Newsreader Receives Racist Abuse From English Defence League Supporters For Not Wearing A Poppy
Charlene White had enough of the hate. So she decided to explain her thinking.
ITV London newsreader Charlene White has received racist abuse for not wearing a poppy in the run-up to Remembrance Day.
Channel 4 newsreader John Snow also refuses to wear the symbol on air, in protest at "poppy fascism".
I support and am patron of a number of charities and I am uncomfortable with giving one of those charities more on-screen time than others.Off-screen in my private life - it's different. I wear a red ribbon at the start of December for World Aids Day, a pink ribbon in October during breast cancer awareness month, a badge in April during Bowel Cancer Awareness month, and yes – a poppy on Armistice Day.
But she was still surprised by the level of abuse.
The messages of "go back to where you came from" have been interesting to read, as have the "fat s--g" comments, and the repeated use of the phrase "black c--t".
A lot of the abuse came from Twitter accounts that proclaim links to the far-right English Defence League.
Some left-wing sites that monitor the EDL have suggested the organisation's members helped whip up the anger.