BBC apologizes for talking on-air about a plant known as a – black man’s willy
From the article:
Gardeners’ Question Time is not normally known for turning the airwaves blue.
But panellists on the Radio 4 show had to fight off fits of giggles as they talked about, otherwise known as Black Man’s Willy.
Panellist Bob Flowerdew ended up admitting he had ‘only ever seen one close up â and not that colour’.
Then, Anne Swithinbank claimed: ‘I’ve never seen one in my life,’ before giving tips about the vine.
‘They don’t really like the cold, as you can imagine,’ she said. ‘They shrivel up and look very unhappy.’
The panel, in Radstock, Somerset, let the innuendos sprout after the query. Mrs Swithinbank suggested that questioner Baz G should ‘eventually harden up’ his plants and give them ‘a good long growing season’.
Producer Trevor Taylor was tickled by the three-minute discussion. He said: ‘The humour came from Anne struggling to get through the question without laughing or backing into a corner.’
Despite the jokes, some listeners complained of offensive racial stereotyping.
‘Innuendo has been a part of Radio 4 for decades. It started with Round The Horn but it’s new on Gardeners’ Question Time,’ Mr Taylor added.
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