Naga Muchetty says negative comments 'stick with her the most'
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BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, 45, has opened up about the negative comments she has received during her career. On her BBC Radio 5 Live show yesterday, the broadcaster spoke out on how while she receives many positive remarks from her fans, it is the negative ones that have stayed with her.
During Tuesday’s edition, Naga addressed her own experiences of receiving negative comments and abuse online.
The candid revelation came as she spoke to Labour MP Luke Pollard, who received online abuse over the weekend after sharing a picture of him and his partner Sydney on Twitter in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Some users on the platform were quick to reply to Luke’s post with remarks, highlighting the age gap between him and his partner.
The presenter continued: “There is this element, that overt racism or homophobia or bigotry people will call out.
“So if it happened in the street I would like to think that if someone shouted something abusive, someone would say, ‘Oi that’s not on – pack it in.’
“But when it is on social media, and it is more covert, if it isn’t called out people get away with it.”
She added: “There is a fine line. Do you block? Do you mute to you turn off your notifications or do you just take on board I’m putting myself out there and I’m allowed to?”
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The 45-year-old has previously spoken out on the online abuse she has received while presenting as part of BBC Breakfast.
During an interview with the Mirror back in 2016, Naga opened up on the regular abuse she had received online.
She explained: “I’m on telly, I’m in your home, so if you want to criticise me, fine.
“I’ve put myself there and can’t complain that someone has an opinion about me.”
The presenter added: “But I’m not there to be abused. Nobody is there to be abused.
“You don’t abuse someone while they’re doing their job, and you don’t make racist, sexist or bigoted comments.
“Don’t expect to make them on social media for your followers to see and get away with it. That’s not what happens.”
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays on BBC One from 6am.
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