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30 June 2020 12:40

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"Luke Chadwick was going through a similar thing [being mocked for his appearance on the panel show 'They Think It's All Over'] and he got an apology from Nick Hancock. I never received an apology from Baddiel and Skinner. Go back five years, 10 years, we wouldn't have had this conversation – [people would have said]: 'What have they got to apologise for?' But it's a good thing, we're all here to learn." JASON LEE SAYS he has never received a direct apology from David Baddiel and Frank Skinner over the series of sketches in which they mocked his hairstyle and playing ability. The former Nottingham Forest forward was regularly the butt of jokes on the Fantasy Football League programme in the 1990s. Baddiel has issued a number of apologies on social media and did so most recently in a Daily Telegraph article earlier this year for blacking up and wearing a pineapple on his head, saying it was "part of a very bad racist tradition".

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Lee now works as an equalities executive with the Professional Footballers' Association, which has worked with research firm Run Repeat on data which shows "evident bias" in how some football commentators describe darker-skinned players. Lee says that can have a negative impact on how those players are perceived, and likened it to his own experience as a result of the 1990s comedy programme. He told the PA news agency: "Baddiel & Skinner, did they realise the impact of what they were saying, how it affected so many people? Especially a hairstyle, you're talking about ethnicity, a lot of black people would wear dreadlocks and feel deeply offended by someone who's getting mocked for a similar hairstyle. Lee says as far as he is aware Baddiel and Skinner have never tried to contact him to apologise.

baddiel and skinner unplanned

"Luke Chadwick was going through a similar thing (where he was being mocked for his appearance on the panel show 'They Think It's All Over') and he got an apology from Nick Hancock, I never received an apology from Baddiel and Skinner," Lee said. When the show was going out I was invited on and I declined because I was 23 years of age. "That is what this study is about, it's why we're talking about it at the moment. Go back five years, 10 years, we wouldn't have had this conversation – (then it would have been a case of) what have they got to apologise for? But it's a good thing, we're all here to learn." Sign up NOW for the latest Reds news and views direct to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Jason Lee says it is "never too late" for comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner to apologise to him for their controversial sketches which mocked his hairstyle.

The former Nottingham Forest and Notts County striker was often targeted on the Fantasy Football League programme in the 1990s. In a recent article for the Daily Telegraph, Baddiel apologised for blacking up and wearing a pineapple on his head which led to rival fans poking fun at him on the terraces during his time at the City Ground. Baddiel said it was "part of a very bad racist tradition" and has also issued numerous apologies on social media. But Lee says he is yet to receive an apology from both comedians for the abuse he suffered. "Luke Chadwick was going through a similar thing (where he was being mocked for his appearance on the panel show 'They Think It's All Over') and he got an apology from Nick Hancock, I never received an apology from Baddiel and Skinner," he said. "It wasn't like I was looking for one, but I've never met them in person. If I met them in person it's a conversation we would have. I think you wouldn't. Text NEWS to 07557204102 and then add the number to your phone contacts book as ForestLive to receive daily updates and breaking news from our Reds reporter Sarah Clapson. Your phone number won't be shared with any other members of the group. "When the show was going out I was invited on and I declined because I was 23 years of age. "It's never too late (to apologise). I think that would be good for maybe my children to hear that, and it would show them that in today's day and age people maybe are more remorseful, and people are having to look at how they act." Lee played more than 70 league games for the Reds in a long and fine career which also saw him turnout more than 60 times for the Magpies. He now works as as an equalities executive with the Professional Footballers' Association. He has has worked with research firm Run Repeat on data which shows "evident bias" in how some football commentators describe ethnic players. Lee says that can have a negative impact on how those players are perceived, and drew comparisons to his own experience. "Baddiel & Skinner, did they realise the impact of what they were saying, how it affected so many people?" he said. "Especially a hairstyle, you're talking about ethnicity, a lot of black people would wear dreadlocks and feel deeply offended by someone who's getting mocked for a similar hairstyle. The implications were far wider, and it wouldn't happen today. "You see (Wilfried) Zaha playing today, and others with similar hairstyles, it couldn't happen today, and blackface as well, you wouldn't be able to blackface now, that's crazy."