BBC radio host fired for tweeting photo of royal baby as a chimp, sparking racism scandal
The since-deleted tweet showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital.”
What shocks me about Danny Baker (@prodnose) posting this photo is that it seemingly never occurred to him how this might be adjudged racist.— Jim AK (@jamesak47) May 8, 2019
How have you become that blind to the world Danny? A mixed-race Royal baby & so you searched out a photo with a chimp? WTAF?! pic.twitter.com/vXJZ8fQjrs
The then-BBC 5 Live host said the tweet was supposed to be a “joke about Royals vs circus animals in posh clothes” but deleted it as soon as he saw it was being interpreted as a racist comment about monkeys and race. He said he never considered the racial connotations of his gag because his “mind [is] not diseased.” Not everyone believed his explanation, though.
“This was a serious error of judgment and goes against the values we as a station aim to embody,” BBC said in a statement about his dismissal. “Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us.”
Baker later tweeted to say that his firing was “a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity” and claimed the BBC “literally threw me under the bus,” adding the hashtag “f**kem.”
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