Huw shared he was confronted by a man on the tube over his mask recently (Picture: BBC)
BBC’s Huw Edwards has revealed he was confronted by an ‘angry man’ on the Tube this week who apparently felt the presenter’s face mask was offensive.
Huw was seen walking through a train station with the mask absolutely screaming Wales with the Welsh flag of Y Ddraig Goch emblazoned on it multiple times. Truly, there was no mistaking the design.
Sharing an image of himself in the mask, Huw wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: ‘Angry man on tube demands I take off mask.
‘Turns out he was offended by the Welsh theme…’
Be that as it may, Huw wasn’t about to ditch the patriotic nod to Wales nor the mask being used in the name of safety.
He continued: ‘Anyway. I’m still going to wear a mask on public transport and indoor spaces — to protect others and show respect for NHS staff. Diolch.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday that almost all legal Covid limits will be removed from July 19 in what has been dubbed ‘Freedom Day’.
Among a series of changes, he announced that face coverings will no longer be mandatory and has instead left the decision up to citizens.
Right now, face masks are required in all indoor public spaces – such as supermarkets, other shops, bars, and restaurants (before you’re seated to eat or drink).
After July 19, the PM said he ‘expects’ people to continue wearing them in ‘crowded and enclosed spaces’, such as on public transport services, and hoped the public would put others’ health first.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has also asked Transport for London (TFL) to make face masks compulsory on all services.
As many thanked Huw for keeping his mask on, others shared their disappointment with the interaction.
One wrote, seemingly referring to the conduct of England football fans at the Euro 2020 final in Wembley on Sunday: ‘English aren’t making a great show of themselves at the moment. Feel sorry for the decent ones.’
A fan of the flag added: ‘You can’t help the fact the Welsh flag is the best of the home nations….I mean it has a frickin dragon on it!’
Still, others hit out at Huw’s comment, with one replying: ‘To protect others? Are you ill? Then you should be home isolating. I think NHS prefers decent pay and working condition rather than just you wearing a mask, don’t get me wrong – wear it if you wish, but be realistic with your comments.’
It’s hardly the first time the presenter has shared his love of Wales, using themed-emoji to convey his thoughts on the recently implemented social media rules around impartiality for BBC employees.
BBC staff were previously told to avoid ‘virtue signalling’ with a new set of instructions, which aim to ‘ensure the highest possible standards of impartiality across the organisation’.
One point states: ‘Use of emojis can – accidentally, or deliberately – undercut an otherwise impartial post’.
Huw wasn’t having any of it, writing on Twitter at the time: ‘The BBC’s new social media guidance says that the “use of emojis can – accidentally, or deliberately – undercut an otherwise impartial post”,’ book-ending his tweet with a string of Welsh flag emoji.
He’s got a theme.
Credit: Original article published here.