Charlie, 57, was on hand to host the first-weekend instalment of BBC Breakfast this morning alongside co-star Naga Munchetty, 45. The pair spoke to a number of guests on the show, as well as discussing the day’s headlines, including the latest developments on the Black Lives Matter movement. Towards the end of the programme, the BBC presenters were joined by former Britain’s Got Talent champion and musician, Tokio, 36. However, with the interviewer pressed for time, he tried to ask the guest more questions but this led to an awkward moment as the latter asked the former to “let me finish”.
Following the protests in Central London last weekend, more measures have been put in place for today to ensure the public’s safety.
Those taking part in demonstrations have been asked to disperse by 5pm following violent clashes with police on Saturday, although they have been asked to reconsider their options in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Statues across the city, including those of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, have been boarded up to ensure they aren’t defaced.
However, with the presenter and guest conversing on the topical matter on the show, things turned awkward when Charlie tried to ask Tokio about how the global discussion impacts his music as time was running out.
Beginning his interview, the guest said: “It’s been a very, very emotional week, in particular. In fact, it’s been an emotional three months for us with the whole pandemic.
“But I would say in the last couple of weeks with all that’s been happening with George Floyd, it’s enabled me, in particular, to really sit and have this time to reflect on society.
“Obviously, the black community is heartbroken. I think, for me in particular, it was like watching my uncle or my dad or my brother being murdered by police brutality.
“And the black community, it’s affected us I think more than usual. Obviously this is something which has been going on for centuries.”
“Tokio, can I just ask you, one of the things you said a moment ago was how it affected you emotionally,” Charlie began.
“Many other people have told us as well about how these times have affected them emotionally when you’re writing your music, do you ever have a need to try and think about how things can get better as well as reflecting on the problems that exist?
“Do you feel that need to send out that message at the same time?” the host asked, to which Tokio replied: “Well, let me just finish, mate, because you just cut me off half-way.”
As the interview turned awkward, the presenter told his guest: “No, I’m sorry Tokio, the only reason I did that was because you’ll be aware we’re limited for time and I was just trying to make sure we talked about a number of things.”
The musician seemed to understand as he replied: “Sure, sure. But my point was, imagine there’s a statue of me after killing lots of white people.”
“And then you’re going out on the street seeing me stood there, every morning you’re seeing this statue of me, I’m a murderer, I’ve killed all these people,” Tokio continued.
“Of course the situation which is going to happen, the white community wouldn’t be happy seeing me stood there on a building or anything like that.
“This is why you’ve got all these protests and I’m not saying all white people are in the same boat.
“We have this phrase called white allies which are people who understand what Black Lives Matters is all about, who are there to support the cause and who are there to tip the scales and bring them back to balance.”
Naga then brought the interview to an end as they had run out of time, thanking the guest for speaking to them on the matter.
Published at Sat, 13 Jun 2020 08:15:00 +0000