1:30 p.m. PDT 08/08/2020
The Associated Press
British radio host Sideman left the BBC on Saturday following the company’s decision to include a racial slur in a report about a racist attack.
Sideman, who appeared on music station Radio 1Xtra, said in an Instagram post that spreading the word “sounds like a slap in the face to our community.”
The comedian and broadcaster, whose real name is David Whately, said that “without an apology (from the BBC) I just don’t feel comfortable being aligned with the organization”.
The BBC included the word during its report last month on a violent attack on a young black man in Bristol, a town in southwest England. The attackers reportedly shouted the offensive term when they ran into the 21-year-old with a car.
The victim had to be hospitalized for a broken leg and other injuries.
The BBC defended the decision to use the word, saying it wanted to convey the racist nature of the attack and “adequately warned that upsetting images and language would be used”.
On Thursday, the BBC said it had received more than 18,000 complaints about the show.