Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Must not call even a white man a gorilla if he has some black ancestry
The Mayor of Liverpool has called on News UK to sack columnist Kelvin MacKenzie claiming an article he wrote contained a “racial slur” against Everton footballer Ross Barkley.
The alleged “racial slur” against Barkley centred on MacKenzie’s opinion that he was a “one of our dimmest footballers”. The columnist added: “I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo.”
But the columnist said he had “no idea” of the 23-year-old England international’s heritage, as Barkley has a Nigerian grandfather.
Mayor Anderson reported the comments to Merseyside Police and IPSO – the Independent Press Standards Organisation – while MacKenzie was suspended by News UK.