The U.Ok.’s Sky community suspended its sport present, “The Chop: Britain’s Prime Woodworker,” pending an investigation, after viewers acknowledged a number of Neo-Nazi and white supremacist tattoos on the face of 1 its contestants in a promotional video.
WHAT THE FUCK, @HISTORYUK? I can see no less than 5 recognised Nazi/white energy tattoos on this man’s face. Get him off the fucking TV proper now. #antiracism https://t.co/cmEeWJY2Xb— Elizabeth Boyle (@thecelticist) October 20, 2020
Darren Lumsden, a wooden joiner from Bristol, was set to look this week on the Nice British Baking Present-styled carpentry competitors, till viewers identified that amongst his many tattoos had been a sig rune, which had been used as a part of SS’s emblem, and the numbers 14, 88, 23 and 16. All are coded white supremacist symbols, according to the ADL.
The quantity 88 is a illustration of the initials of the Nazi salute “Heil Hitler,” whereas 23 and 16 spell out the initials of the phrase “white energy.” The quantity 14 stands for the 14 phrases of the white supremacist slogan “We should safe the existence of our folks and a future for white youngsters.” All are generally utilized in white supremacist circles.
Sky, which co-owns the Historical past U.Ok. Channel that airs the present, initially defended Lumsden.
In a now-deleted tweet, they mentioned that the tattoos “maintain no political or ideological that means by any means,” and that the quantity 88 signified the 12 months 1988, the supposed date of his father’s demise.
Anyway, right here’s the unique tweet they wrote to me that prompted this, earlier than they deleted all the things. “No political or ideological that means by any means.” pic.twitter.com/ztzQFtUNhx— Daybreak Foster (@DawnHFoster) October 20, 2020
Besides Lumsden’s father continues to be very a lot alive.
“I’m right here aren’t I? I’m alive and kicking” Trevor Lumsden, Darren’s father mentioned, when reporters from the Daily Mail confirmed up at his dwelling in Bristol. Trevor Lumsden mentioned that he had not seen his son for “some years.”
Because the revelation, Sky deleted the tweets defending Lumsden and eliminated the promo for the episode that includes him.
“Whereas we examine the character, and that means, of Darren’s tattoos, we have now eliminated the video that includes him from our social media pages, and won’t be broadcasting any episodes of The Chop: Britain’s Prime Woodworker till we have now concluded that investigation,” says an announcement on the show’s site.