ABC Sydney slammed for planned segment on whether chess is racist
ABC Radio Sydney has come under fire ahead of a segment that is set to discuss whether the game of chess has undertones of racism.
Former Aussie chess player and economist John Adams revealed on Twitter that he’d received a call from a producer at ABC Sydney.
The producer allegedly asked him whether the fact that white always moves first was racist.
“I just received a phone call from an ABC Sydney based producer seeking a comment about the game of chess,” Adams said.
“The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first! They are seeking comment from a chess official as to whether the rules of chess need to be altered!
“Trust the taxpayer-funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything and everything in Australia!”
He finished by accusing the ABC of broadcasting “irrelevant” topics during the pandemic. In response, an ABC spokesperson has denied that the broadcaster claimed chess is racist.
In a statement to B&T, the ABC pointed out that no content covering such an issue aired.
“The ABC has not broadcast any content that has covered this issue.
“The rules of chess have been a topic of discussion within the chess community in recent days and a member of the ABC Radio Sydney team made preliminary enquiries regarding what had sparked that discussion. No interview was done nor put to air.”
Check out the full tweet below:
the rules of chess need to be altered!
Trust the taxpayer funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything & everything in Australia!
With all the drama resulting from COVID-19, I am amazed that the ABC is broadcasting on irrelevant topics!
— John Adams (@adamseconomics) June 23, 2020