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BBC fires host after royal baby chimpanzee tweet

Friday 10/May/2019 - 08:28 PM
Sada El Balad
A BBC DJ was fired Thursday after using a picture of a chimpanzee in a tweet about the royal baby born to Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry، as the Times of Israel said.

Danny Baker، who had a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live، tweeted Thursday that he has been fired after posting an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes and the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”
The tweet came on Wednesday، the same day Harry and Meghan posed for photos with their first child، Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The tweet was seen as a racist reference to baby Archie’s heritage. His grandmother Doria Ragland is African American.
Baker، 61، said the posting had been meant as a gag، tweeting late Wednesday that it was “supposed to be [a] joke about royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race.” The post has since been deleted.
“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،” Wall said.

On Thursday، Baker insisted he is not racist and attacked the BBC for its handling of the situation. He said the call to fire him “was a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity.”

When Harry was first dating Meghan، his office released a scathing letter in which he complained about sexist and racist coverage of Meghan، who at the time was starring in the TV show “Suits.”
Edited by Ahmed Moamar

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