There are plenty of people who can imagine that he didn't think it through and still understand that a sacking was inevitable. I'm probably somewhere in that camp. The news has been full recently of the BBC warning its presenters of the contents of their twitter accounts. People in the public eye are bound to have their posts widely read and spread, unlike most.
In terms of intent, how would people have reacted if Tommy Robinson posted that tweet. I can smell the fallout even from here, even though he didn't. Well -he's a racist, some would say - not surprising. Why? Because the trope is as old as time. What if though, the tweet was from an anonymous person nobody knew, and got picked up by someone Twitter surfing? Oof, looks a bit racist that, some people might think. The reason some might think that is that those racist overtones are so deeply embedded in our culture that it is something you can't imagine anyone not knowing or "forgetting." Danny has been going to the football for a long, long time. I've read most of his books. This isn't something he didn't know, which makes his "diseased minds" comments a bit difficult to swallow. People are not snowflakes for having that at the forefront of their minds when he did not.
I don't believe for a nanosecond that he is a racist. I am very fond of him just on the nature of his books alone. However, the BBC would have sacked ANYONE for what he did, and more to the point, they would have sacked employees for making that tweet about any mixed race baby. There are plenty of jobs people have that would have got them fired for that. I couldn't have posted that in my last job. Baron would be out the door. This isn't about genuflecting to royalty. It makes no difference if right wing politicians are on QT while Danny gets sacked.Those people are not BBC employees. Anyone working for the BBC understands how shit goes down. Danny has had a long and glorious career in radio and contrary to what has been written above, his life work is not "forgotten" - he just won't be working for the BBC. He's done very well in his life. He will go on to get another great job, probably write another book. Good. I like him.
Most people I know who like Danny Baker have not recoiled in horror and turned their backs on him forever in a display of pitchfork madness. They have quietly said oh, dear- that was stupid, and that they understood why the BBC sacked him. I would add much as I also loathe what seems to be a society that is inching towards a state of no-rehabilitation and no forgiveness, people worldwide have commented on this - people not from the UK and not familiar with Danny Baker - who were appalled at the tweet. The reason I mention this is that if people aross the globe of all ages and countries identify what is potentially "iffy" about this tweet then it increases how much it beggars belief that Baker didn't think before he posted.
But then,his spontaneity is one of the things that people love about him. He has done well out of this for a long time, and will do again.
You come at the Queen, you best not miss.
Dr Markus wrote:
Someone in your line of work usually as their own man cave aka the shed we're they can potter around fixing stuff or something don't they?