Awkward moment Fiona Bruce is chastised by Nazir Afzal over racism question

Awkward moment Fiona Bruce is chastised by Nazir Afzal over racism question

11/19/2021

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Fiona Bruce and Nazir Afzal OBE had an awkward moment on BBC's Question Time when he says she's picked him to speak because he is a "brown person".

In the awkward clip from the show on Thursday (November 18) an audience member asks a question about allegations of racist abuse made by cricketer Azeem Rafiq.

Bruce looks at solicitor Afzal and asks him to comment, prompting him to laugh and say: "The brown person will answer first."

The presenter quickly fires back: "Nazir, so do you think that was wrong of me to come to you first?"

"I think so," he replies, and then tries to give an answer anyway while Bruce cuts him off.

"Well let's not do it," she says bluntly and then asks panelist Jordan Peterson to speak instead.

Bruce adds: "I'm not being sarcastic at all. I mean if that's how you feel, I respect that."

Later in the programme, Afzal says: "The reality is that brown people, black people, people from minorities are tired of having to continue to describe how much racism we experience on a daily basis."

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Afzal, a former Crown Prosecutor famous for the successful prosecution of the Rochdale child sex abuse ring, later clarified on Twitter: "I have no criticism of Fiona Bruce.

"I made the point that racism is something which everyone should have a view on, not just minorities.

"If the subject was say child or domestic abuse, you wouldn't just ask the victim. It's everybody's business."

Viewers were divided, with some on Twitter saying Afzal was "was spot on" and they believed Bruce had shown "unconscious bias", and others praising how she handled the situation.

Politician Shahrar Ali tweeted: "Afzal is brilliantly insightful on this topic but may have been over-interpreting that situation.

"Plus even if she did want to go to him first because he might have greater insight because of his background or campaigning work that also wouldn't be prejudice."

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