured by the British Empire.
His cabinet was warned several times if the grains were transferred to other parts of the empire, millions in Bengal would suffer. He still carried forward with his decision.
Bodies lined up the streets of Kolkata, parents sold their children for pennies in hopes the buyer will feed them.
Every great man has a dark side, but never this big.
Moreover, is Winston Churchill even a great man?