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Fri Dec 21, 2018, 02:39 AM

WBUR apologizes after hoax caller makes racist on-air remarks

WBUR is apologizing after a caller apparently pretending to be an employee of a national seafood chain made racist, on-air remarks Thursday morning during the live broadcast of “On Point.”

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The incident occurred during the second hour of Thursday’s show around 11:30 a.m., during an interview with Soleil Ho, the newly hired restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, whose work has often explored food through the lens of politics, culture, and identity.

“We’ve got a lot of people who want to talk to you, so let me get some of them in here,” “On Point” host Meghna Chakrabarti said, before turning the conservation over to callers.

However, not all were fans. The show’s second caller, who identified himself as “Dominic” from Aspen, Colorado, and said he was the vice president of the seafood chain Chart House, criticized Ho for not concentrating on the “ambience” of restaurants. The caller went on to assert that his restaurants have had issues with “some clientele” ruining the experience for everyone.

When Chakrabarti questioned what he meant, the caller said it was “normally black people that do that, they ruin the meal for everyone.”

Read more: https://www.boston.com/news/media/2018/12/20/wbur-on-point-hoax-caller-racist-remarks

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