Amidst the seriousness of news broadcasting, a moment of lightheartedness caught viewers off guard when BBC anchor Maryam Moshiri was caught flipping the middle finger live on air. The incident, which occurred during a news bulletin on December 6, quickly went viral, and social media erupted with a mix of amusement, shock, and appreciation for the anchor’s unexpected gesture.
The moment unfolded as Moshiri was preparing to announce the top-of-the-hour headlines. As the countdown to air began, she raised an eyebrow and flashed the middle finger towards the camera, seemingly oblivious to the live broadcast. However, she quickly realized her mistake and snatched her hand away, maintaining her composure as she began the news report.
The video of Moshiri’s gesture quickly spread across social media, garnering millions of views and comments. some viewers expressed disapproval of the unprofessionalism, naming it the “woke mob agenda” and even calling for the defunding of the BBC
“Charming, another diversity hire. Presumably this is what the BBC thinks of its audience. Senior BBC News presenter, Maryam Moshiri.” Wrote an X user formerly known as twitter.
But the majority of the reactions were overwhelmingly positive. Many social media users found the incident hilarious, praising Moshiri for adding a touch of humor to the often somber world of news broadcasting.
Twitter users were particularly creative in their reactions, bombarding the platform with puns and jokes related to the incident. One user quipped, “petition to add Maryam Moshiri’s middle finger to the standard opening title sequence for BBC News.”
Some users even defended Moshiri, arguing that her lighthearted gesture was a welcome break from the monotony of the news cycle. “In a world full of doom and gloom, it’s refreshing to see a news anchor who can have a little fun,” wrote one Twitter user.
Despite the positive reactions, Moshiri took to social media to apologize for the incident, acknowledging that her actions were inappropriate for a professional news broadcast. “I was having a private joke with the team and pretending to count down as the director was counting me down from 10-0,” she explained. “I was not flipping the bird at viewers or even a person really. It was a silly joke that was meant for a small number of my mates.”
Moshiri’s apology was met with understanding from many social media users, who appreciated her honesty and willingness to take responsibility for her actions. “The news is particularly grim at the moment, so it’s right you should find moments to counter it.” Wrote one x user under Moshiri’s apology post
The F-Bomb Incident: A Reminder of Human Connection
While the incident may have violated professional norms, it also served as a reminder that news broadcasts are produced by human beings, not robots. Moshiri’s momentary lapse of composure, however inadvertent, brought a touch of humanity to the news, offering a rare glimpse of the personalities behind the headlines. In the age of increasingly automated media, the incident served as a reminder of the value of human connection and the importance of maintaining a sense of humor even in the face of serious issues.
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