£60,000 of taxpayers' cash used to research is Punch and Judy is RACIST
A student is being handed £60,000 of taxpayer funds to conduct research of 'racist puppets'.
The unnamed student at Queen Mary University London will lead the three-year long research project which will analyse 'race, puppetry and performance' in the 21st century.
Campaigners have dubbed the project, entitled 'Grotesque acts of ventriloquism' a waste of money, while ventriloquist have been left stunned by the 'very strange' research.
The project claims white artists receive funding to produce 'puppet representation of people of colour' that is often 'stereotypical'.
The funding was allocated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is part of the UK Research and Innovation group.
James Roberts, political director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: 'Cash should be focused on urgent priorities like tax cuts or public services, not this postmodern piffle.'
A spokesperson for UK Research and Innovation said: 'Research into challenging human issues is of great value to society and can ensure a better understanding of these topics, as well as how best to make a difference and enable positive change.
'All decisions on projects we invest in directly are made via a rigorous peer review process based on excellence by relevant and diverse independent experts.'
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