Naga Munchetty praised by drag performer on BBC Breakfast for 'calling out racism'

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BBC Breakfast guest Amrou Al-Kadhi put on a show of support for Naga Munchetty today on the programme as the drag performer declared “all people of colour were standing alongside [her] the past week”.

Munchetty found herself at the centre of a media storm after the BBC ruled she’d breached impartiality guidelines after branding tweets sent by US president Donald Trump as being “embedded in racism”.

However, this week saw the decision overturned after the BBC’s director-general Tony Hall reviewed the case.

Naga Munchetty arrives at MediaCityUK in Salford to host BBC Breakfast for the first time since she was at the centre of an impartiality row over her criticism of Donald Trump. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 3, 2019. It is her first on-screen appearance on the BBC Breakfast sofa since a ruling originally made by the BBCs Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) was overturned by the corporations Director-General Tony Hall. See PA story MEDIA Munchetty. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Naga Munchetty arrives at MediaCityUK in Salford to host BBC Breakfast for the first time since she was at the centre of an impartiality row over her criticism of Donald Trump. (Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

The presenter has since remained tight-lipped on the subject which was not broached on BBC Breakfast until today.

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Al-Kadhi was on the programme to discuss their new book, Unicorn, which details their experience as a Muslim drag queen but began the interview by addressing Munchetty.

The performer declared: “Naga I just wanted to say I’m so excited to be here with you. And all people of colour were standing alongside you the past week.

Amrou Al-Kadhi put on a show of solidarity for Naga Munchetty. (BBC)
Amrou Al-Kadhi put on a show of solidarity for Naga Munchetty. (BBC)

“Us sisters have to stick together, and it’s never, never biased to call out racism. So it’s a real honour to be here with you today.”

Munchetty replied: “Thank you for your thoughts.”

Guest Amrou Al-Kadhi brought up the overturning of the ruling against Naga Munchetty. (BBC)
Guest Amrou Al-Kadhi brought up the overturning of the ruling against Naga Munchetty. (BBC)

Al-Kadhi later shared a message to Twitter where they said they were “very proud” to “show solidarity” with Munchetty, whom they described as “absolutely wonderful”.

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Following Lord Hall’s review of the case, he said in an email to staff that Munchetty had only broken guidelines in a “limited way”.

He added: “But, in this instance, I don’t think Naga’s words were sufficient to merit a partial uphold of the complaint around the comments she made.”

Munchetty had received a show of support from famous faces including Sir Lenny Henry, Afua Hirsch and Gina Yashere.

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