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Outcry When BBC's 'Gardeners Questions' Handle A 'Black Man's Willy'

BBC Radio Phwore

For those who have never heard BBC Radio Four's Gardeners Questions, it's the closest thing you can come to a favorite comfy chair and a mug of coco on the radio in the predominantly white middle class homes of the UK.

A panel of gardening experts answer questions phoned or written to them...

A listener phoned in to ask about the Rhodochiton Volubilis, otherwise known as a BMW, Black Man's Willy.

This is a black man's willy:
Rhodochiton Volubilis (aka black man's willy)
Rhodochiton Volubilis (aka black man's willy)

If you are easily offended it's probably best to click away now.

The problem seems to be that the panel tried to make light of the question... and made a number of comments laden with innuendo...

According to a report we saw on the Daily Mail website, a gardening author said he had "only ever seen one close up - and not that colour".

According to the same newspaper, a female horticulturist followed up with: "I've never seen one in my life. They don't really like the cold, as you can imagine. They shrivel up and look very unhappy."

There was hilarity all round, but the BBC received a number of complaints and have now ruled that the comments should never have been broadcast as they were potentially racially offensive.

 

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