A news reporter has a lot of explaining to do after she uttered a shockingly racist slur on live daytime television...
We are living in an era of change.
via: GettyEver since the horrifying murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Movement has never before been so prominent.
After centuries of institutional racism, people are finally taking a stand...
via: GettyAnd change is finally on the horizon.
However, not everyone has been quite so understanding of the message.
via: GettyAmid the millions of BLM protestors, there are, of course, a handful of people who are adamant about going against everything the movement stands for.
For the most part, these people are standing valiantly behind homemade "All Lives Matter" signs...
via: GettyOr are simply trying to argue that people of color are not treated any differently to white people. (Spoiler: They definitely are.)
But, sadly, there have been some instances of people with huge platforms spurring on the message of hate...
via: GettyAnd the latest comes from none other than a BBC news reporter.
Now, the BBC is the biggest, most influential news platform in the United Kingdom...
via: ShutterstockAnd, globally, it has around fourteen million readers every single month.
So you'd expect their reporters to have a little bit of sense about them, right?
via: ShutterstockWell, this week, a BBC news reporter came under fire for her shocking use of a racial slur on live television.
The world was shocked.
via: TwitterFiona Lamdin, a social affairs correspondent for the broadcasting company, was reporting on the unprovoked attack on a black healthcare worker in the city of Bristol.
But, during her description of the vicious attack...
via: TwitterShe stunned viewers with her use of the N-word.
As she described the moment the healthcare worker was hit by a car, she said:
via: Twitter"Just to warn you, you’re about to hear highly offensive language because as the men ran away they hurled racial abuse, calling him a 'n*****.'"
Viewers couldn't quite believe what they were hearing.
via: TwitterWithout hesitation, Fiona confidently and clearly uttered the slur, which has been used against black and minority groups for decades now, on live daytime television.
As soon as the news segment went live on Wednesday, viewers took to Twitter to express their shock...
Nah how did a white reporter live on BBC News say the n word with her whole chest? You know when you're so angry you start laughing?— . (@.)1596025158.0
How was this allowed to happen?
It's the way you can't even swear on live TV, but the BBC felt comfortable saying the n word like it's no big deal.… https://t.co/SrCOvtkLm7— Simi💮| (@Simi💮|)1596029617.0
And, while most of the heat was directed at Fiona...This Twitter user pointed out that the producers of the news segment are actually the ones at fault.
Fiona is yet to respond to the backlash...
via: GettyBut a spokesperson for the BBC has now addressed the incident.
In a statement, the BBC provided some context for the report...
via: GettyBut said it will not run again in its current form.
Their spokesperson said:
via: Shutterstock"This was a story about a shocking unprovoked attack on a young black man. His family told the BBC about the racist language used by the attackers and wanted to see the full facts made public."
via: Shutterstock"A warning was given before this was reported. We are no longer running this version of the report but are continuing to pursue the story."
However, not everyone was too convinced by their explanation.
BBC news thinks because they said “you’re about to hear highly offensive language” it made it ok to actually say th… https://t.co/tQrp19ZjX6— . (@.)1596094860.0