India was outraged on Wednesday as a caller on a BBC present abused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his mom. The incident occurred on March 1 throughout BBC Asian Community’s ‘Massive Debate’ podcast surrounding the query “Do you’re feeling proud seeing the turban being known as a crown in EastEnders”. A lot of the dialogue centred across the racial discrimination confronted by Sikhs and Indians within the UK.
EastEnders is a well-known British cleaning soap opera on air since 1985.
Social media customers expressed outrage towards the BBC for airing the present. Following large criticism, the recorded model of the three-hour podcast was edited to take away them.
Priya Rai, the BBC host who anchored the present, has additionally apologised. “Earlier than we feature on although, we similar to to apologise once more for among the offensive language that was utilized by company on the present earlier. It’s a dwell present and we talk about controversial points typically. However there was no cause for the kind of language that was used and I’d wish to ask for forgiveness once more for any offence that was precipitated,” she mentioned.
In the meantime, calls to boycott or ban BBC grew stronger in India, with many taking to social media to voice their anger.
“How can BBC permit content material abusing PM Modi’s mom utilizing derogatory phrases dwell on Air? This must be condemned in strongest doable means,” a Twitter consumer wrote.