The Sunday Times were seen this weekend to sack their Irish columnist Keven Myers for his outrageously anti-Semitic and offensive article that was incredibly allowed to be published through the organisation.
In the column, Myers comments on the obvious gap amongst men and women within media corporations such as the BBC, yet argues that even though presenters Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz are female, they are paid more because they are Jewish. Myers displays an unashamed level of anti-Semitic feeling, stating ‘good for them’ and that ‘Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price.’
Sexism also accompanied these anti-Semitic views, as Myers claimed that men should be paid more than women, as they work much harder, they get sick less and they will never fall pregnant, a terrible inconvenience in his opinion.
These comments have undoubtedly caused significant distress as they are seen to attack both the Jewish community and women in the workplace.
This article is only one of the many that have utilised either religion or sexism to get people to engage with the column. Daily Mail columnist Chris Spagnuolo was seen last month to ‘fat shame’ Rihanna, stating that she was going to make being fat the newest trend, whilst posting pictures of the pop star to get likes and ultimately, angry reactions. Spagnuolo was also suspended indefinitely.
So, with companies such as The Financial Times planning to go on strike over the pay gap; columnists shaming women from their earnings to their body shape; and religion now being thrown into the mix of dissent, it appears the media is now uglier than ever, with racism and sexism now apparently slipping past editors.
Frank Fitzgibbon, editor of the Sunday Times Ireland has apologised profusely on the topic of allowing the article to be published, yet surely this isn’t enough?
It appears that the people behind these articles live in their own dream world that is only burst when the public realise the offence behind their crude content.