BBC in racism row over fried chicken social media post

The BBC has been accused of racism after it posted a video online asking “Black people and fried chicken – is there any truth in it?”

The corporation put the video on Newsbeat’s Twitter feed, on the last day of Black History Month, to promote a documentary about racism faced by black people in today’s Britain.

A tagline, “Black people and fried chicken – is there any truth in it?”, which accompanied the clip was later removed.

The video was later reposted with a change in accompanying text, stating: “We’re talking about being black and British, the stereotypes you might face, like this one?”

In the film, which asks “Is it true all black people like chicken?” a black girl states: “It’s not the only food that we eat.”

A white girl says: “Apparently it makes your bum bigger so a lot of black girls that I know, they are always like, yeah, ‘you know, I eat loads of chicken because it makes your bum bigger’.”

And a white man adds: “Certain cartoons and films and things like that, they have played on that stereotype a little bit.”

The video drew criticism on Twitter, even after the headline was changed.

The short films still remain on Twitter and Newsbeat’s social media accounts.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “These short films show young people from various backgrounds discussing their experiences of dealing with different stereotypes, which accompanies a wider documentary looking at racism in the UK.”

The tweet linked to a documentary posted on the BBC iPlayer, in which reporter Nesta McGregor examines the Black Lives Matter movement.

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