Man at centre of Alastair Stewart Twitter storm responds


Viewers and fellow broadcasters have accused ITN bosses of ‘forcing out’ their longest-serving newsreader Alastair Stewart after he described a black Twitter person of being an ‘offended ape’ and have launched a bid to get him reinstated. 

Greater than 16,000 individuals have signed a petition demanding Mr Stewart, 67, will get his job of greater than 40 years again and that his accuser Martin Shapland, 34, makes a public apology. 

The Change.org petition describes the race row as ‘ridiculous’ and comes after veteran BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil declared that ‘the one rationalization might be the ITN fits wished him out – and seized their probability.’ 

Mr Neil, 70, stated his ITN peer is ‘the one particular person to be fired for quoting Shakespeare precisely’ after Mr Stewart posted a tweet that his bosses declare was a ‘breach of social media coverage and editorial pointers’. 

He’s one among a number of distinguished journalists who’ve accused ITN officers of ‘hanging him out to dry’ in a ‘public shaming’ that even his colleagues have stated was unfair. 

His accuser Mr Shapland, a lobbyist from east London, additionally defended him in the present day, saying ‘an apology would have been sufficient’ and he ‘takes no pleasure’ in his choice to face down.   

The petition calling for Mr Stewart’s reinstatement reads: ‘Alastair Stewart has been ridiculously compelled to stop his function on ITV after 40 years on account of Martin Shapland accused him of calling him ‘an offended ape’ after quoting Shakespeare. 

‘Regardless of no direct dialog on twitter between the 2 and with Martin utilizing racism because the offense. The quote is reference to how an individual can lose their sight with anger and refuse to take heed to purpose. 

‘It’s not racist both, Martin must take account the evolution of apes to people of all races. Martin must publicly apologise and Alastair must have his job reinstated!’        

Stewart was the longest-serving male newsreader after joining Southern Television in 1976 then ITN in 1980

Mary had to go on live TV to tell viewers Mr Stewart, the longest-serving UK male newsreader, wouldn't be seen again

Ranvir Singh, Good Morning Britain’s Political Editor (proper in the present day), stated Mr Stewart (left this month), the longest-serving UK male newsreader, isn’t racist and has spent his profession encouraging ethnic minority journalists

Martin Shapland (pictured) was in a debate with Mr Stewart on Twitter when the veteran newsreader quoted a passage from Shakespeare that included the words 'angry ape'. Mr Shapland described this as a 'disgrace'

Martin Shapland (pictured) was in a debate with Mr Stewart on Twitter when the veteran newsreader quoted a passage from Shakespeare that included the phrases ‘offended ape’. Mr Shapland described this as a ‘shame’

ITN newsreader Mary Nightingale was near tears final evening after she introduced her ‘good friend and mentor’ Alastair Stewart had been compelled out by their bosses over a Twitter spat

More than 16,000 people have signed a petition demanding Mr Stewart, 67, gets his job of more than 40 years back and that his accuser Martin Shapland, 34, makes a public apology

Greater than 16,000 individuals have signed a petition demanding Mr Stewart, 67, will get his job of greater than 40 years again and that his accuser Martin Shapland, 34, makes a public apology

ITV and BBC stars are rallying across the 67-year-old and Mary Nightingale was in tears on dwell TV final evening as she instructed viewers he wouldn’t be seen once more after 44 years on the station. Fellow ITN newsreader Julie Etchingham led tributes to ‘gentleman’ Mr Stewart.  

Good Morning Britain’s political editor Ranvir Singh, one of many UK’s most senior British Asian journalists, stated in the present day: ‘I might by no means use the phrase racist and his title in the identical sentence’ and revealed he has spent his profession mentoring reporters from ethnic minorities.

One on the UK’s greatest recognized information broadcasters, who requested not be named, instructed MailOnline: ‘It is an absolute shambles and a shame. I do not know if that is cowl for one thing else – if somebody wished him out anyway they need to have allowed a extra gracious retirement – nevertheless it provides our trade a nasty title and a nasty look. Illiberal, obtuse, disloyal and illiterate’. 

ITN has refused to provide extra particulars on his sudden departure however a number of sources stated it associated to a Twitter spat on January 13. His bosses are stated to have been nervous about his social media exercise after he referred to as somebody an ‘absolute p***okay’ final yr. 

Mr Shapland has spoken out almost 24 hours after Mr Stewart left ITN - and said that an apology would have sufficed but did not know how ITV and ITN had made their final decision

Mr Shapland has spoken out nearly 24 hours after Mr Stewart left ITN – and stated that an apology would have sufficed however didn’t understand how ITV and ITN had made their closing choice 

Revealed: Alastair Stewart used SAME ‘offended ape’ Shakespeare quote throughout Twitter row with WHITE environmentalist 18 months in the past 

Alastair Stewart used the 'angry ape' quote from Measure for Measure during a Twitter row with a white environmentalist 18 months ago, it emerged today.

The tweet emerged after the veteran presenter was forced out of ITN last night after black Twitter user Martin Shapland complained he used the phrase towards him.

