Iain Lee has criticised the BBC for being slow to react after a radio caller used the N-word eight times and repeated a gay slur live on-air.
The caller phoned in during Sunny and Shay’s BBC Radio London show, hosted by married couple Mandeep “Sunny” and Gursharonjit “Shay” Grewal, on Saturday night.
It was during a conversation about board games in honour of National Monopoly Day on Friday that the caller said: ‘Since I have moved to London from Greece, I have played Monopoly with my friend…
‘But in my country we play a game where you are a white nationalist and kill all the n****s and gays.’
Shay, clearly uncomfortable, simply said: ‘Right,’ but the call was still not terminated.
The guest then said the N-word in quick succession and used the derogatory term around eight times on-air.
Remarkably, Sunny went on to ask the guest further questions and said: ‘Maybe I’m losing you in translation. Explain to me when did you first discover Monopoly?’
After they explained the version of Monopoly they play in Greece, Sunny said: ‘Thank you for sharing that with us, I really appreciate that but also,’ before asking what they ‘wanted to add to the conversation’ about Priti Patel amid the Cabinet minister’s bullying controversy.
The caller responded: ‘I want to say that I f*****g hate n****s.’
The interview was then terminated and Sunny said: ‘I’m sorry, just check that Will. I don’t understand where he was going with that conversation but he’s obviously someone who doesn’t understand how you come on to engage here on the radio.’
Surprisingly, the episode was still uploaded to BBC Sounds with the offensive slurs.
Reacting to the shocking incident, radio presenter Iain tweeted: ‘Why did BBC London allow a caller on to say ‘I f*****g hate N words and gays’ over and over again? Absolutely incredible listening. The host asked him more questions after he’d said it!’
A BBC spokesperson told HuffPost UK: ‘An on-air apology was made and it has been removed from BBC Sounds. This was clearly a malicious call and we are looking into how this happened.’
It comes just months after the broadcaster faced immense backlash when news reporter Fiona Lamdin used the N-word during a mid-morning report on BBC News.
BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Sideman sensationally quit his show after the corporation initially failed to issue an immediate apology for the incident.
Around 19,000 complaints were made to the BBC about Lamdin’s use of the offensive racial slur.
Credit: Original article published here.