The BBC Had To Apologize After Orlando Bloom Said A Racial Slur On Air

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Orlando Bloom is in hot water after repeatedly using a racial slur live on air during a radio interview with BBC 1. The actor, who was interviewed by Nick Grimshaw on Tuesday, used a term considered offensive to people who are Travellers and Gypsies when talking about his upcoming movie, Unlocked. Following the interview, Grimshaw, Bloom, and a spokesperson for the BBC apologized for any offense the 40-year-old's comments may have caused.
The incident in question occurred after Grimshaw asked Bloom if he did his own stunts.
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"I'm still a pikey from Kent, boy. I'm still a pikey from Kent," he replied. "You don't want to get on the wrong side of me, boy."
In an official statement, the BBC apologized for Bloom's use of the term, which is considered derogatory towards Travellers and Gypsies.
"As with any live broadcast, we take great care to ensure all guests are briefed about their language before going on air," a BBC 1 spokesperson said in a statement. "We apologised to listeners afterwards for any offence caused."
The initial apology came from Grimshaw who, after the interview, addressed the viewers directly.
"So good to have Orlando Bloom on the show... he's a bit of a loose cannon," Grimshaw explained. "Apologies if you were offended by anything that Orlando may have said."
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Orlando later clarified his remarks, saying he didn't mean any disrespect when he used the term.
"I've come from Kent and I grew up with a lot of, like, freewheeling, cool, interesting characters like that," he explained. "I certainly wasn't taking a slant at that at all. I'm very respectful."
According to Marie Claire, fans found his use of the word particularly tone deaf since the company had recently aired a program explaining exactly why the term was offensive — sounds like Bloom missed it. Hopefully, the star will take the time to re-educate himself on the term and be more thoughtful with his words in the future.
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