Re: Danny Baker sacked
Posted by carlafindle
May 12, 05:22PM
> I like Danny Baker as a broadcaster, and in the
> past when he was on BBC Radio London, his shows
> verged on genius.
> However, thereís always been this balancing act, a
> verge of chaos with his way of broadcasting (and I
> include his Twitter feed). He prided himself on
> not conforming, not turning up with a running list
> of how his show would run, all based on his past
> ability to deliver, mostly or much of it
> off-the-cuff. And for years he pulled it off, he
> had form and could deliver on the day and of the
> moment. In some ways he was a dream ticket for
> producers, though I suspect a nightmare for
> others. He was a broadcasters, broadcaster.
> But itís a Ďlive by the sword, die by the sword
> situation. Baker prides himself, styles his
> reputation on nuance and the power of words, and
> words are there to illustrate thoughts and
> visualise them. He was trading on his
> knowledgeable and knowing ways, and within the
> world he created, he was king. Sadly though here
> heís hung and swung by his own petard, his own
> The litmus test is wether Baker would himself have
> been understanding and/or forgiving if member of
> the establishment he lampoons with such regularity
> ( he admits he has a file of stock images to do
> so) had made such an error of judgment. Iím fairly
> sure heíd have been taken (rightly) to task, and
> Baker knows this.
> But is Baker a racist? Iím not sure wholly, but
> the post on Twitter hit all the notes of that
> category. Though Iím not sure if Ďracistí is a
> 100% binary thing. I think most people in the high
> percentile Ďdonít want to be perceived as racistsí
> though there are deep seated and ingrained tropes
> in the world that we work hard on removing, both
> from society and ourselves.
> In this and other incidents it turns out thoughts
> to ourselves, in a Ďthank f**k I didnít do thatí
> and maybe itís a light shone on a before we even
> moment, where we reflect and pause before we open
> our mouths, or post about such things.
Fair comment, well said.