In another one of those stories that seems perfectly tailored for 2020, the UK broadcaster Sky History has been forced to temporarily pull episodes of its new reality competition series The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker, following complaints from viewers that some of the tattoos worn by one of the show's contestants include racist and right-wing symbols.
Some viewers noted that contestant Darren Lumsden has an "88" tattooed on his face and that those numbers are used by Nazi groups to symbolize Heil Hitler, based on 'H' being the eighth letter of the alphabet.
Initially the network dismissed the allegations, releasing a statement that Lumsden’s tattoos "denote significant events in his life and have no political or ideological meaning whatsoever." The network also said that it stood by the extensive background checks carried out by the production team, which it said "confirmed Darren has no affiliations or links to racist groups, views or comments." The statement also explained that Lumsden's "88" tattoo referred to 1988, the year his father died.
But late Tuesday, Sky History issued another statement announcing that it was pulling the show in order to further investigate his tattoos. In part because a British newspaper posted an interview with Lumsden's father, who turns out to be very much alive.