We have all heard the axiom, 'don’t judge a book by its cover'.
The saying was never truer than in last week’s The Graham Norton show. In this case, a more accurate statement would be, ‘don’t judge a man by his race or profession.’
During the programme, actress Miriam Margoyles (71) said, without malice, to Will-i-am.
"I'm just fascinated by you ….because unfortunately, I don't know many black people, except in show business and that's what's so nice."
On hearing about Will-i-am’s £500,000 donation to the Princes Trust, Miriam,said in genuine admiration.
“Your absolutely right, you’ve done the right thing”. Placing an encouraging hand on Will-i-am’s knee she continued, “and everybody admires you for it… I think that’s fantastic… really. There are a lot of wealthy people who do very little".
Later after hearing that Will-i-am had raised 7 million dollars to create a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) school in the ghetto he grew up in, Mirriam responded.
“You’re fabulous, you really are… This is fantastic … this is fantastic. You're making a difference. He’s making a difference and that’s what we all want to do with our lives”.
Turning to Will-i-am she continued. “I am nearer death than you are believe me and I want to have made a difference. I haven’t got 7 million, but I agree with you education is key to the future and how unexpected that this rapper would do this. I don’t have a very positive attitude towards rappers. I don’t really know any, you’re the first one I’ve actually talked to”
Ignoring the surprised gasps from the studio audience, an unphased Will-i-am responded lightly, “I'm the first rapper and black guy you kicked it with… we need to kick it more”.
“Right-oh”, Miriam replied.
In response, Will-i-am collapsed with laugher and placed his head on her shoulder (picture).