Emma Barnett left the microphone to address Kelechi Okafor’s alleged anti-Semitic remarks.
On BBC Woman’s Hour, a row broke out when a booked guest declined to appear after hearing remarks made by the host about her. After host Emma Barnett mistakenly left her microphone on during a conversation with her producers in which she challenged anti-Semitic remarks attributed to Okafor in 2017, actress Kelechi Okafor canceled a scheduled discussion about the MeToo campaign, describing her treatment on Twitter as ‘completely degrading and filthy’. Also on the Zoom call were other Woman’s Hour guests, including Sarah Brown of the End Violence Against Women alliance. Brown quoted Okafor’s comment on Twitter, in which she said they should have discussed it directly with her if the program had “a real concern,” and said Woman’s Hour should apologize for its appalling treatment to Okafor. “The dispute Barnett referred to exploded in 2017 when Okafor responded to comments made by BBC presenter Reggie Yates, according to the Jewish Chronicle, who reported that grime stars were always treated by “some random fat Jewish guy from northwest London.”
In her podcast, she is believed to have said, “Are these Jewish managers not from North West London?” . She is believed to have added later in the same podcast, “. Later in the same podcast, she is believed to have added, ”
If you’re familiar with the play of Shakespeare, you’ll know what I’m looking at” -an allusion to the anti-Semitic portrayal of Shylock in the Merchant of Venice. Since then, the podcast episode has been removed from SoundCloud. Okafor said the concerns raised by Barnett were the “same stupid rumor or the same stupid outrage that began a few years in an Instagram Live video posted after Wednesday’s events.
“On Wednesday afternoon, Barnett issued a statement saying that Okafor overheard a discussion “with my manufacturers about her supposed anti-Semitic remarks.” She said she then addressed the issue directly with Okafor and “stuck with my questions and said she might represent her answer on the air.” She said she would have been pleased to have Okafor on the show, “but it is also my responsibility to ask people what qu qu qu qu qu qu qu
And about any past conflicts that could impact her opinions. A BBC spokesperson said, “A BBC spokesperson said, ” After replacing Jane Garvey and Dame Jenni Murray as the host, this is Barnett’s first week on Woman’s Hour.
She took up her new job, having previously been the presenter of the morning program for Radio 5 Live.