It feels like a lifetime has passed since the Oprah interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
In case you missed it, here’s a summary. Following the interview, Piers Morgan made comments on Good Morning Britain that he didn’t believe Meghan’s claims that she felt suicidal.
A huge backlash followed from viewers, charities and celebrities. The next day, co-host Alex Beresford chided Piers for his comments.
Piers got up and stormed out, not wanting to be criticised on “his show”. Many people were impressed with Alex for standing up to Piers.
Days later, Piers left the show and has been talking since about how he was “silenced”.
All caught up?
Since then, Alex Beresford has been coming in for a lot of hate on social media. In fact, he’s been trolled so much he’s actually quit Twitter.
He appeared on GMB last week for the first time since his row with Piers. He said it was ‘good to be back’. Co-host Kate Garraway added it was ‘lovely to have you here’ after a ‘tumultuous time’.
Alex says he has been flooded with racist trolling following the row.
He’s written an article, explaining he’s been ‘subjected to relentless racism myself on social media’, and has left Twitter and Facebook.
In the Telegraph he writes: “Three weeks ago I took part in a television debate about the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to publicly reveal the racism they claimed to have suffered as members of the Royal Family, and the impact on their mental health,’
“Since then I have been subjected to relentless racism myself on social media. I haven’t announced it (like the former Arsenal player Thierry Henry did this week when he publicly quit social media, in response to anonymous racist bullying) but I have been forced to step away from Twitter and Facebook myself, because it was getting too much. I am a strong person, but I am not made of steel.”
Thierry Henry released a statement last week, announcing he was “removing myself from social media” until the platforms have improved their regulation.
He also blamed “the sheer volume of racism, bullying and resulting mental torture”.
Alex also referenced yesterday’s controversial report that says there is no ‘evidence’ of institutional racism in the UK.
Beresford says that the report delivers a “false sense of hope that our work is done” and also gives “social media racists the comfort to push a little bit further as they hide in plain sight”. He insists that social media is a “reflection of a bigger problem in society” and “these people are your co-workers, they are even a parent at the school gate.”
Are you surprised by his comments?
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