Danny Baker Criticised For Tweet Joke About Ozzy Osbourne's Parkinson's
Outspoken radio DJ has come under fire for joking about Ozzy Osbourne's Parkinson's, claiming the illness is down to the rocker's history of cocaine use.
Osbourne revealed this week he'd been diagnosed with Parkin's II, a rare form of the nervous system disorder Parkinson's. The lead singer of Black Sabbath said the illness was the result of a fall last year.
Baker responded to the news on Twitter, tweeting that Osbourne must have meant when he fell into "a vat full of cocaine in 72 and didn't get out for 35 years."
The response on Twitter was one of anger, with one person tweeting, "I don't drink. I don't take drugs. I have Parkinson's. Weird, eh?" with another replying, "It's becoming harder and harder to respect you."
Not to be unsympathetic to a genuine hero but when Ozzie Osbourne says his "mild Parkinson's" is down to a fall he once had I'm thinking it must have been when he fell into a vat full of cocaine in 72 and didn't get out again for 35 years.
- Danny Baker (@prodnose) January 21, 2020
Alongside his wife Sharon, 'The Prince of Darkness' revealed his battle with the illness on American breakfast show Good Morning America. He told viewers that he's had to have neck surgery and described his experience as "terribly challenging".
He shared his battle with ill health - "A year ago next month, I was in a shocking state". He told viewers of a 'numbness' down his arm and being on a "host of medication". Wife Sharon revealed plans for see a specialist professor in Switzerland in April.
"We're going to a professor in Switzerland and he deals with getting your immune system at its peak" she said before vowing to go "wherever we can go to seek answers".
In a message to his supporters, Osbourne said, "I just can't wait to get well and I'll see you on the road again."
As for Baker, he has a history of controversial jokes. In May last year, he was fired by the BBC for a tweet about the Royal baby. He tweeted an image of a couple leaving hospital, holding hands with a baby chimp, dressed in clothes with a caption - "Royal baby leaves hospital."
The BBC called the tweet a "serious error of judgement" and that the tweet "goes against the values we as a station aim to embody".
Baker later apologised, saying he'd made an "enormous mistake."