Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

BBC Fires Host Who Tweeted "Royal Baby" Image

The BBC has fired radio host Danny Baker for tweeting an image of a couple (presumably meant to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) with a chimpanzee in a bowler, along with the caption, "Royal baby leaves hospital." Mr. Baker deleted the tweet and said it never occurred to him that the image would offend anyone, adding he would have used the "same stupid pic for any other Royal birth or Boris Johnson kid or even one of my own. It's a funny image." It was "supposed to be joke about Royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys and race, so rightly deleted."  More here from The Hollywood Reporter, here from CTV News.

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