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Old 9th May 2019, 12:35
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Danny Baker fired

What a stupid idiot. What was he thinking?


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48212693
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He could have been more subtle and inferred that Harry is in fact two steps closer to the door than to her.
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The New York Times i felt wasn't much better,

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/o...an-markle.html
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Old 9th May 2019, 14:43
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The New York Times i felt wasn't much better,

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/o...an-markle.html
That article seems to be written by someone with a real chip on their shoulder. So what if Meghan straightens her hair? What about white people who sport dreadlocks?
Really scraping the barrel to find some sort of racist slant, Lizzie Skurnick!
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Exactly what I thought and I couldn't believe they would publish such garbage.
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What a prize, unthinking, complete and utter Rodney. Good that he's been sacked. Pillock!!!

Only slightly relevant but 'back in the day' (the 70's and 80's), round our way [SE England] the word 'Chimp had no racial connotations whatsoever but was generally used to describe someone as an idiot / plonker / fool etc. Which seems to sum up Mr D Baker rather nicely indeed !!!

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Old 9th May 2019, 15:25
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If getting fired for being an idiot or a serious error of judgement becomes the norm, I am beginning to feel sorry for a lot of people I worked for.
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Amusing that he is quoted as saying

he had been 'literally thrown under the bus'
which is perhaps just a little too harsh
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Old 9th May 2019, 16:33
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These days it's "literally" everything. Even people who should know better are sprinkling their conversation with it.
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Old 9th May 2019, 17:06
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What a pity the BBC didnít throw him under a train instead of a bus. Then he would have been chuffed to bits! 😎
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Originally Posted by Effluent Man View Post
These days it's "literally" everything. Even people who should know better are sprinkling their conversation with it.
Yes it's literally everywhere.
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Old 9th May 2019, 17:46
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This is probably Danny Baker’s ‘Gerald Ratner moment’ - i.e. he was doing reasonably well* for years, then one day he publicly does or says something unbelievably stupid.

I don’t think DB is racist at all but he should have realised that others would accuse him of being so.

* debatable

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Old 9th May 2019, 18:02
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This is well an example of anachronistic thought that may well have passed in the '80s, it's more than shooting down Danny though, its a shot across the bows to all BBC staff that they better think twice before articulating anything however mildly contentious or offensive. I reckon today they all shuddered and manically started going through their Twitter feeds, Don't get me wrong, he's an ass, and given his public position jettisoning was probably the only option the BBC had.
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My mother would call me a little monkey sometimes, should I dig in to my ethnicity?

(As far as I know I'm mixed-race, Lincolnshire and Sussex)
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Having listened to DB over the years, but not in the last few, he never exhibited any anything in terms of prejudice. I feel his old photo was more about 'Private Eyeing' the Royal Family as performing animals and circus chimps have always been a centrepiece of that, as they are similar to us, we are monkey's uncles/aunties after all ;-) However, the connotations of racism were too strong to drown out any other possibilities and the BBC being what it is, out he went, although losing a 2hr radio gig once a week isn't quite the loss in the bigger scheme. I'm curious to know, which animal would be acceptable so as to not cause offence ? My point being most animals (non ferocious) will have some possible negative connotation, subservience/ beast of burden/ emasculated/ imprisoned etc etc.
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Old 9th May 2019, 19:26
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It's unbelievable that it didn't occur to him that depicting a mixed race baby as a monkey might be construed as offensive. That's because it is offensive. Ask any black football players subject to monkey chants when they touch the ball. In what universe is he living?

He'd have been fired by any radio station so don't blame the BBC.

What a plonker as he admits himself. I wonder was he drunk. A lot of ideas seem funny with a few beers. I imagine if he had any black friends they'd have messaged him by now asking 'WTF were you thinking?'
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Old 9th May 2019, 19:37
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Only slightly relevant but 'back in the day' (the 70's and 80's), round our way [SE England] the word 'Chimp had no racial connotations whatsoever but was generally used to describe someone as an idiot / plonker / fool etc.
I seem to remember George W Bush was routinely portrayed as a chimp. Pure Caucasian, so I assume it was the "plonker" thing they were hinting at!
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Old 9th May 2019, 21:16
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Is one supposed to have heard of "Danny Baker"?
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Old 9th May 2019, 21:26
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Originally Posted by k3k3 View Post
My mother would call me a little monkey sometimes, should I dig in to my ethnicity?

(As far as I know I'm mixed-race, Lincolnshire and Sussex)
Hmmm........With Lincolnshire involved thatís less mixed race, more mixed species 😉

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Old 9th May 2019, 21:27
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I imagine he was yet another BBC 'personality' who drew an enormous salary. Never watched or viewed him as far as I know.
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