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Subj: Re: Danny Baker - fired for 'racist' tweet
Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 at 06:16:37 pm EDT (Viewed 447 times)
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Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 at 03:45:12 am EDT (Viewed 511 times)

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Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's child's birth. Meghan who is of mixed race.

So, Danny Baker apparently submitted a black and white picture of a chimpanzee dressed in a suit with the caption 'royal baby leaves hospital'.

Danny has said no intention of racism, it was the spectacle of class and the media fixated on an unimportant matter.

Inititally, I was sympathetic and thought it was unintentional. On reflection, I think that position was a bit naive.

Why a chimpanzee? The picture isn't of royals. There is no real link between class, media attention etc. There has always been distasteful links between black people and apes from racists. Even if not explicit, I expect that this influenced Danny subconsiously to chose that video. The fact that he then goes on to pretend he didn't even realise that it was Meghan who had given birth doesn't hold up. He's a veteran presenter for crying out loud.

Consequently Danny was fired by the BBC and is now facing a police investigation.

Danny Baker said that it wasn't meant to be racist and I think we have to take him at his word. When I seem a chimpanzee, I don't think "that's a black person". It's the person who does see a chimp and thinks it's a black person who is probably racist.

The media frenzy for a good social shaming annoys me. They are like sharks who smell blood in the water.

My friend made a post on Facebook saying "Shame on you, Danny!" Then she said that she had never listened to his show and didn't really know him.
She just got off on presenting herself as virtuous by casting "shame" on him.

Everyone is or has been a bit racist at some time or other and it seems to me that it's hypocritical to go on a witch hunt.
Like Jesus said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!" (or some such).

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