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Sun columnist and former editor Kelvin MacKenzie suspended

Post  candyfloss on Fri 14 Apr 2017, 9:46 pm

Sun columnist and former editor Kelvin MacKenzie is suspended following complaint to police over 'racist' article comparing a mixed-race footballer to an ape and saying the only rich Scousers are drug dealers on Hillsborough anniversary





[*]Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has worked on and off at paper for 36 years
[*]In column he said of Ross Barkley: 'I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla'
[*]He also said: 'The only men with similar pay packets [to him] are drug dealers'
[*]Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson reported the article to police citing racism
[*]MacKenzie tonight said he did not know about Barkley's family background



Sun columnist Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended from the paper after comparing mixed-race Everton footballer Ross Barkley to an ape and saying the only rich Scousers are drug dealers.
Publisher News UK said the former editor expressed 'wrong' and 'unfunny' views about the people of Liverpool in his column published today.
The Mayor of Liverpool reported the article to police, saying MacKenzie was 'racist' towards Barkley who has a Nigerian grandfather.
But MacKenzie, 70, tonight hit back saying he did not know about Barkley's family background and that it was 'beyond parody' for critics to describe his article as 'racist'.  
Commenting on the midfielder who was punched in a Liverpool city centre bar in the early hours of Monday, MacKenzie wrote: 'Perhaps unfairly, I have always judged Ross Barkley as one of our dimmest footballers.
'There is something about the lack of reflection in his eyes which makes me certain not only are the lights not on, there is definitely nobody at home.
'I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo. The physique is magnificent but it's the eyes that tell the story.





'So it came as no surprise to me that the Everton star copped a nasty right-hander in a nightclub for allegedly eyeing up an attractive young lady who, as they say, was 'spoken for'.

'The reality is that at £60,000 a week and being both thick and single, he is an attractive catch in the Liverpool area, where the only men with similar pay packets are drug dealers and therefore not at nightclubs, as they are often guests of Her Majesty.'

The article, which was published a day before the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster which killed 96 Liverpool fans, caused outrage in Liverpool and among outspoken stars such as Joey Barton and Gary Lineker. 



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Re: Sun columnist and former editor Kelvin MacKenzie suspended

Post  Heisenburg on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:41 am

Works for the scum what more is there to know.Let's not forget their headlines on Hillsborough.
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Post  Freedom on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 9:55 am

I can understand why anything from The Sun goes down like a lead balloon in Liverpool.

However, this does seem a bit OTT to me. I have never heard of the footballer but, having now seen a photo, I would have had no inkling that he is mixed race and, if KM was unaware of that as he says, this was just a joke, nothing racist about it.

Dear old Lorraine Kelly is of course allowed to make offensive remarks about anyone who doesn't believe the McCanns - no problem there!

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Post  Mimi on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 11:01 am

I don`t believe there was anything racist in his words either - he didn`t know he was half black as he is very `white` looking.  I think he used the word gorilla just because his general appearance is rather frightening.

Edited - I thought I`d edited it before but obviously didn`t work. I reconsidered and thought I had been rude.


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Re: Sun columnist and former editor Kelvin MacKenzie suspended

Post  Freedom on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 11:05 am

Only one quarter black - a Nigerian grandfather.

P.S. Mimi, sorry I've caused confusion. You made two posts which were more or less the same. I deleted the one with less information and kept the other one; I now know that you wanted the shorter one to remain.

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Post  Freedom on Sat 22 Apr 2017, 10:16 am

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/national/sun-prints-apology-to-footballer-ross-barkley-over-kelvin-mackenzie-column/ar-BBA921y?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp

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