BBC’s Amol Rajan apologizes for using slur — about seaweed

He needs kelp.

BBC anchor apologizes violently after environmental activist remarks Corrected him on air Friday For using the offensive term “seaweed” when referring to “marine algae”.

British naturalist Chris Packham told Radio 4 ‘Today’ host Amol Rajan to avoid using generic nicknames when talking about marine plants that have recently flooded the shores of Britain’s southwest coast. asked.

“Finally, please be polite, but watch your language. Wouldn’t it be better to say seaweed rather than seaweed? The word weed quickly becomes a disadvantage, doesn’t it?” Packham, who hosts Springwatch, said:

Rajan apologized for interrupting the guest.

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I actually looked it up and it was still wrong, so this is important,” the host said.

The list-slapped came after a host told viewers that “unpleasant clumps of seaweed were causing a terrible stench” in the beautiful seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, while beachgoers complained of “magnetized kelp.” I had to walk on a “carpet”.

Packham urged swimmers complaining of seaweed odors to “keep a close eye on it.”
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Another guest on the show, a frequent visitor to Weymouth Beach, said she tried swimming in the algae in recent weeks, but the smell became so unpleasant that she drove to another beach about 60 miles away. Told.

Packham said people complaining about odors need to be “caught” and focused on the importance of seaweed. Seaweeds serve as producers of oxygen, breeding grounds for fish, and especially important links in the marine food chain. British coast.

Conservationists have said the recent swarms of marine algae on Britain’s beaches were only a temporary problem and could be blamed on unseasonable winds.

Amol Rajan
Amol Rajan immediately apologized for using the offensive seaweed slur.
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“Frankly, given the crisis we are in in terms of the environment and biodiversity, we should be focusing on the bigger issue, and how the people who showed up in Weymouth were living in a small membrane of marine algae. I ask them when they complain about the fires, they should look to Canada, where a lot of the United States is covered in toxic gas,” Packham said.

“So let’s understand nature, and let nature tolerate… In Britain people love nature when it’s not an inconvenience, but the moment they slide down on some kind of algae, Everyone gets up.”

Despite lashing out at Rajan for using offensive terms, Packham called kelp seaweed and urged beachgoers to take their children to the beach despite the algae piled up. .

People enjoying Weymouth beach
Packham said Weymouth’s beaches have been suffering from seaweed influx in recent weeks due to unseasonable winds.
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“I want them to pop an emphysematous cyst in the space between their bladders. It’s a lot of fun sliding and gliding over the seaweed and I want people to realize that this material has a global role to play.” is,” he said.

Rajan did not correct Packham’s use of slander.

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