BBC article on Queen sparks outrage

The broadcaster disabled comments under the tweet after being accused of ‘renaming colonialism’

The BBC has disabled comments under a Tweeter celebrating Queen Elizabeth II “long-standing relationship” with Africa after the post sparked public outrage, with people calling the tribute a “rebranding of colonialism”.

The message in question was posted on Twitter by the BBC’s Africa branch on Thursday following the death of the longtime monarch, and featured a four-and-a-half-minute video celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s relationship with Africa and its leaders throughout its life. 70 years of reign.

However, a number of people took issue with the post, saying the BBC was trying to “renaming colonialism” by watering down British rule over Africa, which continued until the end of the 20th century. In 1980, Zimbabwe became the last African country to gain independence from the United Kingdom.

Many went on to provide examples of how African freedom fighters have suffered at the hands of their British oppressors over the years, with some users citing the anti-colonial Mau Mau uprising in Kenya which resulted in 1.5 million Kenyans in British concentration camps and intensive patrols. villages, amid widespread starvation and torture.

“She became queen while touring Kenya. Africans were separated, enslaved, tortured and killed in their own lands,” wrote one Twitter user. “That’s what the BBC considers a long-term relationship.”

“We never had a relationship with Elizabeth, it was imperialism and colonialism, which means it was forced on us. COLONIAL relationship,” another pointed out.

Some, however, tried to defend the post, with one person writing that people were now using the Queen’s death as a way to criticize everything Britain has done over the past 70 years.

As the negative outpouring continued, the BBC Africa account eventually decided to ban all new comments under the post and now only allows those flagged by the channel itself to contribute to the thread.

Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.


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