Sky reality show The Chop pulled over Nazi tattoo claims

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 21, 2020

The decision came after the Sky History channel defended Darren Lumsden when viewers online suggested his choice of tattoos had connections with neo-Nazism and white supremacy.

In response to the subsequent Twitter storm, Sky History released a statement confirming that no episodes of the series would be shown until the origins of the markings were looked into.

However, earlier today - in now deleted tweets - the channel denied that the tattoos have any "political or ideological meaning".

"While we further investigate the nature, and meaning, of Darren's tattoos, we have removed the video featuring him from our social media pages, and will not be broadcasting any episodes of The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker until we have concluded that investigation".

Sky Historical past, the joint-venture United Kingdom tv channel run by A+E Networks and Comcast-owned Sky, has defended a contestant on its new actuality competitors collection The Chop after Twitter customers accused him of getting a Nazi tattoo emblazoned on his face. "Amongst the varied numerical tattoos on his physique, 1988 is the yr of his father's loss of life", a spokesman mentioned. "Sky Historical past is illiberal of racism and all types of hatred and any use of symbols or numbers is completely incidental and never meant to trigger hurt or offence".

The number 88 is said to stand for "Heil Hitler" - with the initial "H" corresponding with the eighth letter of the alphabet.

Sky History initially put out a statement defending the programme, saying Mr Lumsden's tattoos related to personal incidents in his life, and the 88 was a reference to the year of his father's death.

Mack responds: "If you were the bloke in my town, you wouldn't be known as "the Woodman"; you'd be "the bloke with all the tattoos". Neo-Nazis use two of these runes to signify the SS.

Hosted by Lee Mack, Rick Edwards and master craftsmen William Hardie, The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker sees the contestants gather in Epping, Essex, to whittle, carve and chop their way to the final, to see who will be crowed "Britain's Top Woodworker".

Over nine weeks, which have all been filmed, the contestants were tasked with creating items and artefacts to furnish the rooms.

Mr Lumsden has not responded to BBC requests for comment.

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