Petition hopes to have suspended BBC journalist reinstated amid Tyson Fury row
World Heavyweight champion Fury has refused to apologise for claiming that once homosexuality, paedophilia and abortion are all made legal, the world will end.
The boxer also claims to have “evidence” that paedophilia was legalised by a fictional ‘Gay Rights Act 1977’ – but the BBC has resisted pressure to rescind his Sports Personality of the Year nomination.
Andy West was suspended last week, after posting to Facebook about the controversy.
Northern Irish host West, took to social media to express his concerns that the BBC “is hurting me and other gay people by celebrating someone who considers me no better than a paedophile”.
The comment has since been deleted, but the presenter went on to write: “It is tempting to see him for the laughable idiot he is but sadly there are many other idiots who will be inspired and encouraged by his naive, juvenile bigotry.
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“I am ashamed to work for the BBC when it lacks the bravery to admit it is making a mistake”.
Now a new petition, signed by over 5,000 people, has been started on change.org.
A petition to have Fury removed from the shortlist for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards has been signed by over 150,000 people.
Olympic track and field star Greg Rutherford has threatened to pull out of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award if Tyson Fury remains in the shortlist.
Fury has been uninvited from the awards ceremony because of threatening comments he allegedly made to a sports journalist.