Outrage at BBC Horrible Histories for ‘trashing Britain’

Piers Morgan has blasted the BBC‘s Horrible Histories children show over its Brexit-themed song.

The presenter took to social media to complain about the clip that was released to mark Britain’s departure from the European Union yesterday.

The video, which is initially introduced by comedian Nish Kumar, was shared by the CBBC channel on Twitter before sparking a fierce backlash online.

In the clip two actors playing Queen Victoria and her butler sing about how Britain produced ‘hardly any’ of the goods it enjoyed in the 19th century. 

Piers quoted the original tweet of the episode alongside a caption that read: ‘Why is the BBC paying nasty pieces of work like Kumar to trash Britain like this? 

‘An outrageous, shameful abuse of public money.’

The special Horrible Histories episode features actors in their roles as Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901, and one of her butlers.

The pair sing about how the goods enjoyed in Britain during the 19th-century were produced overseas including tea from India and sugar from the Caribbean. 

It then goes on to say ‘for sugar in your cup of tea slavery’s been supported’ and that slaves in Africa in sugar cane fields ‘sweeten up the tea’. 

Queen Victoria then says that lots of the things she thought were ‘British’ are in fact not. 

While proclaiming that ‘hardly any’ goods are produced in the UK the butler sings ‘your British things are from abroad and most are frankly stolen’. 

Piers Morgan has blasted the BBC's Horrible Histories children show over its Brexit-themed song featured in a clip released to mark Britain's departure from the European Union yesterday

Piers Morgan has blasted the BBC's Horrible Histories children show over its Brexit-themed song featured in a clip released to mark Britain's departure from the European Union yesterday

Piers Morgan has blasted the BBC’s Horrible Histories children show over its Brexit-themed song featured in a clip released to mark Britain’s departure from the European Union yesterday

The special Horrible Histories episode features actors in their roles as Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901, and one of her butlers

The special Horrible Histories episode features actors in their roles as Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901, and one of her butlers

The special Horrible Histories episode features actors in their roles as Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901, and one of her butlers 

The pair sing about how the goods enjoyed in Britain during the 19th-century were produced overseas including tea from India and sugar from Africa

The pair sing about how the goods enjoyed in Britain during the 19th-century were produced overseas including tea from India and sugar from Africa

The pair sing about how the goods enjoyed in Britain during the 19th-century were produced overseas including tea from India and sugar from Africa

Piers’ disgust was shared by dozens of other users including veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil, who regularly hosts his own show on BBC Two. 

He said: ‘This is anti-British drivel of a high order. 

‘Was any of the licence fee used to produce something purely designed to demean us?’

The sentiment was echoed by @jane49578228 who added: ‘I’m cancelling ym tv licence and never putting CBBC on for my grandkids again.’

And a third, @GrantVL92, who said: ‘The BBC are an absolute disgrace.’  

But others came out in support for the programme.

One user, @bigpatchyquan, wrote: ‘Not exactly trashing is it mate? Just facts. 

‘Why do we get so upset when people highlight these truths.’

Another, @Brannigand, added: ‘I actually think that teaching history – both the good and bad things – is at the very core of the BBC’s publice service remit.’  

It is thought that the Horrible History video first aired several years ago but that it was re-released to mark the Brexit deadline.

The BBC has been contacted for comment.

The skit picks up on the role Britain plays in the slave trade but doesn’t mention that it was abolished in 1833, before Queen Victoria started her rule.  

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