There was chaos on BBC Newsnight as a guest used shocking language to get a point across (Picture: BBC)
Victoria Derbyshire was forced to apologise to viewers after a majorly rude remark made on-air.
The broadcaster, 55, was hosting BBC’s Newsnight programme amid a discussion over a Russian court ruling LGBTQ+ activists should be treated as extremists – and could face prison for being part of an ‘extreme organisation.’
As part of the show, feminist protest group Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova was invited to speak her mind on the devastating new development.
And as the conversation came to an end, the punk musician and activist requested to make one more point.
She said Russian people ‘are not homophobic,’ pointing out she previously spent time in a Russian prison.
‘For them, it’s a funny thing that you can f**k other guys in the a** but it’s not a reason to hate them.’
Nadya smiled sweetly after saying the incredibly explicit remark (Picture: BBC)
After a short pause, Victoria thanked Nadya and said ‘I’m so glad you made your point.’
She then addressed the audience as Nadya laughed, saying ‘if anyone is offended by the language, I’m really sorry.’
Nadya, along with fellow Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhna and Yekaterina Samutsevich, made international headlines in 2012 when they protested against Vladimir Putin whie wearing ski masks and acting out a ‘punk prayer’.
Professional Victoria thanked Nadya and apologised on her behalf for the language (Picture: BBC)
They were each sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for ‘hooliganism,’ and insisted their protest was intended to highlight the close ties between the Russian Orthodox Church and state, not to offend believers.
At the time, Nadya wrote in a letter that ‘our imprisonment is a clear and distinct sign that the whole country’s freedom is being taken away.’
Under Vladimir Putin, the government in Moscow has become increasingly ultra-conservative and says it is committed to ‘traditional values’.
Last year the Duma passed a bill that imposed sweeping new restrictions on activities deemed to promote gay rights.
The law expanded a ban on what it labelled ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations’ to young people, established by legislation dubbed the ‘gay propaganda’ law.