BBC encounters more than 600 complaints after calling Paul Mescal ‘British’
The BBC has released its latest complaint report, revealing that there were a total of 605 objections to the broadcaster after Paul Mescal was called “British” following his Oscar nomination.
hile reported on the Irish actor’s Oscar nomination for sundown Last week, BBC News showed text on the screen that read: “Oscar nominations 2023: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy nominated for lead roles.”
The BBC apologized for the mistake shortly after, in a statement that read: “In text running across the screen, we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors to have been nominated for an Oscar. for the main role.
“The text should have said that Paul Mescal was Irish. We apologize for the mistake.”
Maynooth’s native Mescal had previously corrected the British press for misrepresenting his nationality.
After gaining attention when starring in the TV series adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel Normal person in 2020, Mescal tweeted simply: “I am Irish.”
Last week, Mescal’s sister Nell revealed that their mother has cancer and is about to undergo chemotherapy.
Dearbhla Mescal got her hair cut on Tuesday, January 24 “in preparation for her chemo,” the same day it was announced that Paul had received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
Reacting to her son’s nomination, Dearbhla told RTÉ she learned of the news through their family’s WhatsApp group because she was “so nervous” watching the nominations live.
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