A petition to reinstate a BBC presenter who was taken off air for his controversial remarks on breastfeeding has gone live.
Radio Solent DJ Alex Dyke was suspended after a series of comments he made during a live show, in which he described breastfeeding as “unnatural” and that it put him in an “embarrassing situation.”
At time of publication, a Change.org document to bring him back had garnered 169 names.
A petition to have him removed from the airwaves gained more than 11,000 signatures. A rash of complaints were also left on the BBC Radio Solent Facebook page.
Set up by Steve Rice, the full unedited text of Bring Back Alex Dyke states:
BBC Radio Solent Shock Jockey and DJ Alex Dyke really does push the boundaries and can easily get under your skin with the topics and subjects he brings up in his mid-morning show, he can divide the Solent or have the whole Solent against him.
Alex is a great guy, a nice guy, though hard to see most of the time. Alex and his show just want to provoke a reaction to get the south talking, there are people in the Solent region that can't stand him but still phone in and rant at him.
If you are an Alex fan you will know how he does his shows and why he does what he does to try and provoke you, if no one on the radio can speak their mind then what's the point in having a discussion show?
The BBC has become to politically correct and don't like anyone who speaks out side of their DO NOT List, it feels like Jeremy Clarkson all over again.
Former Top Gear host Clarkson was famously sacked by the broadcaster after allegedly assaulting producer Oisin Tymon.
Last week a BBC spokesman told Huffington Post UK: “Following unacceptable comments made on air yesterday Alex Dyke been suspended pending an investigation, so he will not be on air tomorrow.”
For his part, Dyke, who also stated: "My point was fat chavvy mums with their boobs out on buses isn't a good look. A classy, discrete mum is fine," is retweeting messages of support following his suspension…
@ALEXDYKE1 if we live in an age where presenters are forced off air because they have an opinion it's a very sad time. All the best Alex— John David Lush (@john_lush) August 15, 2015
Missing the point | Alex Dyke was not wrong about breastfeeding http://t.co/INNphBNa7V— LiveOxfordshire (@LiveOxfordshire) August 15, 2015
@BBCRadioSolent Come on get Alex Dyke back on the air waves, he maybe a bit of a dick head at times but.........— steve ray (@steveray17) August 15, 2015