According to her, it was a simple joke between colleagues. BBC host Maryam Moshiri apologised on her Twitter account on Thursday 7 December for giving her middle finger on British television, without knowing she was live. The day before, the forty-year-old had raised her eyebrows while making this gesture in front of the camera, at the beginning of the midday news. She then resumed a serious expression and began her newscast.
A scene she evoked in her Twitter post. "Hi everyone, yesterday, before the end of the count, I was trying to amuse the gallery a bit," the presenter wrote. I pretended to count with my fingers while the manager gave me the 10-0 countdown. So I went from 10 fingers to one." Before adding: "When we got to 1, I showed my middle finger to make a joke and I didn't realize it would be filmed."
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A 'silly joke'
And the journalist concluded: "It was a private joke between me and my team, I'm sorry it went on air! That was not my intention and I am sorry if I offended or upset anyone. I wasn't giving the middle finger to the audience or even to a particular person. It was a silly joke that was aimed at a small number of my classmates."
Still, the footage went viral. And while some netizens were outraged by this gesture, others were quick to hijack it to make a meme. Posts such as "We've all done it once, Maryam..." – a tweet signed by controversial TV presenter Piers Morgan – and "When you haven't had your morning coffee" have flourished. A sequence that caused, in the end, more laughter than harm.