Julie Burchill, a Sunday Telegraph columnist, was fired for sending a racist
tweet shortly after Meghan Markle
and Prince Harry
announced the birth of their second child.
On Sunday, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
revealed the name Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor for their daughter, Burchill tweeted, "What a missed opportunity! They could've named it Georgina Floydina!"
Meghan spoke about George Floyd
and other victims of police brutality
in a graduation
address last year, shortly after the 46-year-old Black man was killed by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin
, who was later found guilty of murder
Before Burchill's Twitter
account was deactivated, Stardia captured screenshots of her racist tweets and retweets:
Burchill announced on her Facebook
page on Tuesday, two days after the initial tweet, that she had been "sacked by the Telegraph." Journalist
Nadine White was the first to report Burchill's dismissal.
“It’s been a lovely five years, and I’ll always be grateful to them for bringing my Wilderness Years to an end,” Burchill, who goes by Julie Raven on Facebook, said in a post that notably did not include an apology
“However, I'd be lying if I said I hadn't recently moaned to my husband about how they always reject my *edgy* column ideas and give me more pedestrian ones - which I've done splendidly anyway,” she said.
On Tuesday, Omid Scobie, a royal biographer and Harper's Bazaar royal editor at large, confirmed Burchill's firing with a Telegraph spokesperson, adding that "a source confirms that she was fired following her racist tweets about the Sussexes' second child (and refusal to apologize for them)."
On Monday and Tuesday, neither The Telegraph nor The Spectator responded to Stardia's request for comment.
praised Burchill as a "warrior" and an "inspiration" in the comments section of her Facebook post, and wondered why she had been fired.
Over the years, Burchill has been involved in a number of racist and offensive incidents, including encouraging racist abuse of Ash Sarkar, a journalist and activist, in December 2020.
Burchill accused Sarkar of idolizing a pedophile in a series of ongoing attacks that fueled Islamophobic, racist, and sexist harassment about Sarkar's appearance and sex life.
According to the BBC
, after Sarkar filed a lawsuit
, Burchill apologized for her defamatory remarks and was forced to pay damages; her book on cancel culture
, titled “Welcome to the Woke Trials: How #Identity Killed Progressive Politics
,” was also canceled as a result, though the columnist eventually found another publisher who picked up the book in March 2021.
Burchill is not the only one who has had to deal
with the fallout from a racist tweet about the royal baby sent over the weekend.
Joanna Toch, a former British
Olympian and lawyer, was suspended from the family law firm she founded on Monday after responding to Burchill's "Georgina Floydina" remark.
Toch responded to Burchill's initial tweet, mocking the Black Lives Matter
movement and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, with "No Doria? Don't black names matter?"
Burchill said she "was hoping for Doria Oprah, the racist rotters," to which Toch responded, "Doprah?"
When you're down a couple of glasses of wine on a Sunday evening, it's all "Let's be racist against a new born baby" and then "These Tweets are protected" when you face the consequences in the morning @Joannatoch pic.twitter.com/ZCUNXq7rvt — AM (@iDontHaveTawita) June 7, 2021
Toch quickly changed his mind after the tweets went viral
“I am deeply sorry for the comment and what I mistook for a joke,” Toch wrote, adding, “I have fought against racism
in my professional life, which is abhorrent. I am not a judge
, and I have children
of color, and I sincerely apologize.”
Toch's firm, Family Law Cafe Limited, said in a statement on Monday that she had been suspended "with immediate effect pending an internal review," and that her remarks were "offensive" and "unacceptable."
Oh, and shout out to family law barrister @Joannatoch, who responded to that tweet with her own - since deleted - offerings that had all the creativity and finesse you'd expect from an 8-year-old. Now apologising swiftly and unreservedly, as you'd expect from a legal professional. pic.twitter.com/fvas1JDYMS — Elizabeth Pears (@BizPears)
Meghan has faced racist and misogynistic attacks in the press, on social media
, and in her personal life since she began dating
Harry. In March, she revealed to Oprah Winfrey
that a member of the royal family
had expressed racist "concerns" about the color of their son Archie
's skin prior to his birth.
Following Archie's birth, Danny Baker, a British BBC radio host, tweeted a photo of two people holding hands with a chimp and wrote, "Royal baby leaves hospital."
Baker later deleted the tweet, calling it "ridiculous, stupid, and idiotic." He was fired by the BBC, which told Stardia U.K. that the host's tweet was "a serious error in judgment."
Baker claimed that his tweet “was supposed to be a joke about Royals
vs circus animals
in posh clothes, but interpreted as about monkeys & race, so rightly deleted. Royal watching not my forte, and I'm guessing it was my turn in the barrel.”
Once again, my apologies for the stupid unthinking gag pic earlier. Was supposed to be a joke about Royals vs circus animals in posh clothes, but interpreted as about monkeys & race, so rightly deleted. Royal watching is not my forte. Also, guessing it was my turn in the barrel. pic.twitter.com/86cQGbAhDc — Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 8, 2019