BBC presenters Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt were at the center of a social media storm last month after making fun of MP Robert Jenrick’s Union flag.
And the Beeb has now reportedly had to bring the police in over the threat of some of the messages his complaint team had received.
BBC stars Naga and Charlie make fun of Robert Jenrick’s flag
During an episode of BBC Breakfast in March, Naga and Charlie interviewed the Housing Secretary, after which Charlie mocked the size of the flag in the background of Robert Jenrick’s video call and sarcastically quipped that it wasn’t big enough.
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Naga chuckled at Charlie’s comments and also pointed out that there was a portrait of the queen on the wall behind him.
Over 6,000 complaints have been filed with the BBC, most of which are reported to have involved Naga.
Many showed blatant racism / misogyny, reported Private Eye, while complainants classified 70 as abusive.
Your flag does not match the measurements of standard size government interviews. I think it’s just a little small.
They also referred four to the BBC’s own security and investigation team for being of a threatening nature – and the police are now involved.
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What happened at the BBC breakfast?
At the end of the chat, Charlie said, “Robert Jenrick, thank you. I think your flag does not match standard size government interview measurements.
“I think it’s just a little small, but this is really your department.”
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Naga then covered her mouth as she laughed at Charlie’s joke while Robert looked amused and said nothing.
Charlie added and filled the following silence with “Just a thought” and looked over at Naga.
Naga remarked, “There is always a flag” and continued, “And a picture of the Queen there too, in the Westminster office, I suppose.”
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