Conservatives often get disproportionately accused of racism as part of a liberal narrative to get minorities to vote Democrat. But one liberal broadcaster, who is also a progressive socialist activist, is getting in big trouble for making a joke that smacks of very poor taste at best and is outright racist in the minds of many.
Famed BBC broadcaster, journalist, and comedian Danny Baker isn’t a big fan of the British royal family. That was quite clear in his joking commentary on the recent birth of the royal baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
“Royal baby leaves hospital,” he captioned a black-and-white photo on Twitter of a couple leading a chimpanzee in a top hat and coat by the hand.
Archie, the son of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, is the first bi-racial baby in the royal family. Baker’s Twitter followers immediately saw a racial slur in the joke.
The broadcaster tried to explain it away in a follow-up tweet, writing, “Once again. Sincere apologies for the stupid unthinking gag pic earlier. Was supposed to be joke about Royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race, so rightly deleted. Royal watching not my forte.”
He apologized multiple times, calling it “a funny image” but a “grotesque” and “enormous mistake” when taken out of his intended context, according to BBC.
But it wasn’t enough. BBC fired him after his on-and-off career with them over the course of three decades.
He didn’t take it well, taking to Twitter to call BBC “pompous” and saying that they “took a tone that said I actually meant that ridiculous tweet and the BBC must uphold blah blah blah.”
“Literally threw me under the bus. Could hear the suits’ knees knocking.”
Talking to the media outside his house, he added, "I'm annoyingly ebullient and if you're accused of the kind of grotesque racism but you're not, you don't wring your hands. Ill advised, ill thought out and stupid, but racist? No, I'm aware how delicate that imagery is."
But he desperately tried to save face, too.
He told reporters that the joke would have worked for “99.9 percent of the royal family,” just not Harry and Meghan’s family. But he insisted, again and again, that he never once thought that comparing the bi-racial baby to a chimpanzee could be construed as racist.
Despite the massive coverage of the royal baby’s birth in the media, Baker claimed he didn’t even know that the baby was Harry and Meghan’s, and thus didn’t know Archie’s ethnic background.