BBC's John Simpson slams 'gender neutral' toilets at Broadcasting House

Ben Arnold
Contributor
John Simpson (Credit: Getty)

John Simpson has slammed the BBC for having ‘gender neutral’ toilets in Broadcasting House.

The veteran war correspondent said that while it doesn’t bother him personally, he’s concerned that it would bother women far more.

“If I were a woman, I’d be really upset about it, I wouldn’t like it at all,” he told the Daily Mail.

“As a man, I’m not too bothered by the idea, but I am a bit. I think it’s worse for women to have gender-neutral toilets than it is for men.

“But then we have to be politically correct these days, don’t we?”

(Credit: AP)

Simpson, who has worked for the BBC for more than 50 years, memorably called his bosses at the corporation ‘b*****ds’ in an interview in 2016.

Statistics released last year show that 417 employees of the BBC’s 21,239 staff indentify as transgender.

A spokesperson told the newspaper: “We are proud to support diversity and have a BBC that is open to everyone, and New Broadcasting House has male and female toilets along with single-occupancy toilets which can be used by any member of staff regardless of gender.”

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