Anti-vaxxers once again proved on Monday that they get all their information from “reliable sources” after they attempted to storm BBC headquarters, only to get completely the wrong building.
The large group of protesters attempted to storm BBC Television Centre in White City, west London following a gathering at Shepherd’s Bush Green organised by an anti-lockdown group called Official Voice. However, the problems for the group soon became quite apparent as the BBC no longer uses this building.
In fact, the Beeb vacated the building in 2013. It’s now mostly luxury flats and a series of TV studios used by ITV for shows like This Morning and Loose Women, the latter of which was reportedly on the air at the type of the attempted invasion (Co-host Charlene White later thanked the security team who dealt with the incident). Most BBC staff in London are based at Broadcasting House on Portland Place, between Oxford Street and Regent’s Park.
Several videos shared to social media broadcast the group attempting to force their way into the Television Centre building, shouting “shame on you, shame on you,” accusing BBC of “not giving out the right information.” One demonstrator shouted that “they are coming for our f****** children,” likely in reference to children’s Covid vaccinations.
Protest getting very heated at bbc studios white city, London against the jabs for children.. https://t.co/5YrCDtxuCm— Gillian McKeith (@Gillian McKeith) 1628517454
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said that they were “aware of a group of demonstrators who, having set off from Shepherds Bush Green shortly after 1pm” that were later “gathered outside commercial premises in Wood Lane, White City.”
“There have been no arrests but officers are in attendance and will continue to monitor the situation,” they continued.
Given that anti-vaxxers in recent months have become more vocal and more radicalised in their approach to the Covid vaccines, people had little sympathy for their bizarre attempt at a coup and the jokes naturally wrote themselves.
Was coming back home from centre of London and read about the anti-vax protests at BBC TV Centre, so went a differe… https://t.co/Y872tupMi4— David Baddiel (@David Baddiel) 1628530042
Anti-vaxxers and anti-lockdowners don’t listen to MSM lies. They do their own research. Which is why they end up p… https://t.co/vvrLKe99cf— David Schneider (@David Schneider) 1628531066
Anti-Vaxx protestors storming the old BBC Television Centre to hold the BBC responsible for... vaccine passports?… https://t.co/CH3CvPu98D— Jim Waterson (@Jim Waterson) 1628519864
Amazing. Antivax protestors storm Television Centre… which the BBC left in 2013. So they’re effectively storming… https://t.co/0kRwcN6NB7— Matthew Thompson (@Matthew Thompson) 1628518292
The anti-vax movement trying to storm the BBC but the BBC had moved out of Television Centre seven years ago is the… https://t.co/B8976zzM5Q— Scott Bryan (@Scott Bryan) 1628524501
So this is wild... anti-vaxxers demonstrating outside the Shepherd's Bush studios today.... clearly thinking that i… https://t.co/hvOJpAwFh2— Otto English (@Otto English) 1628518938
Antivaxxers storming the wrong BBC headquarters cause they couldn’t be bothered to check sources is *chefs kiss*— Kiln Girl Rose (@Kiln Girl Rose) 1628534207
Dear anti-vaxxers… The BBC moved out of Television Centre YEARS ago. I guess you proved our point yet again thoug… https://t.co/lQpFl1Pwm6— Ranj Singh (@Ranj Singh) 1628530113
Andrew Neil and Piers Morgan were among those who couldn’t help but mock those involved for this embarrassing case of mistaken identity.
Anti-vaxxers protest BBC coverage of pandemic by storming a building in White City. A building the BBC vacated in 2… https://t.co/AGBU1b1N1K— Andrew Neil (@Andrew Neil) 1628520503
It’s ITV’s HQ now, you f*cking imbeciles. https://t.co/PXbGhQoXxs— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan) 1628518815
There were even memes of the debacle.
Anti-vaxxers: a 3-act tragedy. https://t.co/LbWdC8tBWz— The Poke (@The Poke) 1628577000
After sticking it to the BBC, the anti-vax protest moves on to Wembley Stadium. https://t.co/skbKKbgmWf— Darryl Morris (@Darryl Morris) 1628524343
DOWN WITH PEBBLE MILL! https://t.co/07rIkGFpBK— Joo (@Joo) 1628531347
Storming Television Centre to find the BBC news studios is like storming Craven Cottage to find the Champions League trophy.— Richard Osman (@Richard Osman) 1628523095
We've stormed the BBC Television Centre by mistake! https://t.co/UssqeuVODv— Lapsedcat (@Lapsedcat) 1628519725
#antivaxxers company HQ Protest Dates & Companies for this week. 09/08 BBC House 10/08 Rumbelows 11/08 Blockbuster… https://t.co/IiX1fG1rRj— Omicron Bull. (@Omicron Bull.) 1628540993
Oh god, the anti-vaxxers have started protesting Costa https://t.co/8hofFUmxA2— Danny Wallace (@Danny Wallace) 1628526926
Let’s just say these people pride themselves on doing their own independent research but they clearly haven’t watched television in quite some time. Still...get your vaccine as not only will it protect you from coronavirus, it might also prompt you to check Wikipedia every now and again.