OK, who had ‘three days’ on the ‘How old will the new royal baby be before the racist bullsh*t begins’ pools? Come get your winnings while the rest of us descend into madness at how f*cking predictable this all was. Yesterday, the world got to see Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor for the first time, and it was nice. Look, a cute baby and his happy parents! Surely we could all put aside our sadness at the state of the world for a few minutes to coo over the adorable babby? Can we at least do that? Ha.
Danny Baker, who’s a prominent television and radio presence in the UK and has been so for many decades, was fired by the BBC today for a now deleted tweet that showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption, ‘Royal Baby leaves hospital.’ Don’t worry, I have screencaps.
Baker apologized but still claimed he didn’t see the racist connotations of comparing a mixed race child to a chimp. Because that hasn’t been a commonly used insult by racists for decades or anything like that. Baker claimed the tweet ‘was supposed to be about Royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but [was] interpreted as about monkeys & race.’ He then went on to claim that BBC ‘literally threw me under the bus’ and that ‘The call to fire me… was a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity.’
Doesn’t take long for these creeps to claim they’re the victims here, does it?
Does anyone for a moment believe him when he says he didn’t see the racist connotations in comparing a mixed race child to a chimpanzee? Since Meghan Markle entered the public consciousness as Prince Harry’s future wife, she has been subjected to all manner of racist, sexist and xenophobic harassment and media dog-whistles, as well as the most ludicrous conspiracy theories. Take a gander on Twitter and you won’t have to look for very long to find tweets comparing Meghan to apes, dogs and, yes, chimps. We’ve been dealing with MONTHS of ‘think-pieces’ wondering ‘how black will the Royal Baby be?’ This poor kid, who is less than a week old, has already been the subject of headlines claiming he has the responsibility to ‘unite multicultural Britain’. And now we have to deal with the barrage of horse sh*t that is a failing radio host claiming he’s the real victim after comparing a mixed race child to a literal animal.
Don’t worry about poor Danny Baker. Knowing how depressingly predictable the British media are, he’ll have a new job by the end of the month and will probably be called upon to be a new ‘free speech warrior’ for any right-wing rent-a-gob who has nothing better to do.
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