Piers Morgan fury at BBC over Brexit acid 'joke': Why sack Danny Baker and NOT Jo Brand?

Posted on Jun 13 2019 - 2:38pm by admin

The Good Morning Britain presenter accused the cooperation of double standards, citing its decision to sack Danny Baker, 61 earlier this month and not Brand, 61. Mr Morgan wrote on Twitter: “Why did the BBC instantly sack Danny Baker for an offensive royal baby tweet but won’t sack Jo Brand for saying she’d like acid to be thrown at politicians?” Baker was axed from BBC Radio 5 Live after tweeting a comment about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son with a photo of a suited chimpanzee.

Baker apologised for his social media post and described it as “one of the worst days of my life”.

The BBC stated Baker’s actions were a “serious error of judgment and goes against the values we as a station aim to embody”.

Brand made her controversial remarks whilst appearing on Victoria Coren Mitchell’s Heresy talk show, on Tuesday evening, questioned why protesters were using milkshakes when they could use battery acid.

Brand made the comments in the wake of a series of milkshake attacks against individuals including Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

In reply to a question about the current state of politics, she said: “Well, yes I would say that but that’s because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore.

“And they’re very, very easy to hate and I’m kind of thinking: ‘Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?

“That’s just me. I’m not going to do it, it’s purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do, sorry.”

Mr Farage has also condemned the comments and called for police action.

He wrote on Twitter: “This is incitement of violence and the police need to act.”

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said it had received 19 complaints about the episode.

BBC chiefs said her remarks were made during a comedy programme and were “not intended to be taken seriously”.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously.”

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