Alastair Stewart used the ‘offended ape’ quote from Measure for Measure throughout a Twitter row with a white environmentalist 18 months in the past, it emerged in the present day.

The tweet emerged after the veteran presenter was compelled out of ITN final evening after black Twitter person Martin Shapland complained he used the phrase in the direction of him.

However in June 2018, Mr Stewart had used precisely the identical Shakespeare quote in an change – this time over horsefeed and ragwort – with a white Twitter person.

He had been in a dialogue with Buddies of the Earth supporter Neil Jones, an environmentalist, nature fanatic and ragwort skilled from Swansea, South Wales. 

Mr Stewart was responding to a tweet by Mr Jones who had stated he had spent years finding out ragwort and had checked his information with information and different consultants. 

Earlier than his spat about royal funding with Mr Shapland, Mr Stewart additionally debated followers on controversial points comparable to anti-Semitism and the atmosphere – however ITN has refused to say if he was warned about his tweeting earlier than his exit yesterday.

His ITN colleagues are stated to be signing a ‘get Alastair Stewart reinstated’ petition launched in the present day and one senior supply instructed Buzzfeed’s Alex Wickham: ‘Anna Mallett (ITN CEO) and her wingman Chris Shaw (ITN Editorial Director) should come out and clarify why they’ve hung him out for a public shaming. It’s a complete shame’. 

At 5pm yesterday the 67-year-old newsreader stated he was quitting after ‘a misjudgement which I remorse’ on social media and instructed mates he was ‘very unhappy it was ending this manner’ after an internet row with Mr Shapland about the place he quoted strains from William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.  

Nevertheless it has now emerged Mr Stewart, who has been topped Britain’s prime information presenter by the Royal Tv Society thrice in his profession and has an OBE for companies to broadcasting, used the identical passage together with ‘offended ape’ in a Twitter debate on ragwort in June 2018 with Swansea environmentalist Neil Jones, who’s white.  

As Mr Stewart’s sudden departure prompted a serious storm, it has emerged:

  • ITN bosses have been requested to ‘clarify themselves’ to irate employees over choice to pressure out their longest-serving broadcaster – colleagues stated to be signing on-line petition;
  • Man at centre of the race row says he has had a ‘dying risk’ since Mr Stewart stepped down and believes an apology would have sufficed;  
  • Three-times NTS presenter of the yr who has an OBE for companies to broadcasting is mendacity low in his £1.7m Hampshire farmhouse;
  • Colleagues at ITN together with Mary Nightingale, Julie Etchingham and Ranvir Singh reward ‘gentleman’ they name ‘Al’;
  • Ms Nightingale compelled to announce his departure on dwell TV and struggled to carry again tears after working collectively for 27 years; 
  • BBC powerhouse presenter Andrew Neil declares: ‘Alastair Stewart — now the one particular person to be fired for quoting Shakespeare precisely. The one rationalization might be the ITN fits wished him out — and seized their probability;

Mr Shapland deleted all his tweets in the present day amid scrutiny of his personal social media the place he was accused of ‘anti-white bigotry’ as a result of his messages have been filled with rants about ‘f***ing white privilege’. 

In the present day he tweeted: ‘Civil and political discourse has develop into far too vicious within the final 5 years. I might ask that we attempt to deal with one another with a bit extra respect, kindness and understanding.’

He thanked critic Kate Maltby, saying she ‘witnessed the entire incident’ and concurred ‘that the change was out of character’.

Miss Maltby had tweeted: ‘I’ve admired Alastair Stewart for years, and actually loved attending to know him a bit on right here. However I watched the precise change in actual time, as a result of I additionally comply with and like his interlocutor. And it was a lot, a lot nastier than has been reported. It wasn’t simply the “ape” quote.

‘As I recall, AS (Alastair Stewart) went on a rant about Martin’s training stage, dismissed the chance he might have a level, actually picked on him by quote-tweeting & encouraging a pile-on’.

Ms Nightingale, Julie Etchingham and ex- boss Richard Frediani have paid tribute to a ‘broadcasting legend’ whereas over on the BBC, star presenter Andrew Neil stated: ‘Alastair Stewart – Now the one particular person to be fired for quoting Shakespeare precisely. The one rationalization might be the ITN fits wished him out — and seized their probability’. 

And as requires him to be reinstated grew, Good Morning Britain political editor Ranvir Singh, one of many UK’s greatest recognized British Asian broadcasters, in the present day declared she ‘adores’ the ‘gracious and inspiring’ newsreader and revealed his ‘satisfaction’ at mentoring ‘black expertise’ over time.  She added: ‘I name my son a monkey on a regular basis [and say]: ‘come on you little monkey get to mattress’. I am not being racist. I discover it actually unsettling’.  

Stewart's decision to step down comes after a black Twitter user claimed he 'called him an angry ape' three weeks ago. Martin Shapland later branded Stewart a 'disgrace'

Stewart’s choice to step down comes after a black Twitter person claimed he ‘referred to as him an offended ape’ three weeks in the past. Martin Shapland later branded Stewart a ‘shame’

Lobbyist who accused Alastair Stewart of racism is a Lib dem supporter who ranted about ‘f***ing white privilege’

Martin Shapland, 34, is a former Liberal Democrat researcher who lives in Stratford, East London.

