An SNP MP has requested the BBC to drop Tyson Fury from its Sports activities Character of the Yr Awards shortlist in a letter to the company’s director basic.
John Nicolson MP stated that nominees for the award will have to be position fashions as smartly remarkable athletes in his letter to Tony Corridor.
Nicolson endured: “On that foundation Tyson Fury will have to no doubt have disqualified himself. He has an extended historical past of expressing toxic anti-gay perspectives. He lately equated homosexuality with paedophilia.
“Via nominating Mr Fury, the BBC endorses his perspectives that he is a task style. Additionally it will therefore, be tricky for the Company to shield itself towards the accusation that it’s part hearted in its opposition to homophobia.”
New Global Heavyweight boxing champion Fury reasons outrage after he in comparison homophobia to paedophilia in an interview within the Mail on Sunday.
A video of Fury pronouncing Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill “slaps up just right” additionally gave the impression on-line final week.
A petition calling for Fury to be got rid of from the Sports activities Character of the Yr award shortlist used to be arrange on trade.org through consumer Scott Cuthbertson from Edinburgh remaining week. It has now won over 96,000 signatures.
I love how @MrJohnNicolson refers to Tyson Fury as “Mr Fury” on this letter to Tony Corridor. percent.twitter.com/OyuHET6GtP
— Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) December eight, 2015
In complete: John Nicolson MP’s letter to BBC Director Common Tyson Fury
The Sports activities Character of the Yr Award is a miles expected tournament on each and every sports activities lover’s calendar. You’ll take note of the anger and misery that have been brought about through the past due nomination of boxer Tyson Fury.
I’m writing to invite that the BBC drops Mr Fury from this yr’s shortlist. Nominees for the award, the BBC makes transparent, will have to now not simply be remarkable athletes. They need to be position fashions as smartly. On that foundation Tyson Fury will have to without a doubt have disqualified himself. He has an extended historical past of expressing toxic, anti-gay perspectives. He just lately equated homosexuality with paedophilia. He has prior to now tweeted the next;
“do not like gays will have to all b shot lifeless.”
And clearing up any recommendation that he regrets his earlier positions, Mr Fury tweeted final night time;
“I stand by way of anything else I have stated prior to now 10000%… I am a roll (sic) style.”
Via nominating Mr Fury, the BBC endorses his view that he is a task style. Additionally it will, therefore, be tricky for the Company to shield itself towards the accusation that it’s part hearted in its opposition to homophobia. I in finding it unimaginable that the BBC would permit his candidacy to continue had he expressed racist, Islamophobic, or anti-Semitic perspectives in such phrases.
All around the nation younger folks – each homosexual and directly – will watch the awards, Mr Fury’s identify going ahead will ship out the clearest of alerts – specifically that excessive biogotry isn’t a disqualification for one among our nation’s very best wearing honours. That can’t be proper.
I have the desire to make this letter to be had for Newsletter.
John Nicolson MP
Supply : HeraldScotland