After making a joke about Turkey, where thousands of people have died in a terrible earthquake that struck on February 6 and neighboring Syria, a radio DJ has apologized.
On Monday, the host of Capital Radio’s Drivetime show Ant Payne made a joke about Turkey that was called “shameful” and “disgusting.”
He has since expressed regret for his remarks, calling them “insensitive.”
Payne made a joke on his show, which airs every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m.: The best time to start looking into cheap flights to Turkey over the next few years is right now.
He continued: While you’re there, get your teeth fixed.
“Return appearing to be 19 years old.
“If you are doing that, you will be on Love Island the following year.”
Payne issued a statement on Tuesday morning that read: Hello, everyone! I’d like to address my last-minute comment on the show.
It was ill-timed and insensitive.
I would never want anyone in my shows to be offended.
More than 36,000 people have died as a result of the earthquake that struck northern Syria and southern Turkey.
31,974 people were killed in Turkey, and the 7.8-magnitude quake also killed 3,700 people in Syria.
The earthquake destroyed buildings, trapping people inside and beneath the rubble, and flattened entire neighborhoods.
Rescue efforts have also been hindered by adverse weather, making it nearly impossible to locate some survivors.
A listener’s tweet read, I can’t believe what I just heard on @CapitalOfficial from @ant_man_go, who said, “Flight from now for a few years should be cheap to Turkey to get your teeth done.” He was making fun of the #Turkeyearthquake.
“I wonder how all of the communities in Turkey and Syria, as well as the victims of this disaster, feel about that?”