Based on his LinkedIn web page, Mr Shapland obtained a level in fashionable historical past and political sciences from Birmingham College.

He has been a coverage supervisor on the Establishment of Civil Engineers for the previous two years and was beforehand a Home of Commons researcher.

His LinkedIn web page says: ‘Knowledgeable with a background in campaigns, communications, coverage and analysis working in Parliament and for volunteer organisations over the past eight years.’ 

The block the place he lives has flats ranging in worth from £220,000 to £560,000, in line with Zoopla. It isn’t clear whether or not he has a companion.

Mr Shapland, whose Twitter account consists of the outline ‘Tweet in haste, repent at leisure’, instructed MailOnline at his house in the present day: ‘I’ve simply put one thing on Twitter and I’ve stated all I’ve to say.’

Requested in regards to the Twitter row between Me Stewart and its worker, an ICE spokesman stated: ‘It’s a non-public matter.’ 

A broadcaster who labored with Alastair Stewart for a few years hit out at his departure.

‘If they simply wished rid of him, which today simply occurs since you’re a bit previous and a bit costly, there are different, fairer methods,’ the broadcaster instructed PA.

‘He is senior, he is effectively beloved. He is someone who ought to have left in a blaze of glory. He is one of many greats … It is this fairly fashionable thought that you just get cancelled for saying only one factor,’ the broadcaster stated.

‘Very, very senior journalists, broadcasters who both labored with him or know him by their jobs, are fairly appalled that this has occurred to him.’

Good Morning Britain host Ben Shephard stated: ‘I have been fortunate sufficient to work with Alastair over time as effectively, and he is an awfully beneficiant particular person with expertise as a broadcaster to work with.’

Broadcaster Katie Derham wrote on Twitter: ‘So very sorry to listen to the information about Alastair Stewart stepping down from ITN. A really pricey good friend and colleague; monumental enjoyable and very supportive, and unbelievably effectively knowledgeable. He shall be missed.’ 

Mr Stewart is believed to be at his £1.7million Hampshire farm in the present day and a person believed to be Alastair’s son stated his father wouldn’t be commenting additional in the present day.  

Yesterday night his colleague of 27-years Mary Nightingale struggled to not cry as she was compelled to inform viewers how Mr Stewart was stepping down following ‘errors of judgement in Alastair’s use of social media which breached ITN’s editorial pointers’.

Viewers mentioning that her eyes gave the impression to be crimson from tears with many followers venting their anger about how he was ‘badly handled’ and  ‘denied a correct on-screen goodbye’ after greater than 4 a long time on tv.  

Shortly earlier than happening air Mary tweeted: ‘Very unhappy in regards to the departure of #AlastairStewart. He was a very good good friend and mentor to me after I began at Carlton TV, and we labored collectively for greater than 27 years. I’ll miss him’. 

Talking on GMB in the present day Ranvir Singh stated: ‘He’s a gentleman and he has performed nothing however encourage me, it saddens me. 

ITV’s social media insurance policies prohibiting ‘something which may injury the model’

Like all media corporations ITV has pointers for the way staff ought to conduct themselves on social media.

The ITV social media coverage says: ‘Don’t do something which may injury any ITV model or ITV relationships (e.g. with expertise or industrial shoppers) as this may result in points with the contracts held with these events which can embody provisions requiring us to not injury their repute’

There are additionally quite a few prohibited actions within the pointers that are: ‘Don’t make offensive statements and be notably cautious to keep away from offensive statements regarding a person’s age, gender, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, being pregnant/maternity, sexual orientation, incapacity, race, faith and tradition’

‘I would like to talk to him and discover out what he meant. From what I perceive is the misjudgement that could be getting drawn right into a spat. I might put my home on it that not for one second did he write it in a slur’. 

Mr Stewart, who’s married with 4 youngsters, was the nation’s longest-serving male newsreader. 

He began on Southern Tv in 1976 and joined ITN in 1980. An OBE got here in 2006 for companies to broadcasting. 

Together with Mary Nightingale, his colleagues leapt to his defence, saying the broadcasting ‘legend’ had been ‘shunted out’. One insisted final evening: ‘Alastair isn’t a racist.’

Information anchor Julie Etchingham tweeted: ‘So unhappy to study this – we now have labored on many massive tales collectively & Al is a trusted good friend and information to many people.’

Former ITV Information boss Richard Frediani referred to as him ‘a loyal good friend, colleague, mentor, information and way more to many, many journalists’, including: ‘Merely one of the best on and off display screen. A broadcasting legend.’ 

Broadcasters have rallied around Mr Stewart who has won a string of awards in his career and received an OBE in 2006 for services to broadcasting

Broadcasters have rallied round Mr Stewart who has received a string of awards in his profession and obtained an OBE in 2006 for companies to broadcasting

More than a year ago Alastair Stewart used the same quote while debating with another Twitter user who is white during a row

Greater than a yr in the past Alastair Stewart used the identical quote whereas debating with one other Twitter person who’s white throughout a row

After she spoke out on GMB one viewer criticised her for defending her friend because she is a 'woman of colour'

After she spoke out on GMB one viewer criticised her for defending her good friend as a result of she is a ‘lady of color’

The Shakespeare quote on the coronary heart of Alastair Stewart’s social media rift

Alastair, pictured together with his spouse of 42 years Sally Ann, used Shakespeare within the row that led to his departure

In a Twitter row Mr Stewart determined to cite a brief passage from Measure by Measure by William Shakespeare.

