BBC star Reggie Yates has apologised for the use of the expression “fat Jew” in a recent podcast.
In the interview, he said: “The thing that makes it great about this new generation of (music) artists, that’s what they do is not the signature of the majors.
“They are independent, they are not managed by a chance of the fat Jewish north-west London, they are managed by their brothers and sisters.”
Yates said in a statement: “I am very sorry for this comment offhand.”
He spoke of DJ Chuckie Lothian in an episode of the Halfcast Podcast, who was recently shared on SoundCloud.
Yates of the declaration continues: “This was not my intention to offend or reinforce stereotypes, but I am aware that this could be interpreted that way and I am deeply sorry.
“What I was really trying to say is how proud I am of the new generation of artists to make their success, regardless of their own terms and without giving control or their rights of major record labels.””The ugly stereotype’
Following the comments, the DJ and filmmaker has been accused by some of anti-Semitism.
In a post on the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) website, a statement on Yates’s comments read: “obviously, someone who sees fit to voice these points of view, and only an apology at the time of capture should not be presented by the BBC as a role model for young people.”
Gideon Falter, chairman of the CAA, told the Telegraph that Yates ” comments “evoke the ugly stereotype of Jews as untrustworthy and money-grabbing”.
He added that Yates must “reflect long and hard” about what he had said.
The BBC has refused to comment.
Richard Ferrer, editor of the Jewish Times, said: “Coming from a successful role model, this nasty comment, so casually, is all the more chilling. His apologies are welcome. I hope that this is sincere.”
Dave Rich of the Community Security Trust, a charity that tackles anti-Semitism, said that many people find Yates’s comments offensive.
“Even worse than a crime is the message that Yates gives his audience by the strengthening of an anti-Semitic stereotype,” he said.
Yates has presented on Radio 1, was a regular Top of the Pops presenter and a co-host on the Voice of The united KINGDOM. He faced many BBC documentaries, including Gay and Under Attack on homosexuality in Russia and Reggie Yates: race Riots in the USA.
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