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Evening Standard exposes BBC confusing two black women MPs – but publishes pic of wrong black MP

Scarcely a week ago, the BBC disgraced itself by showing footage of black basketball star LeBron James when it announced the tragic death of basketball star Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter and several others in a helicopter crash.

And today, the BBC repeated its shame by using a picture of Labour MP Marsha de Cordova in an article about deputy leadership hopeful Dawn Butler.

That blunder was covered by the Evening Standard in an article that was cloned by MSN’s online news site – but the Standard had itself used a picture of a different and equally wrong black woman MP, as tweets of the article showed:

The Standard had correctly used a picture of Dawn Butler – but showed newly-elected colleague Bell Ribeiro-Addy instead of Ms de Cordova:

L-R: Labour MPs Marsha de Cordova, Dawn Butler and Bell Ribeiro-Addy

The Standard was forced to issue a humiliating correction and apology, though it blamed Getty for the initial mix-up:

Bell Ribeiro-Addy said later that the mix-ups demonstrated a lack of respect for black MPs. The presence of Tories in senior positions in both BBC current affairs output and the Evening Standard is surely coincidental.

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7 comments

  1. These ‘mistakes’ are often quite deliberate. It’s dog whistling in the dark and pretending it wasn’t you. You can imagine the conversations that develop on the back of such ‘mistakes’. It’s odd it rarely happens to those sides of pink gammon that really do look identical.

    1. What’s the difference between Gammon and Darkie?
      Nothing. They are both derogatory racist terms referring to a person’s skin colour. Be careful. Racism is a two way street.

  2. We all know that the establishment broadcasting corporation is basically the voice of the government and the public schoolboys and girls that are part of the culture that feeds off black face racism.Many might think it isn’t a problem,but its the institutionalized racism that lurks within these archaic institutions the the BBC and conservative party thats extremely worrying.Not many whitefaces get the chance to sample true racist and religious bigotry and I know how Dawn Butler feels.ITs corrosive and still out there even amongst some of our own..Get rid of this vile BBC and give the diverse population and the Labour party a breathing space.And the standard…well does anyone expect anything from that evil toilet paper…ask ken Livingstone…!

  3. Maybe the Squawkbox could run a monthly caption of Etonian TORY mps and we could guess whos who and spot the difference between the blue eyed boys…and girls.Do they still ban females like the notorious Tory Rogues Carlton club.?

  4. ……..& Dexy’s Midnight Runners sang about ‘Jocky Wilson’ on TOTPs, but then the working classes all look the same!

  5. On today’s PMQs because of ‘technical problems’ the BBC didn’t show the names of MPs when they stood up to speak.

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