A Tv set carpentry talent exhibit named The Chop has been cancelled just after just one episode since a contestant had confront tattoos “that could be linked to much-ideal ideologies”.
Sky Background announced it will not broadcast any a lot more episodes of a programme, hosted by Lee Mack and Rick Edwards, which was meant to be a woodworking model of The Wonderful British Bake Off.
1 episode had been proven but the series was halted just after viewers spotted, in a trailer, symbols on the confront of contestant Darren Lumsden which are frequently applied by Nazi extremists. They bundled the number 88, typically applied as a numerical code for “Heil Hitler”, as in 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 “entirely incidental” and that background checks had confirmed he had no links or affiliations to racist groups or sights.
It was claimed the number 88 referred to 1988, the 12 months of Lumsden’s father’s death.
The Day by day Mail subsequently tracked down Lumsden’s father Trevor, who lives near to his son and who declared to a reporter: “I’m in this article aren’t I? I’m alive and kicking, so I’m not dead nonetheless.”
On Friday, Sky Background claimed that pursuing an investigation a determination had been taken by AETN Uk not to broadcast any more episodes of the series on the channel.
It ongoing: “A contestant’s tattoos bundled symbols that could be linked to much-ideal ideologies and could induce offence we sincerely apologise for that, and we are sorry that our processes did not prompt more investigation at an earlier stage.
“The contestant continues to strenuously deny that he has, or ever had, much-ideal leanings.
“We are totally examining our internal processes pursuing the investigation. AETN Uk and Sky Background stand from racism and dislike speech of all kinds.”
Lumsden, nicknamed The Woodman, was one of 10 contestants struggling with carving, chopping and whittling problems in Epping Forest, Essex. The eventual winner, “Britain’s major woodworker”, was to be rewarded with an exhibition at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London.