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Were The BBC Right To Sack Danny Baker?

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Today I’m asking, were the BBC right to sack Danny Baker? Unless you’ve been living on the moon this week, chances are you’ve heard about the new Royal Baby. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019. Within hours of the new family’s first public appearance, Danny Baker tweeted something which offended many people…

Tweet Danny Baker published

Were The BBC Right To Sack Danny Baker?

So now you’ve seen the tweet, let’s get into the facts…

Archie is the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Meghan’s father is Causican, while her mother is African American. This, of course means that baby Archie has African American roots, too.

For as long as I can remember (as a mid 30’s British woman), it has been awful to refer to anybody of colour as a Monkey. So what on earth was Danny Baker thinking?

Is Danny Baker Racist?

Obviously, I don’t know the answer to that. But here’s what some people who know him have said…

Janet Street Porter is pretty convincing isn’t she? I find myself believing her because she is so brutally honest. What do you think? Gloria Hunniford isn’t so forgiving though…

About The Image

Several people have said that Danny Baker shares animal photos like this a lot. Well, after scrolling down his timeline, these are the most recent two I could find…

Danny Baker tweets featuring animals

 

Not exactly loads, is it? 3 (including the offensive one) within a 6 week period. I’m fairly sure I share more than that! I can tell you what he does share a lot of, though… Photos of himself drinking! The offending tweet went out at 6.09pm, so I was assuming he wasn’t drunk – until I saw that his timeline is littered with photos of him drinking before 6pm…

Photo of Danny Baker drinking before 6pm taken from twitter

I’m not judging – It could be juice, for all I know! BUT… Perhaps if he’d had a few tipples on the night in question, he could have completely missed the monkey correlation.

My Thoughts…

Until this point, I have tried to look at this from an impartial point of view. Now it’s time for me to explain my own feelings in answer to the question… Were the BBC right to sack Danny Baker?

YES!

They were absolutely right. That’s not to say I am convinced beyond all reasonable doubt that Danny Baker was being intentionally racist. However, When you’re an influencer, and have hundreds of thousands of people reading your tweets, you have a responsibility. If you worked in a school and called a child of colour a “cheeky Monkey”, you can bet you’d be heavily disciplined, if not fired for it. So why should it be different for Baker?

Even if he was being totally naive and didn’t make the association (as he claims), other people did. I’m sure he will be seen as some kind of hero to the racist idiots who love to cling on to those in the media who they believe share their views. If he’d kept his job, tens of thousands of people would have been in uproar, and The BBC would have been facing backlash for supporting him.

 

In my opinion, if an influencer is daft enough to post on social media without getting it approved first, they should face the consequences.

I’m not ready to hand Danny Baker out to dry just yet though. I don’t think any of us can answer the question, “Is Danny Baker racist” except Danny himself.

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  • 11/05/2019 at 4:06 pm
    Phil

    Appalling. But I’m surprised you’ve felt the need to share it again here? Even he had the sense to delete it I’m not sure you should.

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