BBC Radio 1 Has Twice Apologised To Staff Over Mullatto Maya Jama Racist Twitter Scandal
“They underestimated the strength of feeling from staff about the remarks.”
When old tweets from Maya Jama’s Twitter account resurfaced in April, her legion of fans were left shocked.
“‘Dark skin bitches shaving their head expecting to look like Amber Rose, when really they end up looking like Michael Jordon’. Looooooooool,” was a 2012 tweet from @MayaJama that suddenly appeared in people’s timelines.
In another tweet from 2013, Jama retweeted an image of a black woman with the comment “bitches be like shine bright like a diamond,” adding the caption “team shadow”.
Jama, of Swedish and Somali descent, joined BBC Radio 1 in January 2018. Much has been pinned on the rising star, with station manager Ben Cooper saying she was part of the BBC’s “next generation of superstars”. But the old tweets about race and colorism provoked an outpouring an anger online and among staff at the BBC.
It led to two personal apologies – the first was deleted after it was also criticised – with Jama writing, “it was ignorant & careless, colorism is not something to be entertained ever & I do not support it, What I reposted was unacceptable in every way and I was wrong for that again I’m sorry.”