A British radio host announced he’s been fired following uproar over a controversial photo he tweeted comparing the royal baby to a chimpanzee.
Just got fired from @bbc5live.— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 9, 2019
For the record - it was red sauce. Always.
On Wednesday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry introduced their infant son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the media. Shortly afterwards, BBC Radio 5 Live host Danny Baker posted an old black-and-white photo of a couple accompanied by a well-dressed chimpanzee, captioning it “royal baby leaves hospital.” As London’s Metro newspaper reports, the tweet quickly sparked outcry and accusations of racism against the duchess, whose biracial background has been targeted by trolls.
So Danny Baker some old 90's relic thinks it's a joke to depict the #RoyalBaby as a monkey. Racists now seem to think it's acceptable to post things like this. How did that happen? Something has seriously gone wrong with our society pic.twitter.com/gk3aQefAM8— Nick (@Nick_BLM) May 8, 2019
Wow that didn’t take long. Royal Baby is just two days old and he’s already being trolled by @5liveSport’s Danny Baker aka @prodnose who has compared him to a chimpanzee...and Baker claims he’s not racist 🤷🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/hDcD2mLlo3— Eva Akase Simpson (@EvaMSimpson) May 8, 2019
This is a post by Danny Baker. The royal baby is less than three days old. Danny Baker works for the BBC. In any other field this would be gross misconduct. I await the "not a racist bone in my body" statement from Danny, or a P45 from the BBC. Only 3 days old. pic.twitter.com/jF9iUl4duO— (Almost) Always Positive 💙+ (@NubiBlue) May 9, 2019
I'm really confused about the message that #DannyBaker (@prodnose) was trying to convey? You had 3 other chances to post that photo when George, Charlotte and Louis were born but chose to post it now? You are not silly or ill informed! You my dear are a #racist! Pure and simple!— Ms Wright (@EyeOnYouBoo) May 9, 2019
Casual racism is alive & well.— Alan Mehdizadeh (@alanmehdizadeh) May 8, 2019
‘Celebrity’ Danny Baker depicts the royal baby Sussex as a monkey. Excellent. We’ve come so far.
It’s fair to say the monkey in the photo is a lot smarter than Danny Baker, and a lot better looking, too. pic.twitter.com/t6OFFR5wxW
Baker, a longtime radio and TV personality, deleted the photo and tweeted an apology that many felt fell short. The 61-year-old claimed that he hadn’t considered the racist connotations of the photo because his “mind [is] not diseased” — a statement that critics said put the blame on those offended and made light of mental health issues. Though he said he was “appalled” by the “silly unthinking gag,” he dismissed accusations of racism and insisted he would have “used same stupid pic for any other royal birth or [politician] Boris Johnson or even one of my own” because it’s “a funny pic.”
Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up. Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased. Soon as those good enough to point out it's possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that's it. Now stand by for sweary football tweets— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 8, 2019
Ha! I see my silly unthinking gag pic earlier has me trending. Last time that happened it had been announced I had head cancer. On balance...— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 8, 2019
Here we go.— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 9, 2019
Opened door, grinning Mail hack.
"Do you think black people look like monkeys?"
Any other time you'd knock someone right on their arse for saying that.
No mate. Gag pic. Posh baby chimp. Alerted to circs. Appalled. Deleted. Apologised.
He asks again! #MailonRacism
Now Sky at the door.— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 9, 2019
Would have used same stupid pic for any other Royal birth or Boris Johnson kid or even one of my own. It's a funny image. (Though not of course in that context.) Enormous mistake, for sure. Grotesque.
Anyway, here's to ya Archie, Sorry mate.#Occam #Razor
Despite denying any ill intentions, Baker announced Thursday morning that his “enormous mistake” cost him his job. He railed against the termination, tweeting that his BBC bosses “literally threw me under the bus.”
“The call to fire me from @bbc5live was a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity,” he wrote. “Took a tone that said I actually meant that ridiculous tweet and the BBC must uphold blah blah blah. Literally threw me under the bus. Could hear the suits knees knocking.”
Though some supporters are calling Baker’s firing an overreaction — “If, like me, you don't see the color of Meghan's skin, it was indeed just a joke about posh people,” read one comment — many are celebrating the BBC’s decision.
“Meghan has been subject to horrific/veiled racist abuse and prejudice online and in print since the start of their relationship,” noted British news anchor Charlene White in a Twitter thread. “Of which we are ALL aware.
“To post a pic picturing a 3-day old baby of mixed heritage as a monkey, then claim it was a joke? That’s old-school prejudice and racism at its peak. And for a trusted broadcaster working at a public service broadcaster to feed that prejudice? It’s unacceptable. And to claim ‘ignorance,’ and give a half-hearted apology — again full of jokey ‘banter’ — despite people highlighting just how clearly offensive it is, is also unacceptable. That’s not the world we live in now. Those who live in privilege must be held to account.”
Danny Baker is escorted off BBC property. pic.twitter.com/gwopbYIxbl— Michael Legge (@michaellegge) May 9, 2019
Danny Baker tweeting something horrible then blaming those offended for being weird and touchy (“I didn’t see racism because I don’t have a ‘diseased mind’) is SO MANY defensive white man in broadcasting. Please can we fire them all. https://t.co/Mbk3DSmXI9— Sophie Walker (@SophieRunning) May 9, 2019
Glad that Danny Baker has been fired. His tweet was outrageously racist and he had the audacity to turn the blame back on the people who called him out. I think we all know which of us has the ‘diseased mind’. #DannyBaker— Rosie (@RoseBuck_) May 9, 2019
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