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Another BBC Radio Presenter In Trouble!!!!

Naeem786 Avatar
8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
A BBC radio presenter was fired after making "completely unacceptable" comments about Asian taxi drivers. Skip related content
Sam Mason, 40, asked a Bristol cab firm not to send an Asian driver to pick up her daughter because "a guy with a turban on is going to freak her out."

The phone operator recorded the conversation and passed a copy of it to The Sun newspaper. Mother-of-one Mason, an ex-TV glamour girl, called the cab firm off-air as she played a song on her BBC Radio Bristol afternoon show, the paper claimed.

Here is a transcript of the conversation, which can be listened to on The Sun website: Mason: "I know this sounds really racist, but I'm not being - please, don't send anyone like, you know what I mean. An English person would be great, a female would be better."

Operator: "We would class that as being racist. We can't penalise the Asian drivers and just send an English one." Mason: "You've managed it before."

Operator: "Right, OK. I don't agree with it personally."

Mason: "It's not your 14-year-old girl who's, you know, is it?" Operator: "Yes, but that's racist to say you don't want an Asian driver." Mason: "If it were me I wouldn't care if it had two heads, but it's my little girl we are talking about."

After asking the woman on the phone to pass the call on to a supervisor, she finally adds: "I work at the BBC. I'm far from racist and that uneducated woman has no right to call me one. I don't want her to turn up with a guy with a turban on, it's going to freak her out. She's not used to Asians.

"She's not racist - her godparents are black."

The BBC confirmed it had fired Mason, but would not say which taxi firm made the complaint. A spokesman said: "Although Sam Mason's remarks were not made on-air, her comments were completely unacceptable and, for that reason, she has been informed that she will no longer be working for the BBC with immediate effect."
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
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#2
Went to school with Sam, she is far from racist :x
banned#3
It may well be racist, but sending it the the papers like that is still invasion of privacy
#4
choc1969
Went to school with Sam, she is far from racist :x


Media will be the media!!!
#5
It's getting ridiculous, i don't agree with what or how she said but sacking her is over the top. Bet the Taxi firm made a few bob from the story though!!!
#6
Gem_whl;3437895
It's getting ridiculous, i don't agree with what or how she said but sacking her is over the top. Bet the Taxi firm made a few bob from the story though!!!


It will soon leak out who they are and then their business will suffer :|
#7
choc1969
Went to school with Sam, she is far from racist :x


Her comments were though.
#8
Gem_whl
It's getting ridiculous, i don't agree with what or how she said but sacking her is over the top. Bet the Taxi firm made a few bob from the story though!!!


choc1969
It will soon leak out who they are and then their business will suffer :|


What so someone can make comments and when they complain its wrong? Why ring up a taxi place and ask for someone to pick her daughter up whos not wearing a turban? Is picking people out?
#9
thesaint;3437927
Her comments were though.


I always ask for a female cab driver......does that make me sexist ?
#10
Naeem786
What so someone can make comments and when they complain its wrong? Why ring up a taxi place and ask for someone to pick her daughter up whos not wearing a turban? Is picking people out?


Same thing I was thinking. What a strange world.
#11
i would take them on for unfair dismissal.
what was said had nothing to do with the job. what grounds could they give for dismissal?
#12
Naeem786;3437935
What so someone can make comments and when they complain its wrong? Why ring up a taxi place and ask for someone to pick her daughter up whos not wearing a turban? Is picking people out?


I don't believe in profiting from such a story......why/how did it get leaked ?
#13
choc1969
I always ask for a female cab driver......does that make me sexist ?


I never said she was racist, I said her comments were.

If you had a similar conversation about a man I would say your comments were sexist.
If I had the same conversation about a gay man, My comments would be homophobic.

Whether that would make you a sexist, or me a homophobe is a different matter.
[mod]#14
choc1969
I always ask for a female cab driver......does that make me sexist ?


Exactly. If someone wants an English driver for their 14 year old child, why not?!
She just didnt use a very diplomatic approach.
#15
Then ask for a white driver or even ring up a taxi firm who only have white people working? But her comments said send someone but make sure he is not wearing a turban as will freak her out? Why will it? What have Hindu's done?
#16
Naeem786
What so someone can make comments and when they complain its wrong? Why ring up a taxi place and ask for someone to pick her daughter up whos not wearing a turban? Is picking people out?


Like i said i dont agree with what she said or how she said it, Just annoys me that someone would get the sack for it when it wasn't even work related, she didn't say it on air.

The taxi firm didn't just complain did they? they went to the sun, if they were serious about making a racial complaint why not complain directly to the BBC???
#17
magicjay1986;3437980
Exactly. If someone wants an English driver for their 14 year old child, why not?!
She just didnt use a very diplomatic approach.


