As the SKWAWKBOX reported earlier, last night’s BBC Question Time programme has become mired in scandal after audience members reported that the pre-show warm-up involved hostility and jokes about Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott – who suffers more vile abuse than any other female politician in the UK.
The programme itself picked up where the warm-up left off, to the outrage of viewers and Labour supporters – but the BBC dismissed the allegations out of hand.
We are appalled by the treatment of Diane Abbott on BBC’s Question Time.Diane Abbott spokesperson
Diane Abbott, through a spokesperson, has now commented on the programme’s behaviour – and unlike the usual anodyne place-holder provided by many politicians, it was dynamite as she confirmed the issues with the programme.
The spokesperson said:
We are appalled by the treatment of Diane Abbott on BBC’s Question Time. It was clear that a hostile atmosphere was whipped up, propped up by reports of inappropriate and sexist commentary in the audience warm-up session.A spokesperson for Diane Abbott
A public broadcaster like the BBC, should be expected to be a model of impartiality and equality. The BBC cannot claim anything of the sort when analysis of the programme shows that the only black woman on the panel was jeered at and interrupted more times than any other panellist, including by the Chair herself.
The media must stop legitimising mistreatment, bias, and abuse against Ms. Abbott as a black woman in public life. The BBC should be ashamed that their programming is complicit in such behaviour.
Well said Ms Abbott.
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