‘Silly woman!’ Britons react as Fiona Bruce apologises for calling QT guest ‘the black guy’

‘Silly woman!’ Britons react as Fiona Bruce apologises for calling QT guest ‘the black guy’

Britons react to Fiona Bruce calling a Question Time audience member a 'black guy'

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Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 09/10/2023

- 11:19

Updated: 09/10/2023

- 12:28

The Question Time presenter singled out a member of the audience as "the black guy"

Members of the British public have shared their thoughts on the latest controversy to rock the BBC, after Question Time presenter Fiona Bruce referred to an audience member as "the black guy".

Bruce, 59, was attempting to single out a member of the audience during the show, to which she said “the guy there in the middle, the black guy in the middle. Yes, you sir.”

Following the broadcast of the incident, both Bruce and the BBC have issued an apology to the audience member, claiming that she was "wrong".

Speaking to people on the street, GB News West Midlands reporter Jack Carson asked Brits what they thought of the incident and Bruce's apology.

Member of the public speaks to GB News

Brits reacted to Fiona Bruce's apology, after calling an audience member 'the black guy'

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Jack asked: “Do you think it was right that Fiona Bruce apologized for calling somebody in the Question Time audience, the black guy? Do you think she should have apologised for that?”

One Brit said: “No, actually not. Because he is a black guy, and you should accept that.

“There's nothing wrong with saying that white lady or that black guy or that Asian guy.”

Another responded: “I don't think so. No. I mean, you can use the word black, can't you? It wasn't derogatory in any way, way, shape or form.

“And it's just an instant reaction to somebody in the crowd that stands out to me. That's my opinion.”

A third slammed Bruce for her apology, asking: “Why would she apologise? Why would she apologise for calling the black man a black man?

“Silly woman! It just goes too far. He's a black man, so why would you not say that black man, just like that lady in white or whatever.

“I'm surprised that she apologised for something like that. PC has just gone too far. Crazy, but there you go. I'm surprised at Fiona Bruce because I quite like her.”

Fiona Bruce presents BBC Question Time

Fiona Bruce issued an apology to the audience member following the incident


When Jack asked another member of the public if Bruce should have apologised, he agreed: “Oh, I definitely do, Yeah. Shouldn't be any racial discrimination. Definitely.”

Another supported the apology, admitting: “I saw the clip and it kind of looked like… I saw other examples where she never referred to someone's colour.

"So it definitely did stand out. So I can understand why she felt the need to apologise, but it's your own kind of decision whether you want to apologise or not.

"I would say probably she is right because if you're in a position like that, you just need to treat everyone the same instead of just putting out obviously the racial characteristics.”

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