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There’s something so hilariously contradictory about public figures using their platforms to talk about no longer having a platform – or rather, being “cancelled” – and it seems TV historian David Starkey is the latest individual to fail to spot the hypocrisy.
Back in July 2020, Starkey apologised for an interview he gave to Brexiteer Darren Grimes in which he made the extremely offensive claim that slavery wasn’t genocide as there were “so many damn blacks” currently in the UK and Africa.
“An awful lot of them survived,” he added.
The remarks were soon met with widespread condemnation, with former health secretary Sajid Javid describing the comments as “appalling” and historian David Olusoga branding them “truly disgusting”.
The 75-year-old lost his honorary fellowship at Cambridge University, Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent terminated his visiting professorship, and publisher HarperCollins confirmed they would not be publishing any further books with Starkey after the “abhorrent” comments.