Pounce has spotted this:
What did he have to apologise for?
The comedian suggested there was racial segregation between Radio 1 and sister station BBC Radio 1Xtra.
He said: “Mandela would not approve of the situation at the BBC.”
His comments came during a link on the show.
Amstell said: “What is going on? We’re next to 1Xtra, it’s so white in here. Mandela would not approve of the situation at the BBC.”
When Nick Grimshaw asked why, the guest replied: “Look at all these people in here.” Grimshaw answered: “There’s a lot of people.”
The comedian then said: “Yeah, but look at the segregation that’s happened.”
He then laughed when the producer of the Breakfast Show, Matt Fincham, said: “I don’t think that’s the right thing to be saying right now.”
Amstell added: “Well, someone had to say it. Mandela would say it if he was here.”
At the end of the link Nick Grimshaw said: “Apologies if you were offended by anything that was said earlier.” Amstell replied: “Nothing I said was offensive though.”
So who exactly was he apologising to…and for what? Not to Mandela……It seems that it is the BBC which doesn’t like being accused of ‘apartheid’ policies…despite the fact they are operating them …. the same BBC is all too ready to accuse others, such as Israel, of operating some sort of apartheid, whilst itself running campaigns to silence, smear and malign right wingers and climate sceptics.
What Amstell hadn’t realised of course was that a Black music station is ‘positive discrimination’…the ‘apartheid’ is a good thing…just like having an Asian Network apparently……a policy which suggests that the BBC thinks all those Asians aren’t really British despite being born here…a brown skin means they can’t possibly watch the same telly as the whites, or listen to the same music or eat the same food.
Amstell is right isn’t he?
A Black music station is an oddity…classical music, rock music or a hip hop/rap music station you can understand…but the defining characteristic of a station is that you only need to be ‘Black’ to be played? Clearly the type of music isn’t important.
Just how black is black? When do you lose that certain je ne sais quoi that opens doors at the BBC?