The BBC has come under fire for the second time in a week after airing the n-word without censorship.
American History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley aired on BBC Two on Saturday night, during which the host spoke about the confederacy, and the freedom of the slaves.
But in a walkthrough of the time period, Lucy covered the reaction to a speech by President Abraham Lincoln, who in 1865 declared at the White House that Black people should be given the right to vote.
John Wilkes Booth, a confederacy supporter who went on to kill the President days later, was enraged by the declaration, and spoke about his plans to quiet Lincoln permanently.
Speaking to the camera, Lucy told the audience: ‘He said, and his words carry a health warning, “that means n****r citizenship. By God, that’s the last speech he will ever make”.’
The clip, which first aired on BBC Four in 2019, soon circulated online with viewers offended at the word’s use, with many calling it ‘extremely unnecessary’.
‘So it’s just accepted that the N word is on the BBC regularly now,’ one person wrote. ‘Is it acceptable or am I the only one continuously offended?’
‘Totally unnecessary,’ another viewer responded. ‘If they felt they HAD to use such an offensive word to illustrate the historical context then they could have chosen to *bleep* the word or dip the audio at that moment.
‘Takes seconds to do and changes none of the narrative while still honouring the story.’
Another reached out to the presenter and historian directly, and asked: ‘Hey @Lucy_Worsley, what’s the logic or reasoning for this? The understanding is the same if you say “the n word”.
‘Also as a white woman, did you genuinely not consider that you should not be saying this word, regardless of whether this is a quote or not?’
‘I wish someone who *is* a part of the BBC would simply come forward and tell us WHY a white person (Worsley) felt the need to say the n-word, even when quoting something,’ another asked.
‘Is there a section of the audience this usage gratifies? Or is the purpose to be inflammatory?’
‘Actually stunned and disgusted @Lucy_Worsley agreed to say the n word on camera like this. She’s senior enough they’d have listen to her “no”,’ said another.
‘As a historian, she must understand the significance of a white woman speaking it on the @BBC, and how hate speech becomes “normalised.”’
Metro.co.uk has contacted the BBC and Lucy Worsley for comment on the show.
The new backlash comes after BBC News was heard using the n-word in a report on a racist attack on an NHS nurse.
The news report, which aired in the morning of July 29, was soon pulled from reuse.
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