Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says she was “ambushed” during a news segment in which she was pitted against a staunch supporter of President-elect Donald Trump. Now, she’s calling out the BBC.
In an appearance on the BBC’s “Newsnight” which aired Nov. 11, Adichie shut down Trump supporter R. Emmett Tyrrel during a post-election debate. Tyrell insisted that the president-elect did not stoke fires of racism and hatred amongst Americans, with which Adichie strongly disagreed.
In the video, below, Adichie responded:
“I’m sorry, but as a white man, you don’t get to define what racism is, you really don’t. You don’t get to sit there and say he hasn’t been racist when objectively he has.”
The video has gone viral in the two weeks since it appeared online, receiving close to a million views on YouTube alone.
On Nov. 25, Adichie issued a statement about the heated exchange via her official Facebook. The Americanah author accused the BBC of failing to inform her that she would not be interviewed about the election individually but joined by a Trump supporter for a panel debate. She wrote that by “sneakily” pitting her against a Tyrell, the network was using “a deliberately adversarial strategy” in order to get good TV.
“I wanted to walk away, but decided not to. I was already there. And I did want to talk about the election, which I had experienced in a deeply personal way,” Adichie continues in her statement.
Source: Black Voices | Zeba Blay