Racist Tweet About Royal Baby Got Radio Host Fired
What did Baker tweet?
Danny Baker, the host of BBC Radio 5 Live, tweeted about the royal baby’s birth on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, sharing a black-and-white photograph of a man and woman holding hands with a chimpanzee wearing a suit and top hat, according to CNN. Baker captioned the image, “Royal baby leaves hospital.”
Baker deleted tweet about royal baby
After being called out by fellow Twitter users for his racist tweet, Baker deleted the tweet. Then he attempted to explain himself on Twitter. Baker said the original tweet was “supposed to be a joke about Royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race, so rightly deleted. Royal watching not my forte.”
The following day, Thursday, May 9, 2019, Baker joked and apologized. “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,” he said according to the BBC.
When journalists showed up on the radio host’s doorstep for a comment, Baker said called his tweet, “Ill advised, ill thought-out and stupid, but racist? No, I’m aware how delicate that imagery is.”
BBC on Baker’s racist tweet: Goes against values
Following the broadcaster’s tweet, BBC said what Baker did, “goes against the values we as a station aim to embody.”
The corporation then announced Baker’s firing saying, “Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us.” Baker also shared with his Twitter followers that he had been fired.
Baker on getting fired: The BBC ‘threw me under the bus’
“A masterclass of pompous faux-gravity,” is what Baker called the BBC’s decision to fire him.
“[It] took a tone that said I actually meant that ridiculous tweet and the BBC must uphold blah blah blah,” he said. “Literally threw me under the bus. Could hear the suits’ knees knocking.”
Radio host apologized for racist tweet
“Following one of the worst days of my life I just want to formally [sic] apologise for the outrage I caused and explain how I got myself into this mess,” Baker said. “I chose the wrong photo to illustrate a joke. Disastrously so,” he added.
“In attempting to lampoon privilege and the news cycle I went to a file of goofy pictures and saw the chimp dressed as a Lord and thought, ‘That’s the one!’ Had I kept searching I might have chosen General Tom Thumb or even a, a baby in a crown. But I didn’t. God knows I wish had,” he continued.
Baker’s been fired for comments before
This isn’t the first time the radio host has been fired for comments he’s made. BBC fired Baker in 1997 after he encouraged sports fans to make a referee’s life terrible after a controversial call in a game.
Then in 2012, he called his bosses “pinheaded weasels” on his show after he’d been asked that it be moved from a weekend timeslot a weekend one.