You’d think Danny Baker, as a radio broadcaster, might have heard something about what is and isn’t racist.
I’m assuming the guy is up to date with current events.
He must be so proud.
On Wednesday, the BBC Radio 5 Live presenter tweeted a black and white photo of a man and woman holding hands with a chimpanzee in a suit and a top hat, with the caption, “Royal baby leaves hospital.”
You can see the now-deleted tweet below:
Yep, definitely racist.
Amid widespread accusations of racism, Baker deleted the tweet and said he was sorry the “gag” had “whipped some up.” He claimed the connotations had not occurred to him because his “mind (is) not diseased.”
We assume the “disease” that he isn’t burdened with here is ‘social consciousness’ and ‘political awareness’.
In a second message, Baker said that the tweet was “supposed to be a joke about Royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race, so rightly deleted. Royal watching not my forte.” On Thursday, the broadcaster said he made an “enormous mistake.”
A BBC spokesperson said: “This was a serious error of judgment and goes against the values we as a station aim to embody. Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us.”
The BBC doesn’t want to get on the wrong side of the royals. Danny, on the other hand, isn’t accepting his sacking gracefully.
Baker responded defiantly to the decision, saying on Twitter that the calls for his dismissal were a “masterclass in pompous faux-gravity” and that the BBC “literally threw me under the bus.”
Next time, think before you post.
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