The play was written in both 1603 or 1604 and is a darkish comedy a few choose, Angelo, who leads the federal government in Vienna whereas the Duke is away.

The particular half Mr Stewart tweeted is a brief speech by a personality referred to as Isabella, who has come to plead with Angelo for her brother’s life after he’s sentenced to die.

Angelo refuses her request, and in response to him she says:  ‘However man, proud man,

‘Gown’d in a bit temporary authority,

‘Most blind to what he is most assur’d—

‘His glassy essence—like an offended ape

‘Performs such incredible tips earlier than excessive heaven

‘As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens,

‘Would all themselves snort mortal’

Specialists say Shakespeare’s simile ‘like an offended ape’ utilized in Isabella’s tirade at Angelo is to indicate his reversion to a human being’s fundamental instincts comparable to self-preservation – reasonably than a racist trope. 

Stewart and Martin Shapland, who’s black, have been debating the Royal Household’s funds on-line when the information anchor cited a passage from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure that included the phrase ‘offended ape’.

Stewart wrote: ‘However man, proud man, Gown’d in a bit temporary authority, Most blind to what he is most assur’d – His glassy essence – like an offended ape.’

Describing Stewart as a shame, Mr Shapland shared the tweet and stated: ‘Simply an ITV newsreader referring to me as an ape.’

In a press release, the presenter stated: ‘It was a misjudgement which I remorse, nevertheless it’s been a privilege to deliver the information to households all through the UK for the previous 40 years.’

In 2018 Stewart used the identical quote in an change with one other Twitter person who was not identifiably black.

Supporters stated he appeared to have a behavior of utilizing the phrase to make some extent about these he felt have been claiming to be consultants in a sure discipline. An ITN insider stated: ‘He would have thought he was being intelligent and it was merely an harmless put-down. He’s actually not a racist in any manner.

‘Alastair is a vastly widespread determine, effectively preferred, type and one thing of an establishment.

‘It’s unhappy if he has needed to go due to this. He accepts the error of judgement, however many imagine that, if this was the rationale he’s going, it was unsuitable, and he would be the first man ever fired for precisely quoting Shakespeare.’ 

A supply at ITN, which produces information programmes for ITV, Channel four and Channel 5, stated the newsroom was in shock, however that there was a ‘blended view’, with some youthful employees agreeing with the choice to take away him.

Extra senior employees shared their idea that it was an excuse to do away with the veteran, who was on a six-figure wage. One insider stated: ‘Formally he stop, nevertheless it was a fait accompli – a case of ‘resign, and do the honourable factor’.’

Mr Shapland, whose Twitter account consists of the outline ‘tweet in haste, repent at leisure’.

Mr Stewart, pictured with broadcasters including Emily Maitlis, Katie Derham, Mary Nightingale, and Natasha Kaplinsky has received a great deal of support from his colleagues, many of whom believe he is badly treated

Mr Stewart, pictured with broadcasters together with Emily Maitlis, Katie Derham, Mary Nightingale, and Natasha Kaplinsky has obtained quite a lot of assist from his colleagues, a lot of whom imagine he’s badly handled

Viewers believe his exit could and should have have been handled differently - and not ended with '2 sentences' from a visibly grieving Mary Nightingale

Viewers believe his exit could and should have have been handled differently - and not ended with '2 sentences' from a visibly grieving Mary Nightingale

Viewers imagine his exit might and may have have been dealt with in a different way – and never ended with ‘2 sentences’ from a visibly grieving Mary Nightingale

Alastair Stewart: Information veteran with 40 years in entrance of the digicam 

Broadcasting large Alastair Stewart’s choice to step down from presenting duties comes after a 40-year profession in entrance of the digicam.

Mr Stewart, 67, was born on June 22 1952 in Gosport, Hampshire, to folks who each served within the Royal Air Drive.  He attended the state Madras School in Fife, Scotland, earlier than shifting to the unbiased Salesian School in Hampshire, then St Augustine’s Abbey College in Ramsgate, Kent. 

His first steps into tv got here when he joined Southern Tv in Southampton as a reporter and presenter. Mr Stewart was one of many final to interview Lord Louis Mountbatten earlier than he was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

He joined ITN in 1980 as industrial correspondent – and the broadcaster would develop into his skilled house. Quickly after he was invited to affix the roster of further newsreaders and, from 1983 to 1986, he was a presenter and reporter with ITN’s Channel four Information.

In 1989 he moved to ITV’s Information At Ten the place he turned the lead presenter on the flagship present’s main information bulletins.

Till his departure from the broadcaster Mr Stewart’s portfolio of labor noticed him transfer between the lunchtime, night and 10pm exhibits whereas presenting particular programmes.

