BBC bosses are reconsidering the songs’ inclusion because of their perceived association with colonialism and slavery.
The patriotic anthems Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory, which are traditionally performed on the last night of BBC Proms concert season, may be axed from this year’s program.
Both songs are favourites for Prom fans, who often enthusiastically wave the flags in thousands and sing along.
However, Black Lives Matter has condemned the songs linking them to colonialism and want them removed.
A spokeswoman for BBC Proms said: “We are still finalising arrangements for the Last Night of the Proms so that we are able to respond to the latest advice in regards to COVID-19 and deliver the best offering possible for audiences.”
She added: “Full details will be announced nearer the time of the concert.”
It has caused outrage among the English public.
Millions of loyal @BBCNews licence-fee payers love hearing Land of Hope & Glory at the end of the @bbcproms. Surely an organisation claiming to support diversity can find room for these traditional British favourites to be played. https://t.co/YUH2siULOU
— David TC Davies MP 🏴🇬🇧 (@DavidTCDavies) August 23, 2020
Stop this nonsense now!! Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory are favourites of millions of us. Why should so many of us have traditions wrecked because it’s considered non PC – ridiculous! https://t.co/9hbrcG0WhY
— Susan Hall AM (@Councillorsuzie) August 23, 2020
In 2020 so far, the BBC has axed free licences for the over 75s & now plans to “cancel” Rule Britannia from its ridiculous Black Lives Matter Proms
Never has an organisation been more out of touch with its customer base! https://t.co/OhbgCby6sU
— Martin Daubney (@MartinDaubney) August 23, 2020
So the BBC may drop Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory from The Proms because the Finnish conductor is too woke. Why not drop her instead?
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) August 23, 2020
The Proms were founded in 1895, and the BBC has run the concerts since 1927.
Broadcast on TV, radio and iPlayer, the final night normally attracts tens of millions of viewers and listeners around the UK.
However, it is to be at reduced capacity this year because of Covid-19.
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