Thousands sign protest petition after breastfeeding rant by BBC Radio Solent DJ Alex Dyke

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Thousands of people have signed the petition calling for BBC presenter Alex Dyke to be sacked.

The Radio Solent presenter has been suspended for suggesting that ‘librarian-type moustached’ women should not breastfeed in public.

Ladies, mums, we don’t like breastfeeding in public, honestly we don’t

Alex Dyke

Early today, almost 10,000 people had signed a petition calling for him to be taken off the air.

Mr Dyke said breastfeeding was a throwback to the Stone Age during his show on BBC Radio Solent, prompting complaints and the petition on change.org.

His comments included: ‘Ladies, mums, we don’t like breastfeeding in public, honestly we don’t. I experienced this yesterday. I was on a bus and there was a lady on this bus. She was quite a big girl and she had a toddler with her. She starts to breastfeed her baby on the bus. I didn’t know where to look. She’s putting me in an embarrassing situation.’

Mr Dyke has since apologised for his outburst.

The petition was started by Maisie Jameson, of Sheffield, who wrote on change.org: ‘After listening to Alex Dyke’s BBC Radio Solent show, on the 12/08/15, I was utterly appalled.

‘His show was centred around breastfeeding in public, and how it was unnatural, unnecessary and unfair (for men, and some women), and also how MEN don’t like to see women breastfeeding in public.

‘He made comments such as, “breastfeeding is unnatural”, “formula milk is just as good’ and ‘we’re not in the Stone Age any more’ He also told a story, of how he was on a bus, and a woman rudely started breastfeeding her child - he later on defended his comment with ‘My point was fat chavvy mums with their boobs out on buses isn’t a good look. A classy discrete mum is absolutely fine.’ As his radio show was shared on two sites by myself - one for student midwives and one for breastfeeding mothers, there was a lot of upset caused, as people couldn’t believe the comments he came out with.

‘There is already a stigma around breastfeeding, and we don’t need ill educated mysoginists like Alex Dyke to make it even more apparent. In fact he was right. We’re NOT in the Stone Age anymore - we’re in the 21st century. Breastfeeding is completely natural, and people must remember that breasts are for feeding - not for men.

You can listen to the radio show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02y4dz4

‘Please sign this petition to get Alex Dyke off air.’