Prominent DJ Danny Baker is still due to appear at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal on Sunday for a comedy show following his sacking on Thursday, May 9.
The theatre itself has said the event is still going ahead despite the “outright racist” post which compared the new Royal baby to a chimpanzee.
Theatre Royal declined to comment further.
Baker, 61, has since removed the tweet and responded to criticism that he was being racist, stating the post was to do with the Royal family and class, rather than race, and instead, claimed his comments were “naive” and a “stupid gag”.
The tweet in question
I am absolutely disgusted and take huge offence to the extremely racist and highly stupid tweet Danny Baker recently posted.
He has clearly made his feelings known about his views on ‘Black People’ trying to make their way in the Western World… pic.twitter.com/nulakksSbT
— CharlesVenn (@ChuckyVenn) May 9, 2019
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People have suggested his sacking sets a dangerous precedent that racism is only condemned when directed at the Royals, referring to similar tweets by figures like Sir Alan Sugar, who compared Senegalese footballers to sunglasses sellers in Marbella.
Baker’s initial response
Just got fired from @bbc5live.
For the record – it was red sauce. Always.
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 9, 2019
A more appropriate response this morning
Good morning, everyone.
Following one of the worst days of my life I just want to formally apologise for the outrage I caused and explain how I got myself into this mess.
I chose the wrong photo to illustrate a joke. Disastrously so.
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 10, 2019
Here are some responses to the tweet and subsequent sacking:
Dara O Briain
What? Danny Baker got fired? But he immediately apologised and deleted the tweet! I mean, literally, in the event of mistakenly causing offence, what else can you do? Genuinely amazed by that.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) May 9, 2019
It seems the Mock the Week presenter was surprised at the sacking of his fellow comedian, adding he hoped that if or when he “f*cked” up himself, that people might “accept an apology” from him.
It’s amazing how many people have replied to me today calling me oversensitive to Danny Bakers ‘joke’.
Just to be clear… pic.twitter.com/mPoGzp5IQd
— Chizzy (@chizzyakudolu) May 9, 2019
Prominent actor, presenter and writer, Chizzy Akudolu, made her opinion clear on the tweet as a black woman who has been a victim of racial abuse, stating it is not for the “poster” to decide what is deemed as discriminatory – but the person being discriminated against themselves.
Dawn Butler MP
Danny Baker's 'joke' about the royal baby was deeply racist and simply wrong. Here's my letter to the @BBC I hope it will become a teachable moment. I now hope to see a stronger commitment to diversity and a series of unconscious bias training for all staff. #AlanSugar pic.twitter.com/yad1x7NmbB
— (((Dawn Butler MP))) (@DawnButlerBrent) May 9, 2019
Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central, also condemned the “joke” about the Royal baby calling it “deeply racist and simply wrong” and took the time to write to the Director-General of the BBC – asking for Alan Sugar to meet the same fate.
Danny Baker is cancelled https://t.co/Udcn6FuDe5
— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) May 9, 2019
Scottish comedian ‘Limmy’ simply stated “Danny Baker is cancelled” – a simple but strong response.
All I'll say is: when it comes to trying to be funny, everyone makes mistakes. All I know is that Danny Baker @prodnose is a great broadcaster, a fine writer and one of the most decent & delightful guys in the business. I'm honoured to know him.
— Gyles Brandreth (@GylesB1) May 9, 2019
The former MP and current broadcaster and writer, Gyles Brandreth has a less critical approach saying everyone is due to make mistakes and branded the DJ as a “great broadcaster” that he was honoured to know.
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