IQ Below 60? Then You’re a Carrot, Says Man From Mensa
THE BBC has apologised after a Mensa spokesman described anyone with an IQ of below 60 as a “carrot” live on air.
Peter Bainbridge made the comments while being interviewed on BBC Breakfast, sparking complaints from viewers.
He was being asked about the effectiveness of IQ tests at judging intelligence.
“So most IQ tests will have Mr and Mrs Average scoring 100 and the higher you get, the brighter you are. And if your IQ is somewhere around 60 then you are probably a carrot,” Mr Bainbridge said.
After the interview with presenters Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt, some of the complaints were read out on air.
The hosts then apologised at the end of the programme and read out a personal apology from Mr Bainbridge.
One viewer, an employee of learning disability charity Mencap, said she is “shocked” and “disgusted” by the comments.
Ciara Evans, who has a learning disability, urged Mr Bainbridge to “engage his brain before his mouth”.