Vastavam web: Veteran British broadcaster Danny Baker was fired on Thursday by the BBC after using a racist picture of a chimpanzee holding hands of a couple in a tweet, tagged with the caption “royal baby leaves hospital”. Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, gave birth on Monday to a baby boy, Archie, the first mixed race child to be born into a senior position in British royalty in recent history.
The now deleted tweet, which has been circulated on social media, showed a black and white picture of a well-dressed couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital”. The corporation added that Baker’s tweet “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 spokesperson said. Harry and Meghan, whose mother Doria Ragland, revealed on Wednesday their new son was named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Meghan, whose mother is African-American and father is white, has been the target of racist commentary on social media in the past.
“Soon as those good enough to point out its possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it.” Earlier, Baker told his half a million followers on Twitter that he has been doorstepped by reporters at his home, saying he was asked: “Do you think black people look like monkeys?” His tweet added: “No mate. Gag pic. Posh baby chimp. Alerted to circs. Appalled. Deleted. Apologised.”
In a following tweet, he added: “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.