He married Sally Ann Jung in 1978 and has 4 youngsters.  A fan of rock music, Mr Stewart received Movie star Mastermind in December 2009 with The Rolling Stones as his specialist topic. 

In later tweets in his spat with Stewart he described the presenter’s behaviour as ‘ignorant bullying’ and urged he ought to take classes in etiquette.

Based on his LinkedIn web page, Mr Shapland obtained a level in fashionable historical past and political sciences from Birmingham College and has been a coverage supervisor on the Establishment of Civil Engineers for the previous two years.

He was beforehand a Home of Commons researcher.

Requested in regards to the Twitter row between Stewart and its worker, a spokesman for the ICE stated: ‘It’s a non-public matter.’

Michael Jermey, director of stories and present affairs at ITV, stated: ‘Alastair has been a long-standing, acquainted determine to viewers of ITV Information, each reporting and presenting with distinction. We want him the perfect for the longer term.’

ITN chief government Anna Mallett added: ‘We wish to recognise Alastair’s contribution as one of many UK’s foremost journalists and TV presenters and to thank him for his dedication to delivering high-quality broadcast information over a few years.’

Final evening the door to Stewart’s house in Hampshire was answered by a younger man who stated: ‘Yeah he’s not going to be saying something tonight.’

In his lengthy profession, Stewart has fronted the whole lot from election protection to Police, Digicam, Motion! – a job he misplaced after crashing his Mercedes right into a hedge whereas thrice the drink-drive restrict.

Assist for Stewart additionally got here from broadcaster Danny Baker, who was sacked final yr from BBC Radio 5 Stay for likening Prince Harry’s son Archie to a chimp.

Baker retweeted a remark by comic Rory Bremner who praised Stewart as ‘a very good good friend’ and referred to as him ‘beneficiant, supportive and fast to appropriate unfairness or nonsense, authoritative, type and one among life’s fans’.

Alastair Stewart and Martin Shapland: The transcript 

Right here is the change on Twitter between Alastair Stewart and Martin Shapland on January 13:

Alastair Stewart: ‘The Queen’s father, George VI, died at Sandringham. It’s a place of poignancy for her.’

Martin Shapland: ‘I think about all of her castles and palaces are poignant not directly. Let’s not cease to marvel why one household will get to have so many palatial properties at taxpayers’ expense although. Would possibly realise what a rip-off it’s.’

AS: ‘I am guessing you have not learn a lot historical past.’

MS: ‘Effectively I’ve a level in it so certain, let’s simply make stuff up?’

AS: ‘That is your final probability. As a scholar of historical past you need to know the premise of the monetary relationship between the Crown and the taxpayer. It was sealed with the Civil Checklist which was subsequently changed by the Sovereign Grant and finessed by the John Main tax deal.’

MS: ‘The civil listing was abolished in 2010. So on the ball.’

AS: ‘However man, proud man, / Gown’d in a bit temporary authority, / Most blind to what he’s most assur’d – / His glassy essence – like an offended ape, / Performs such incredible tips earlier than excessive heaven, / As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens, / Would all themselves snort mortal’

MS: ‘Simply an ITV newsreader referring to me as an ape with the quilt of Shakespeare. Measure for measure, Alistair is a shame.’

AS: *Halo emoji*

MS: ‘He is even performed his personal model of ‘harmless face’. May I ask what ITV, ITV Information and Geoff Hill consider this?’

The early morning Twitter row between Martin Shapland and Alastair Stewart began on January 13 when Alastair Stewart referred to the importance of Sandingham to the Queen, where she was meeting Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. Mr Shapland then tweeted about how much the royals cost the taxpayer. The broadcaster was drawn into the row over funding which culminated in the presenter quoting the Shakespeare quote that cost him his job yesterday

The early morning Twitter row between Martin Shapland and Alastair Stewart started on January 13 when Alastair Stewart referred to the significance of Sandingham to the Queen, the place she was assembly Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. Mr Shapland then tweeted about how a lot the royals value the taxpayer. The broadcaster was drawn into the row over funding which culminated within the presenter quoting the Shakespeare quote that value him his job yesterday

ITV broadcaster Ranvir Singh is attacked on Twitter for ‘placing friendship over actuality’ after defending ex-colleague Alastair Stewart as ‘not racist and a gents’ after he was compelled to stop over race row

ITV reporter Ranvir Singh was in the present day criticised for backing her colleague Alastair Stewart after he was compelled out of ITN over claims of racism.

Mrs Singh, 42, who was raised in a Sikh household in Preston, stood up for the veteran presenter after a black Twitter person complained he referred to as him an ‘offended ape’.

She instructed ITV’s Good Morning Britain in the present day that Mr Stewart was not racist and in addition stated how she typically calls her son Tushaan a ‘monkey’ however isn’t being racist to him.

However Twitter customers criticised Mrs Singh for her views as a ‘lady of color’ and urged she had put her friendship with Mr Stewart over the problem of racism.

One stated: ‘You’ve chosen to place friendship over what in actuality is an current difficulty within the media. As a lady of color you need to know the place of the opposite gentleman and the way these could also be perceived. The context there.’

