Alexander Armstrong discusses Queen's letters to goddaughter
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Tonight Mr Armstrong will feature as narrator in the new episode of Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera at 9pm on ITV. The show features a number of jaw-dropping home videos along with interviews of the people behind the stories, who share their memories of the experience. Tonight’s episode sees a skydiver knocked out ten thousand feet in the air after he collided with another out-of-control skydiver.
There will also be footage of a dramatic rescue of a young woman from her burning car on the M1.
Yet, when featuring on Have I Got News For You earlier this year, Mr Armstrong caused uproar after he mocked the Welsh Language.
In an April episode of the hit BBC comedy show the comedian, famed for being one half of duo Armstrong and Miller, revealed that a councillor had put in place a motion for Mount Snowden to only be referred to by Welsh name Yr Wyddfa.
Mr Armstrong then went on to lightly mock the Welsh language and attempts to reclaim anglicised names.
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He said: “Mount Snowden may soon only be called by its Welsh name.
“I believe the correct pronunciation of the mountain is… I’m going to have a go at it, wish me luck. Snow-den.
“This is part of a trend to reclaim traditional Welsh names that have been Anglicised.
“For example, councillor John Pughe Roberts says Hellfire pass should be more accurately known as Bwlch y Groes, or even more accurately… the A363.”
Comedian Joe Lycett also got in on the act, quipping: “It’s disgusting these woke lefties mean we can’t dead name a mountain now.
“Makes me sick.”
Many viewers were upset by the comments with some turning to social media to voice their contempt and to even brand the jokes as racist.
One Twitter user said: “Ah, more colonial idiocy on #hignfy from Alexander Armstrong. No, Yr Wyddfa is not pronounced Snowden.
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“Are you too thick to recognise racism, Xander, or too wimpy to stand up to the BBC’s racism?”
Another added: “Alexander Armstrong interesting to watch you take the piss out of Wales and the Welsh language in a way you’d never dare with other cultures and languages.
“I guess that makes you a coward as well as a racist. #hignfy”
The BBC was forced to release a statement in defence of the show, where they insisted that none of the jokes should be taken seriously.
The spokesperson said: “Comedy is of course a very subjective area and it is perhaps inevitable that jokes which are acceptable to some will strike others as distasteful.
“We do not set out to cause offence, but we realise comments made about Snowden/Yr Wyddfa on last Friday’s programme made some of our audience members unhappy.”
Watch Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera at 9pm on ITV tonight.
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