Indeed :? and no doubt her mates will rib her about it but trash tabloids jumping on the BBC hate bandwagon baying for blood
#18
Naeem786
Then ask for a white driver or even ring up a taxi firm who only have white people working? But her comments said send someone but make sure he is not wearing a turban as will freak her out? Why will it? What have Hindu's done?


If she was to of asked for a white driver no doubt you would be saying she's racist anyway? Just because Turban's might not freak you or I out doesn't mean it might not to a 14 year old child.
banned#19
choc1969
I always ask for a female cab driver......does that make me sexist ?


Definately! :thumbsup::w00t:

If they had a problem with the request, why not just decline it. The cab was for the daughter. For all anyone knows she may have been attacked by someone wearing a turban and it freaks her out to be alone with someone wearing one. I'm not suggesting that is the reason or the case - but of course Sam Mason is already hung drawn and quartered by the usual suspects.

(Who the hell is Sam Mason anyway?)
#20
guv;3438043
Definately! :thumbsup::w00t:



:oops:
#21
So its people making money again, so its alright to make racial comments?
#22
how could this be diagnosed as racist she never mentioned anything about creed or colour she would have felt the same if it was a white man wearing a turban this country has become a puppet to the political correct brigade
#23
sevensoily
how could this be diagnosed as racist she never mentioned anything about creed or colour she would have felt the same if it was a white man wearing a turban this country has become a puppet to the political correct brigade


Religion my friend!!! :thumbsup:
#24
Naeem786
What have Hindu's done?


Sikhs wear the turban.
I love Sikhs - they have super temples and weddings!! Just saying
banned#25
stamp out racism
1 Like #26
sevensoily
how could this be diagnosed as racist she never mentioned anything about creed or colour she would have felt the same if it was a white man wearing a turban this country has become a puppet to the political correct brigade



She mentioned Asians, does this make you change your opinion on whether it was a racist comment?

chesso
Sikhs wear the turban.
I love Sikhs - they have super temples and weddings!! Just saying


I've been to two, man they put away some grog.
#27
The caller is the client, if they want someone without a turban, fine.
If they want a female, fine.
If they want a seven-seater, fine.

I really don't see the problem with this at all.
#28
grex9101;3438307
The caller is the client, if they want someone without a turban, fine.
If they want a female, fine.
If they want a seven-seater, fine.

I really don't see the problem with this at all.

Me neither, they're specifying what they want and it's up to the business to supply them with their needs -

People taking adv. of the BBC IMO.
#29
Turn the tables for just a minute:

Do you think that if an asian celebrity called up and asked for an asian driver that there would be ANY discussion like this?

No, exactly. Hence why I question your motive. Apologies if that's not how it was intended.
#30
choc1969
Think you are :thinking:


Of course you do....

I say black, you say white eh? (no pun intended)
#31
grex9101;3438450
Of course you do....

I say black, you say white eh? (no pun intended)


:roll:
#32
choc1969
Yes, especially if they worked for the BBC :whistling:


Let's agree to disagree shall we, perhaps someone else can have their 2p worth.
#33
grex9101;3438464
Let's agree to disagree shall we, perhaps someone else can have their 2p worth.


:thumbsup:
banned 1 Like #34
Naeem786
Why would an asian go against themselves?


True. You don't see much of that!

Think you lost the point he was making though. If an Asian asked the cab firm for an asian driver - there would be no fuss (and rightly so.)
#35
grex9101
Turn the tables for just a minute:

Do you think that if an asian celebrity called up and asked for an asian driver that there would be ANY discussion like this?

No, exactly. Hence why I question your motive. Apologies if that's not how it was intended.


You seemed to ask a question, but then answer it yourself. :?

If an Asian radio presenter said the same thing, I would say it was a racist comment to make.

If she protested her innocence, she would be suspended, not sacked.
Of course we are assuming that the report is accurate.
#36
guv
True. You don't see much of that!

Think you lost the point he was making though. If an Asian asked the cab firm for an asian driver - there would be no fuss (and rightly so.)


Thanks guv, always the diplomat :thumbsup:
#37
thesaint
You seemed to ask a question, but then answer it yourself. :?




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhetorical_question
#38
grex9101
Turn the tables for just a minute:

Do you think that if an asian celebrity called up and asked for an asian driver that there would be ANY discussion like this?

No, exactly. Hence why I question your motive. Apologies if that's not how it was intended.




I see, it's one of "those" threads.
#39
thesaint
I see, it's one of "those" threads.


Just think this PC nonsense has gone too far.

She didn't want a guy with a turban.

Who cares?

It's also worth pointing out that turban wearers can also be English/British WHITE people. If the woman was so bothered about it being a person of foreign extraction then she would have asked for a WHITE driver.

Chinese whispers this one, no-one really knows the full story.
#40
As mentioned before if it was not correct then why bury your head in silence instead of standing up and arguing the case? Surely than means the person is guilty?

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