However Mrs Singh responded: ‘This was a few particular particular person and I spoke about my particular expertise of the person. I do not admire being instructed what you suppose I ‘ought to know’ however you are entitled to your view. Thanks.’ 

Mrs Singh, who joined ITV in 2012 and is the political editor of GMB, stated she had spoken to Mr Stewart in textual content messages final evening and he instructed her he was ‘OK’.

She stated in the present day: ‘I might by no means use the phrase racist and his title in the identical sentence. I’ve sat with him for hours and hours and hours, days and days and days, years, and he has solely ever been gracious and inspiring to me.

‘Now we have had talks about how he and his spouse have felt pleased with what I’ve achieved and the way Alastair Stewart has talked about different black abilities within the newsroom and wider and why corporations do not give them extra work and the way he sees black expertise somewhere else and he needs them to have extra work and he would know in his place that which may imply that he would possibly get much less work.’

Mrs Singh posted this photograph of her with friend and colleague Alastair Stewart last night

Mrs Singh posted this {photograph} of her with good friend and colleague Alastair Stewart final evening

Mrs Singh added: ‘I can solely inform you from my very own expertise that he’s a gentleman and he has performed nothing apart from completely encourage me. It saddens me.’

Mrs Singh said she she often calls her son Tushaan (pictured together in London last July) a 'monkey' but is not being racist to him

Mrs Singh stated she she typically calls her son Tushaan (pictured collectively in London final July) a ‘monkey’ however isn’t being racist to him

Mr Stewart stated he was quitting after ‘a misjudgement which I remorse’ on social media. He instructed mates he was ‘very unhappy it was ending this manner’ after 40 years within the job.

Mr Stewart and Martin Shapland, who’s black, have been debating the Royal Household’s funds on-line when the information anchor cited a passage from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure that included the phrase ‘offended ape’.

Mr Stewart wrote: ‘However man, proud man, Gown’d in a bit temporary authority, Most blind to what he is most assur’d – His glassy essence – like an offended ape, Performs such incredible tips earlier than excessive heaven, As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens, Would all themselves snort mortal.’

Describing Mr Stewart as a shame, Mr Shapland shared the tweet and stated: ‘Simply an ITV newsreader referring to me as an ape.’

Talking about what Mr Stewart stated, Mrs Singh added: ‘Do you return and unpick the entire of literature? My God, it wasn’t a quote from Enoch Powell, there are issues that you already know – ‘no, do not try this’.

‘I did English literature, I do not comprehend it inside out, I suppose individuals are Googling Measure for Measure this morning to determine precisely what this quote means, so far as I perceive, was Shakespeare being racist when he wrote ‘offended ape’ or was he simply saying in an Elizabethan period?’

Requested if she might see why it was offensive, she added: ‘It is laborious to face in somebody’s sneakers. I feel that if you’re offended with someone and also you’re having a spat, I do not know what the thread stated, I do not suppose any of us actually know what that thread was truly about, we simply have seen that one change.

Mrs Singh tweeted about Mr Stewart last night, saying she has 'adored' working with him

Mrs Singh tweeted about Mr Stewart final evening, saying she has ‘adored’ working with him

‘Is it OK to see issues maybe in that particular person’s view maybe he felt that however all I can say that that quote from Shakespeare in an Elizabethan period I feel was in all probability meant about primitive behaviour – it wasn’t in regards to the color.’

She added: ‘I name my son a monkey on a regular basis, come on you little monkey, get into mattress. I am not being racist to my son after I name him a monkey, proper, however after all that is simply my expertise.

‘I discover it actually unsettling to speak about this as a result of he’s my good friend, Alastair is, and I really feel sorry for him and I want this hadn’t occurred but in addition I do not know who this man is on Twitter and I do not know what his difficulty was with that and I really feel sorry for Alastair and that is all I can actually say and I simply really feel that, are you able to return and unpick the entire of literature?’

Twitter users criticised Mrs Singh for her views as a 'woman of colour' and suggested she had put her friendship with Mr Stewart over the issue of racism

Twitter customers criticised Mrs Singh for her views as a ‘lady of color’ and urged she had put her friendship with Mr Stewart over the problem of racism

Requested by Susanna Reid what the response to her posting an image of her with Mr Stewart final evening, she stated: ‘I do not at all times learn the whole lot on social media if I am completely sincere and maybe the lesson is, or maybe the educational, is I do not have interaction with members of the general public in a confrontational manner ever.

‘I do not do it and I actually do not tweet about race, I do not tweet about very a lot, I am a bit garbage on social media, and possibly that is a very good factor, however I simply suppose Alastair has engaged in taking individuals on who take him on in that enviornment and maybe the educational is, I do not know what Alastair meant when he stated it was a ‘misjudgement’ that he regrets – does he remorse quoting that bit or does he remorse simply being drawn right into a spat with a member of the general public and really I feel maybe I am going to want to talk to him and discover out what he meant by that.’

She added: ‘He loves phrases, I’ve sat there – when he’s attempting to write down the headlines, he pores over each phrase, he is very cautious, he understands the emphasis, and I feel maybe he could be considering ‘gosh, possibly I ought to have re-read that quote and considered it twice’. 

