Columnist Fired For Tweeting Harry And Meghan Should've Name Baby 'Georgina Floydina'
Julie Burchill, pictured in 1999, was fired for making a racist joke on the name of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's newborn daughter. (Photo: Photo via Getty Images)
Julie Burchill, a Sunday Telegraph columnist, was fired for a racist tweet she wrote shortly after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced the birth of their second child.
After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Sunday that they had named their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, Burchill tweeted, “What a missed opportunity! You could have called it Georgina Floydina! "
Last year, Meghan spoke about George Floyd and other victims of police brutality in a closing speech shortly after the 46-year-old black man died by white police officer Derek Chauvin, who was later found guilty of murder.
HuffPost took screenshots of Burchill's racist tweets and retweets before her Twitter account was deactivated:
Screenshots of Burchill's original tweet and a racist meme that she retweeted before her Twitter account was deactivated. (Photo: Carly Ledbetter / HuffPost)
On Tuesday, two days after the first tweet, Burchill wrote on her Facebook page that she was "fired by the Telegraph". Journalist Nadine White was the first to report on Burchill's dismissal.
"It's been a good five years and I will always be grateful to you for ending my Wilderness Years," said Burchill, who is featured on Facebook as Julie Raven, in a post that included no apology in particular.
"However, I would be lying if I said that I haven't whined to my husband a lot lately, that they always turn down my * edgy * column ideas and give me more lazy ideas - which I've been doing great anyway," she said . “I hope you can see my archive here. Forward and upward! "
Omid Scobie, a royal biographer and royal editor for Harper's Bazaar, also confirmed Burchill's dismissal Tuesday with a Telegraph spokesman. He added that "a source confirms she was fired after her racist tweets about the second Sussex child (and refusal to apologize for her)."
The Telegraph and The Spectator did not respond to HuffPost's request for comment on Monday and Tuesday.
(Photo: Carly Ledbetter / HuffPost)
In the comments section of Burchill's Facebook post, people praised her as a "warrior" and "inspiration" and asked why she was fired.
Burchill has been implicated in a number of racist and offensive incidents over the years, including promoting the racist abuse of journalist and activist Ash Sarkar in December 2020.
Burchill accused Sarkar of worshiping a pedophile in a series of sustained attacks that fueled Islamophobic, racist and sexist harassment about Sarkar's appearance and sex life.
After Sarkar took legal action, Burchill apologized for her defamatory statements and had to pay damages, according to the BBC. Her book on demolition culture, entitled "Welcome to the Woke Trials: How #Identity Killed Progressive Politics," was also canceled, although the columnist finally found another publisher to pick up the book in March 2021.
Burchill isn't the only one to face the aftermath of a racist tweet about the royal baby over the weekend.
Joanna Toch, a lawyer and former British Olympian, was suspended from the family law service she founded on Monday after examining Burchill's "Georgina Floydina" comment.
“No Doria? Do black names matter? ”Toch responded to Burchill's first tweet, mocking the Black Lives Matter movement and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland.
Burchill said she was hoping for "Doria Oprah, the racist gang," and Toch replied, "Doprah?"
When the tweets went viral, Toch quickly went back.
"I'm very sorry for the comment and what I saw as a joke," Toch wrote. “I have fought against racism in my professional life, which is hideous. I am not a judge and have colored children and I apologize unconditionally. "
Toch's law firm, Family Law Cafe Limited, said in a statement Monday that it had suspended Toch "with immediate effect pending internal review," calling their comments "objectionable" and "unacceptable."
Meghan has been exposed to constant racist and misogynist attacks in the press, social media and in her personal life since her date with Harry. She revealed to Oprah Winfrey in March that a member of the royal family had raised racial "concerns" about the color of her son Archie's skin before he was born.
After Archie's birth, BBC UK radio host Danny Baker tweeted a photo of two people holding hands with a chimpanzee and wrote, "Royal Baby Leaves Hospital."
Baker later deleted the tweet, calling it "ridiculous, stupid and idiotic". He was fired from the BBC, and the broadcaster told HuffPost UK that the presenter's tweet was "a grave assessment error".
Baker claimed that his tweet “was supposed to be a joke about royals versus circus animals in classy clothes, but interpreted as about monkeys and race, so rightly deleted. Royal watching is not my strong point. I also suspected that it was my turn. "
BBC presenter sacked after tweeting a chimpanzee photo with the Royal Baby
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release statement after the baby is born
Attorney suspended after tweeting "offensive" remarks about Meghan and Harry's baby
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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