BBC Apologizes for Grotesque Anti-Semitic Caricature

The BBC has been forced to apologize after opting to use a blatantly anti-Semitic image to publicize one of its most high-profile yearly events.

The image (seen above) is a grotesque caricature of Jewish Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer, whose music is to feature during the BBC Proms, during a performance by Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Astonishingly, it was published in the concert's official program.

Horrified readers contacted the BBC to complain, forcing the corporation to apologize.

In a statement, a BBC spokesperson said: “We use a range of caricatures and illustrations in our concert programmes and wanted one of Leopold Auer.

“We're sorry to anyone who was offended by the image choice – this was never our intention.”

It is unclear however why such a blatantly anti-Semitic image was used in the first place.

Auer – a violinist, composer and music teacher – was one of the most noted musicians of his time in Europe, with Tchaikovsky dedicating his Violin Concerto to him.


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