‘However I completely say in my intestine I might completely inform you that I might put my home on it that not for one second did he write that quote considering that it was in any manner a slur on somebody’s pores and skin color.’ 

Lobbyist who accused Alastair Stewart of racism DELETES his previous tweets after being referred to as out for ‘anti-white bigotry’ and asks that ‘individuals deal with one another with extra RESPECT’ on Twitter

The black Twitter person whose change led to Alastair Stewart being compelled out of ITN deleted his previous tweets in the present day after being criticised for ‘anti-white bigotry’. 

Martin Shapland, 34, a lobbyist who complained the veteran presenter referred to as him an ‘offended ape’, eliminated his earlier tweets amid scrutiny of his personal social media.

The previous Liberal Democrat researcher from Stratford, East London was accused of racism himself over his messages that includes rants about ‘f***ing white privilege’. 

Martin Shapland (pictured) was in a debate with Alastair Stewart on Twitter when the veteran newsreader quoted a passage from Shakespeare that included the words 'angry ape'

Martin Shapland (pictured) was in a debate with Alastair Stewart on Twitter when the veteran newsreader quoted a passage from Shakespeare that included the phrases ‘offended ape’

Martin Shapland social media posts

Martin Shapland social media posts

In earlier messages, he referred to a dialogue on variety final July (left), saying: ‘This panel is so wealthy and so white it is principally a cheesecake’. Then in reference to a tweet from Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (proper) about him campaigning within the rain final November, Mr Shapland stated: ‘That is so white and depressing it is like consuming a cheesecake that is fairly soggy’

Mr Shapland previously highlighted 'f***ing white privilege' in a series of social media posts

Mr Shapland beforehand highlighted ‘f***ing white privilege’ in a collection of social media posts

In earlier messages on-line, he referred to a Radio Occasions dialogue on variety in radio final July, saying: ‘This panel is so wealthy and so white it is principally a cheesecake’.

Then in reference to a tweet from Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg about him campaigning within the rain forward of the Normal Election final November, Mr Shapland stated: ‘That is so white and depressing it is like consuming a cheesecake that is fairly soggy.’

Based on his LinkedIn web page, Mr Shapland obtained a level in fashionable historical past and political sciences from Birmingham College.

He has been a coverage supervisor on the Establishment of Civil Engineers for the previous two years and was beforehand a Home of Commons researcher. 

Twitter account Socialist Voice, which has 70,000 followers, posted a collection of previous social media messages from Mr Shapland, saying he has ‘points with white individuals’. 

They added: ‘Martin Shapland’s Twitter feed is filled with anti-white bigotry – he additionally compares white individuals to ‘cheesecake’ and refers to white privilege.’ 

In the present day, Mr Shapland stated a ‘non-public apology would have been greater than ample’ from Mr Stewart, including that it was ‘regrettable’ that the presenter stop final evening.

Mr Shapland added that he had obtained a ‘torrent of abuse’ from individuals calling him ‘n***er ape’, a ‘f***ing fool’, a ‘c**t’, ‘f***ing ape’ and ‘thick as s***’. 

One other accused him of placing ahead a ‘baseless accusation of racism’ and stated he ‘ought to be able to be trying over your shoulder for the remainder of your life’.

The 67-year-old newsreader stated final evening he was quitting after ‘a misjudgement which I remorse’ on Twitter and instructed mates he was ‘very unhappy it was ending this manner’.

Mr Shapland responded for the primary time this afternoon to the reviews of Mr Stewart quitting on Twitter. 

He tweeted: ‘Thanks to those that have been in contact in the previous few days about Alastair Stewart. I apologise for not getting again to media enquiries extra shortly specifically.

‘I’m not planning to make on or off the file feedback past the assertion under and some clarifying tweets.’

He posted a press release that stated: ‘In as far as Mr Stewart prompted harm and upset, deliberately or in any other case, in an change earlier this month, there’s a wider context.

‘There was not a single put up as has been extensively reported, however a number of posts written by Mr Stewart, which have all now been deleted.

‘I perceive that Mr Stewart has acknowledged the phrases he used have been misjudged and has expressed remorse at what occurred. I thank him for that.  

‘Nobody is ideal. We’re all human and all of us must study from our experiences and errors and attempt to be higher individuals within the wake of them.]

‘An apology and dedication to be extra cautious about language was all that I might have requested.

‘It’s regrettable that he has determined to face down and I take no pleasure in that. He has evidently gone by and ITN and ITV course of and I respect his selection.

‘Civil and political discourse has develop into far too vicious within the final 5 years. I might ask that we attempt to deal with one another with a bit extra respect, kindness and understanding. 

‘In that spirit I contemplate this matter closed and I want Mr Stewart one of the best in his future endeavours.’

Mr Shapland added: ‘A lot of the context of the dialogue was misplaced after tweets have been deleted and I will not go into element right here.

‘I do, nevertheless, need to make clear that I do not understand how ITN, ITV and Mr Stewart got here to a conclusion or what background there was past any change I had with him.’

