Sara Cox says hearing Pitbull on Radio 1 makes her ‘soul weep’

The former Breakfast Show presenter says she hates the way the rapper sings about women

Former Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Sara Cox has criticised the station for playing songs with sexist lyrics such as Pitbull’s ‘Timber’.

The DJ, who now hosts a show on BBC Radio 2, has told Radio Times that she could face having to play the rapper’s songs, which have faced criticism for objectifying women and promoting misogyny.

“Someone like Pitbull on Radio 1 makes my soul weep with the way he sings about women. I just couldn’t bear playing that,” she said. “There will always be the odd song that isn’t for me.”


Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Perez, has sold well over five million albums, with number one hits in more than 15 countries.

His Number One single ‘Timber’ prompted controversy with its lyrics: “I have ’em like Miley Cyrus, clothes off/twerking in their bras and thongs.” He also sings: “She say she won’t, but I bet she will.”

A spokesperson for the BBC told The Independent: “Each track is considered for the playlist based on its musical merit and whether it is right for our young audience, with decisions made on a case-by-case basis.”

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