BBC presenter Noel Thompson caused a minor scandal after he asked a teenage schoolgirl if she knew about ‘Netflix and chill’. Unbeknownst to the 61-year-old broadcaster, the phrase is internet slang term for a booty call.
The Good Morning Ulster’s presenter was interviewing a 17-year-old Co Antrim schoolgirl who devotes a lot of her time volunteering and is the latest recipient of a Diana award. That’s the accolade named in memory of the late Princess Di and is recognition of a young person’s social action and humanitarian work.
According to The Independent, the schoolgirl was talking about her educational work with Women’s Aid. She was discussing a range of subjects from domestic violence and her work with children in need. The schoolgirl was then shocked when Noel interrupted and asked, “Do you even recognise the term Netflix and chill?”
When she timidly replied “um, yeah”, Noel laughed and said, “I’m just wondering with your schoolwork and all that other stuff, do you have down time, do you just sit around chatting to your friends, watching a bit of telly.” Listeners all went on Twitter to inform Good Morning Ulster about the embarrassing moment with Mark Reel posting, “Noel obviously doesn’t know what ‘Netflix and chill’ actually means”. Simon McCrory commented “so awkward”.
Tony Ferris tweeted, “I think someone needs to explain Netflix and chill to Noel hahahaha”. And a Twitter user called Aisling said: “Someone pull Noel from @BBCgmu to one side and tell him about ‘Netflix and chill’. Oh no you didn’t just ask a young girl about that! Lol.”
User Kate asked, “Did Noel just say Netflix and chill???” while Victor Sullivan said: “Middle-aged man on @radioulster just asked a 17-year-old girl if she’d ever heard of Netflix and chill. Creeped me out.”
In a statement, a BBC spokeswoman said, “Noel was clearly not aware of any other connotation of this term and expanded his question immediately to ask the interviewee how she managed to fit watching television and relaxing with all her school and volunteering work.”
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