BBC accused of 'blurring' Ricky Wilson Trans t-shirt on Michael McIntyre show
Kaiser Chiefs star Ricky Wilson was applauded by BBC viewers on Saturday night as he took to the stage wearing a pro-Trans rights t-shirt.
The Leeds frontman was taken by surprise when he was pranked by Michael McIntyre's Big Show. He was secretly filmed going to a 'fun house' with a ball pit which turned out to be a slide onto a BBC stage where he was suddenly and without warning asked to perform one of his band's hits.
But some BBC viewers accused the broadcaster of 'trying to blur' the t-shirt Ricky had on, which said Trans Rights Are Human Rights on it in purple and pink lettering.
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@sakurhyth said: "Is anyone else noticing Ricky Wilson's trans rights are human rights shirt getting blurred on Micheal McIntyres show this evening ?"
@maidinoden said: "I can’t actually believe this. Ricky Wilson has come on stage wearing a “trans rights are human rights” shirt on the Michael McIntyre Show and the BBC are trying to blur it".
As others pointed out in response though, it's not a conspiracy and in fact it was just because the lighting behind the stage was dark and being filmed with hidden cameras, so they weren't able to pick out the letters on his tee, making it look blurry.
When on stage, the message was crystal clear, so the BBC clearly had no issue with it being broadcast. Fans, though, loved Ricky for it and said 'big respect'.
@notbvd said; "BIG respect to Ricky Wilson for his #TransRightsAreHumanRights t shirt on prime time saturday night TV! what a guy"
@caitlinsuncool said: " ricky wilson the man that you are. wearing a ‘trans rights are human rights’ tee on prime time national tv?? icon behaviour."
@travichughes said: " ricky wilson wearing a ‘trans rights are human rights’ t shirt is so important. this week especially #BigShow "
@ft_alexc said: "Watching Ricky Wilson be a top man. Wearing a trans rights tshirt on tv takes me back to my first ever concert, kaiser chiefs, 17 years ago!!"
@si_underwood said; "Trans Rights shirt prominent spot on prime time Saturday night BBC1 thanks to a combination of Ricky Wilson being sound and excellent timing from a set up on Michael McIntyre’s show""
@einsquared said; "Big up to Ricky Wilson for that trans rights shirt tonight".