A TV carpentry expertise present referred to as The Chop has been cancelled after only one episode as a result of a contestant had face tattoos “that may very well be linked to far-right ideologies”.
Sky Historical past introduced it could not broadcast any extra episodes of a programme, hosted by Lee Mack and Rick Edwards, which was meant to be like a woodworking model of The Great British Bake Off.
One episode had been proven however the collection was halted after viewers noticed, in a trailer, symbols on the face of contestant Darren Lumsden that are generally utilized by Nazi extremists. They included the quantity 88, usually used as a numerical code for “Heil Hitler”, as within the eighth letter of the alphabet repeated.
At first the channel defended Lumsden, a joiner from Bristol, stating that similarity between his tattoos and Nazi symbols was “fully incidental” and that background checks had confirmed he had no hyperlinks or affiliations to racist teams or views.
It was mentioned the quantity 88 referred to 1988, the 12 months of Lumsden’s father’s dying.
The Daily Mail subsequently tracked down Lumsden’s father Trevor, who lives near his son and who declared to a reporter: “I’m right here aren’t I? I’m alive and kicking, so I’m not useless but.”
On Friday, Sky History said that following an investigation a choice had been taken by AETN UK to not broadcast any additional episodes of the collection on the channel.
It continued: “A contestant’s tattoos included symbols that may very well be linked to far-right ideologies and will trigger offence; we sincerely apologise for that, and we’re sorry that our processes didn’t immediate additional investigation at an earlier stage.
“The contestant continues to strenuously deny that he has, or ever had, far-right leanings.
“We’re completely reviewing our inner processes following the investigation. AETN UK and Sky Historical past stand in opposition to racism and hate speech of all types.”
Lumsden, nicknamed The Woodman, was one in every of ten contestants going through carving, chopping and whittling challenges in Epping Forest, Essex. The eventual winner, “Britain’s high woodworker”, was to be rewarded with an exhibition on the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London.