Tuesday, 15 November 2016

BBC Radio 1 Show Accused Of Transphobic Game

The BBC has come under criticism for a new segment on their popular Radio 1 breakfast show, where host Nick Grimshaw is joined by comedian and television personality David Walliams to play a game entitled 'I'm A  Lady', where they encourage the public to call in so that the hosts can guess if people are male or female just from the sound of their voice.

The name of the game comes from a popular series of sketched from Walliam's television show 'Little Britain', where it was a catchphrase of the character Emily Howard.  The sketches were often mocking of the transgender community, something that people have complained about in regards to the new radio game.

'I've been caught out by this a lot of times over the years.  You wake up in the morning and you're in for a surprise.'  Walliams joked before the game began.

Sadly for Walliams and Grimshaw the game was met with some criticism online, with a number of people taking to Twitter to express their anger over the game, with one commenter even pointing out the poor timing of the game in the lead up to the Trans Day of Rememberance on 20 November, in which the community mourns those lost over the last 12 months.

So far neither Walliams, Grimshaw nor the BBC have commented on the incident.


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