BBC presenter Naga Munchetty is facing fierce backlash after her comment about US President Donald Trump.
But what exactly did she say about him and what’s happened since? Here’s the latest…
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What did the BBC presenter say about Donald Trump?
In September 2019 it was reported that Naga breached BBC guidelines by suggesting President Donald Trump was guilty of racism, the corporation’s complaints unit has decided.
She expressed concern on the show on July 19, 2019 after the US President said four congresswoman should “go back” to the “places from which they came.”
Seeming to go off script, she dwelled upon her own experiences of being told go home in the UK, saying the comments made her “furious”.
Naga said: “Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism.”
Naga said: ‘Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism’[/caption]
What has happened since?
Since her comments on the US president, Naga was found to have breached her employer’s editorial guidelines when she told viewers she felt “absolutely furious” about the US president’s language.
The BBC is now facing a growing crisis over its decision to censure the presenter.
The corporation said it is not impartial on racism, after a backlash over its decision to uphold a complaint against Breakfast presenter Naga.
The corporation said its editorial guidelines “do not allow for journalists to… give their opinions about the individual making the remarks or their motives for doing so – in this case President Trump”.
She was not found in breach for “calling out racist comments, which is perfectly acceptable where things are clearly framed in racist language”, the BBC’s head of editorial standards has said.
Munchetty is not facing any disciplinary action or reprimand, reported BBC.
An Ofcom spokesperson said: “We have recently received complaints relating to this programme and we are assessing the content against our own broadcasting rules.”
If the regulator finds the broadcaster breached Ofcom rules during the assessment, it will launch a formal investigation.
Naga breached BBC guidelines by suggesting President Donald Trump was guilty of racism[/caption]
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What have her comments caused?
A group of 150 black and minority ethnic celebs have slammed the BBC for reprimanding Breakfast host Naga Munchetty for calling Donald Trump ‘racist’.
Sir Lenny Henry is among the actors, TV presenters and entertainers who have signed a letter demanding the BBC overturns its decision that Ms Munchetty broke its rules with her criticism of the US president.
The BBC then condemned her for going “beyond what the guidelines allowed for” despite saying she was entitled to “give a personal response.”
But the BBC has now received a letter demanding a reversal of the reprimand – signed by 150 high-profile TV stars and journalists.
Also among those who signed the letter are actors Adrian Lester and David Harewood, comedian Gina Yashere and Gillian Joseph from SkyNews.
Chancellor Sajid Javid also backed the presenter, calling the decision “ridiculous” and saying that Ms Munchetty’s reaction was “perfectly understandable.”