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BBC denies sacking Róisín Murphy over puberty blocker remarks – Deadline

The BBC has denied it has canceled singer Róisín Murphy after she said drug companies are profiting from “mixed” transgender children taking puberty blockers.

British radio station 6 Music removed a five-hour celebration of Murphy’s music from its schedule on September 25, but claimed the decision was unrelated to his anti-puberty comments.

The Daily Mail reported that BBC 6 Music officials met on Monday and discussed Murphy. The program devoted to his work was later removed from the schedule.

The BBC did not deny the meeting took place or that Murphy was discussed, but said it was Artists’ collections the series is “regularly in rotation” and changes frequently.

The corporation added that Murphy has been played on 6 Music and Radio 2 in recent days, meaning she has not been banned from the airwaves.

Murphy, best known for the included Moloko records sing again, criticized puberty blockers in a Facebook post last month. He has since apologized for the comments.

In his original post, Murphy wrote: “Puberty blockers are fucked up, absolutely desolate, big pharma is laughing all the way to the bank. Younger kids are vulnerable and need to be protected, that’s for sure.”

She added: “Please don’t call me a turd [trans-exclusionary radical feminist]please don’t keep using this word against women”.

In a statement, the BBC said: “The Artists’ collections from our archive are in regular rotation and change frequently to reflect station-wide initiatives as they are confirmed.

“Little Simz was programmed to reflect 6 music Way With Words programming, which celebrates poetry, rap and the spoken word, and airs the following week in conjunction with National Poetry Day. There was no other reason for the change. Róisín Murphy recently played on 6 Music and her artist collection continues to rotate.”


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