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Saturday 21 October 2017

Vanessa was 'horrified' at 'racism' of Myers piece

Vanessa Feltz was 'hurt'. Photo: PA
Vanessa Feltz was 'hurt'. Photo: PA

BBC presenter Vanessa Feltz has described a Sunday Times column, which allegedly suggested that she and Claudia Winkleman are highly paid because they are Jewish, as "horrifying racism".

She said the piece, with the headline "Sorry, ladies - equal pay has to be earned", by columnist Kevin Myers, included "every vile stereotype about what Jewish people have ever been deemed to be by racists".

Speaking on BBC Radio London, Feltz questioned how something that she described as "so blatantly racist" was allowed in the paper.

Gratuitous

"When someone alerted me to it... I couldn't believe such a thing had been printed. It is absolutely gratuitous, not cleverly done; it's blatant racism. When you see it like that, it's very horrifying," she continued.

"The editor personally rang me to apologise. He said he was horrified."

Meanwhile, both Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald have said the Sunday Times took the right action in dropping Myers.

"I read the article and it is misogynistic and anti-Semitic in my view and the Sunday Times has taken the appropriate action," said Mr Varadkar.

Minister Fitzgerald added: "I regret that the article was published, I have to say, in the first place.

"But certainly I think that now the right action has been taken and there's an onus on everyone, including the media obviously, to make sure that articles like that do not appear."

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