THE BBC has been plunged into a racism row after Rishi Sunak was described as “what Prince Charles would look like in brownface”.
The jibe was made on comedy radio show The Leak in which the Chancellor was also ridiculed over the release of a special coin celebrating Britain’s diversity.
Presenter Tom Price chuckled as comedian Leila Navabi accused Mr Sunak of “not representing most brown people”.
She went on to joke: “Rishi Sunak represents a lot of things for us as a society, not least what Prince Charles would look like in brownface.”
But last night, Mr Sunak’s predecessor Sajid Javid told The Sun: “It’s the kind of thing I expect to hear from trolls on Twitter, not the BBC.
“The BBC should celebrate diversity, not sow division. I hope they think more carefully in future.”
Mr Sunak, 40, was born in Hampshire to Indian Hindu parents and last week celebrated a new 50p piece inscribed with the message “Diversity Built Britain”.
But Navabi, 21, dismissed it as a “vacuous grand gesture” and “virtue signalling”.
The Leak, first broadcast on BBC Radio Wales, is still available to download.
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A BBC spokesman said: “In this instance, we believe that the comedian, who was a guest on the programme, was suggesting that Prince Charles and the Chancellor have a passing resemblance.”
The jibes follow days of online attacks on ex-banker Mr Sunak, who married into a wealthy steel dynasty.
Senior Tories leapt to his defence, with Foreign Office Minister James Cleverly tweeting: “The left really don’t like us BAME people being successful, do they.”
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