Transgender ex-model Munroe Bergdorf has abruptly stepped down from the role of LGBT advisor to British Labour secretary Dawn Butler, blaming ‘right-wing’ media for the decision.
Taking to Twitter to notify followers with a public letter, Bergdorf states that stepping down was a “decision that I’ve had to make due to endless attacks on my character by the conservative right wing press and relentless online abuse.”
Bergdorf goes on to say “I refuse to be painted as a villain or used as a pawn in the press’ efforts, especially those at The Daily Mail, to discredit the Labour Party and push their transphobic rightist agendas.” Bergdorf also claims that the recent controversy had been “blown out of all proportion.”
I won't let this continue to be a distraction or stand in the way of the LGBT+ panel's success. pic.twitter.com/O89Uz4CmS9
— Munroe Bergdorf 🌹🌹 (@MunroeBergdorf) March 6, 2018
Bergdorf’s decision was not exempt from criticism. Carrie Symonds, Director of Communications for the Conservative party, condemned the apology, tweeting that it was a “shame [Burgdorf’s] chosen to blame the media rather than apologize for her racist and homophobic comments.”
Munroe Bergorf has stood down as Labour's equalities adviser.
It's a shame she's chosen to blame the media rather than apologise for her racist and homophobic comments pic.twitter.com/MYy3ebdK5Y
— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) March 6, 2018
The reaction on social media to the news was mixed, with some offering condolences and support to Bergdorf, and others criticizing the situation.
No one has any issue with her being trans, it's her hateful beliefs that are being attacked. She is no role model and you lot should really research who you choose to look up to before following them blindly.
— Lionheart ウェスト (@BastardOfBexley) March 6, 2018
Don't get they give you chance to quit? you should of got the sack. if you was white women you would of had the internet going mental and rightly so. But you play the victim instead
— Richard C Ossitt (@Rossitt77) March 7, 2018
stay strong and positive, you're a role model for your community whether it's in an official capacity or not. I'm sorry white people are like this.
— Patches (@larry__sam) March 6, 2018
A role model for racism you mean?
— Isobel Henley Ward (@WardHenley) March 6, 2018
You're possibly one of the most self righteous attention seekers I've had the displeasure of witnessing.
You're really not that important. Relax.
— Garry Stoneham (@GazzaStoneham) March 6, 2018
So sad to hear this :((((( sending lots of strength and solidarity! Can't believe the ridiculous notion that white people can experience racism was the cause of this. Keep rising! xx
— Mari-Claire Price (@mariclairep) March 6, 2018
Bergdorf’s resignation comes after a series of offensive tweets were unearthed by press, including one which branded a woman “a hairy barren lesbian” and another that said “Gay male Tories are a special kind of dickhead.”
Gay male Tories are a special kind of dickhead. It's actually quite astonishing.
— Munroe Bergdorf 🌹🌹 (@MunroeBergdorf) April 23, 2017
In response to this, Bergdorf was unapologetic over calling gay Tories dickheads.
On gay male Conservatives, whereas the language that I used was strong and perhaps I wouldn't use that turn of phrase now. I do continue to be confused by how somebody who identifies as a gay male can actively support a political party such as the Conservatives…
— Munroe Bergdorf 🌹🌹 (@MunroeBergdorf) February 27, 2018
Bergdorf’s appointment to party advisor caused controversy and backlash last week. MP Helen Grant even took to Twitter with an open letter to Dawn Butler, urging her to reconsider allowing Bergdorf onto the LGBT panel. Bergdorf has previously called all white people racist and was spectacularly fired from L’Oreal as the cosmetic company’s first transgender spokesperson over such comments.
@DawnButlerBrent urgently needs to reconsider her appointment of Munroe Bergdorf. The kind of language Bergdorf has used has no place in public life and ought to be condemned by all those who are serious about promoting equality. pic.twitter.com/OjZ9M0WOsO
— Helen Grant MP (@HelenGrantMP) February 27, 2018
We await with baited breath to see how Labour will continue to destroy their party image next.
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