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BBC radio host quits over usage of racial slur in news story

BBC radio host quits over usage of racial slur in news story

David Whitely, popularly known as ’Sideman’, quit BBC’s Radio 1Xtra after the network decided to include a racial slur in a story about a racist attack. The popular radio host took to Instagram to express his disappointment, and said that BBC’s decision to include the slur ’feels like a slap in the face to our community.’ He further said he does not feel comfortable being aligned with BBC.

Jerry Mandering
Jerry Mandering 4 months

Ok so the N-word is the worst thing anyone can say ever, if your white? But if you are black call each other that all the time why not? If it’s that offensive why allow anyone to use it? Enough with the double standards and subtle racism that allows this. If the BBC are allowing it you know it must have been in the context of framing some Marxist nonsense that shows how racist all white people are. If it’s that offensive let’s throw it down the memory hole and hold everyone to the same standard. Having grown up in the UK from the early 70’s up until when I left in the 90’s the N-word was not in the vocabulary and I had had only ever heard it used in rap lyrics.

David O'Doherty
David O'Doherty 4 months

Black fragility?

Young Conservative
Young Conservative 4 months

So the BBC reported on a racist attack, quoting the racist slur used, and you quit. So you quit, because they reported the news? Jesus Christ, I can't believe I have to defend the BBC 🤦

Jason 4 months

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words are worse than all that.

Tyrannus Patriarchus
Tyrannus Patriarchus 4 months

Got to look really hard to find those victim points nowadays.

Alex 4 months

BBC was quoting the words of someone committing an act of hatred. BBC is not to blame for the actions of others, they were just reporting the news unedited and with context. If people are unhappy about the word being used, they should be angry at the people using it for hate.

BILL 4 months

Sometimes certain words and expressions that make Millennials snap are necessary for the sake of telling a certain story. Mark Twain's best works were banned from school libraries for use of the N-word to describe a character. It wasn't intended to be offensive, that's just the way people talked and thought in the American South at that time. To write or perform a "period piece" set in the American West or Ancient Rome or 1930s Chicago, you have to use the customs and dialect of those times for authenticity. As you youngsters are so fond of saying, "keeping it real".

Marcos 4 months

Is it just me or anyone else imagine kindergarten kids talking when you read or hear the expression "n word"? It's the only time my head can see any sense on talking about a word or frase without the allowance or capacity to say it. On my maybe too hopefull head adults can understand the difference between a word being used as a slur and it being used just as a descripition of what was said.

Brian 4 months

I mean, I don't think there's really anything wrong with showing raw footage of an assault.

Arrow 4 months

"The n word is bad" "DID YOU JUST SAY THE N WORD?!" This is beyond parody. You can't express disdain for racism anymore without somehow being racist.

S 4 months

How is this possible? I thought the BBC was Liberal.

John 4 months

So he quit because he wanted to censor himself! The suspected slur is part of the news story. Modern journalism is doomed.

Nick 4 months

In America at least, I think black people who distance themselves from n-word usage are in similar situations to whites who distance themselves from trailer park residents.

Dr. Respect
Dr. Respect 4 months

Suck it up buttercup, it's a word. And you're using it in the 3rd person to relay information on an event in which it played a part.

Alin 4 months

i may not be right but it feels like a way to get attention for hymaelf. BBC seems to have done it’s homework and tried to be faithful to the story.

Sigfried 4 months

Virtue signal! Seig Heil! Give me all those oppression points, Daddy. Oh yeah! Seriously, how is this news? I don't care how popular Sideman was.

solodolo 4 months

These comments are the reason why you shouldn't waste time trying to explain racial empathy to other white people. They don't understand it, don't care to understand it, and will never understand it. It's a waste of time, just take appropriate measures to work around their angst.

CanadaIsAlreadyGreat 4 months

It's just a word, for Christ's sake. Has there ever been a word in the English-speaking world that has been treated this way before? A word that must never be spoken unless you have one particular skin colour?

mickey 4 months

I get that the wordis offensive and "should not be used;" though the Black Community youth uses and Grown Thugs, a Greeting, or a term of Endorsement. White People use the N- word We are done! Ban the word from that thug life praising Rap Music! Teach the Youth and Thugs that it's a filthy WORD then -- Grow Up! Be Self Responsible! ✌

Internet Gas
Internet Gas 4 months

That's like dropping out of school after learning about slavery.

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