London, December 21 (ANI): The British wing of the high-IQ organization Mensa apologized one of its members called people with low IQs “carrots” live on TV.
Peter Baimbridge made the comment during a live discussion about the effectiveness of IQ tests in judging intelligence, on BBC Breakfast.
A number of viewers contacted the programme to complain that the remark insulted people with learning difficulties.
Mr Baimbridge, an IQ test administrator, had been asked to explain why the testing was unreliable.
“Most IQ tests will have Mr and Mrs Average scoring 100 and the higher you get, the brighter you are,” the Sun quoted him as saying.
“If your IQ is somewhere around 60, then you are probably a carrot.”
After the interview, presenters Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt read out viewers’ complaints.
The hosts then apologised at the end of the programme and read out a personal apology from Mr Baimbridge.
One viewer, an employee of learning disability charity Mencap, said she was ‘shocked’ and ‘disgusted’ by the comments.
Ciara Evans, who has a learning disability, said: “Mr Baimbridge should engage his brain before his mouth. It seems having a high IQ doesn’t make you a sensitive or caring human being.”
A statement by British Mensa said the comment was “totally inappropriate and does not represent the society’s official position or view”.
A BBC spokesman said: “Clearly we do not condone the comments that were made in any way and sincerely apologise for the offence caused.” (ANI)