He continued: ‘My private view is {that a} non-public apology would have been greater than ample to attract a line below this. I’m not, in saying that, second guessing the choice arrived at. 

The Twitter account Socialist Voice, which has 70,000 followers, posted a series of old social media messages from Mr Shapland, saying he has ‘issues with white people’

The Twitter account Socialist Voice, which has 70,000 followers, posted a collection of previous social media messages from Mr Shapland, saying he has ‘points with white individuals’

Alastair Stewart, pictured in November 2018, has stepped down from his presenting role at ITN

Alastair Stewart, pictured in November 2018, has stepped down from his presenting function at ITN

‘I’ve taken the step of eradicating all of my Twitter posts. I’ve been on the receiving finish of a torrent of abuse, and, by the identical token, condemn any comparable behaviour towards figures like (ITV presenter) Ranvir Singh, who I perceive has confronted comparable feedback.’

Talking at his house in East London in the present day, Mr Shapland instructed MailOnline: ‘I’ve simply put one thing on Twitter and I’ve stated all I’ve to say.’ 

Mr Stewart and Mr Shapland, who’s black, have been debating the Royal Household’s funds on-line when the information anchor cited a passage from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure that included the phrase ‘offended ape’.

Mr Stewart wrote: ‘However man, proud man, Gown’d in a bit temporary authority, Most blind to what he is most assur’d – His glassy essence – like an offended ape.’

Describing Stewart as a shame, Mr Shapland shared the tweet and stated: ‘Simply an ITV newsreader referring to me as an ape.’ 

Galaxy of stars come out in assist of the newsreader

Good Morning Britain's Political Editor Ranvir Singh (left) is among the stars who have come out in support of Alastair Stewart (right)

Good Morning Britain’s Political Editor Ranvir Singh (left) is among the many stars who’ve come out in assist of Alastair Stewart (proper)

TREVOR PHILLIPS- Ex-head of the equality and human rights fee

Alastair and I met as youngsters, campaigning towards – amongst different issues – the Nationwide Entrance. I feel he was, maybe, careless in his use of the quote, nevertheless it’s ludicrous to finish a profession this manner. 

There isn’t any manner that Al would have used this picture to belittle somebody due to their race. Individuals’s lives and intentions cannot be condensed right into a single second.

ANDREW NEIL– BBC presenter

Alastair Stewart – very sensible, kindly, skilled, neutral, educated, enjoyable… Now the one particular person to be fired for quoting Shakespeare precisely. The one rationalization might be the ITN fits wished him out – and seized their probability.

RICHARD BACON- Former Radio 5 Stay presenter 

So Alastair Stewart misplaced his job as a result of he quoted Shakespeare in a Twitter row – a quote his bosses deemed offensive however a quote he is used earlier than. Is that it?

MARY NIGHTINGALE- ITN Newsreader

He was a very good good friend and mentor to me after I began at Carlton TV and we labored collectively for greater than 27 years. I’ll miss him.

RANVIR SINGH- Good Morning Britain Political editor 

He has spoken about different black expertise within the newsroom and why corporations do not give them extra work … and he needs them to have extra work. In my intestine, I might put my home on it that not for one second did he write that quote considering that it was in any manner a slur on somebody’s pores and skin color. 

All I can say is that quote from Shakespeare in an Elizabethan period..I feel was in all probability meant about primitive behaviour – it wasn’t in regards to the color. I name my son a monkey on a regular basis [and say]: ‘Come on you little monkey! Get to mattress’. I am not being racist. I discover it actually unsettling.

ADAM BOULTON- Sky Information  

An ideal TV journalist, skilled mannequin and good friend. Alastair Stewart. So unhappy.

BEN SHEPHARD- Good Morning Britain  

I have been fortunate sufficient to work with Alastair over time as effectively and he is an awfully beneficiant particular person.

ANNA BOTTING- Sky Information  

Alastair, hope you’ll be able to nonetheless learn these messages. You’ve got at all times been so supportive and inspiring…for which I’m very grateful. I share the unhappiness at your departure and need you all the perfect.

RORY BREMNER- Comic 

Do not know what that is about however Alastair Stewart is an efficient good friend, tweets knowledgeably & pretty about the whole lot from information to horses, is beneficiant, supportive and fast to appropriate unfairness or nonsense. Authoritative, type & one among life’s nice fans. A loss to ITN (& Twitter).

PROFESSOR SIR JOHN BATE- provost of Worcester faculty, Oxford 

There are many racist insults in Shakespeare, most of them coming from the mouth of the sociopathic loser Iago, who destroys the noble basic Othello as a result of he fails to get promotion and hates the thought of a black man having an attractive white spouse.

However for Shakespeare, the phrase ‘offended ape’ has nothing to do with race. It comes from Measure For Measure, his #MeToo play, wherein a robust man seeks sexual favours from a younger lady who needs to be a nun. 

She replies that males in authority at all times abuse their energy: They ape the facility of God. They’re like an ape that appears in a mirror and goes ape. That is what Shakespeare meant.

It was solely within the wake of Charles Darwin’s idea of evolution, greater than 300 years later, that race entered the equation.



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