Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner in racist Twitter row
Published 14/11/2011 | 13:31
DANCING on Ice judge Jason Gardiner has hit back at critics who branded him racist for remarking that two men that mugged him were black.
The ITV judge was robbed at knifepoint by two youths wearing hoodies in London. One threatened to kill him if he did not hand over his iPhone.
But when he posted a description on Twitter he was accused of being racist for mentioning their skin colour.
Gardiner tweeted: "I was mugged by two hooded black youths in Stockwell who held a knife to my throat and threatened to kill me all for an iPhone!!
"Apart from being shaken I'm fine! I'm saddened more than anything and disgusted with where our society is heading."
But follower Lee McVeigh tweeted him: "Not really necessary to drop in the fact they were black... @officialJasonG.
Gardiner immediately replied saying their skin colour was a vital fact in the case.
Followers backed him up.
Lulu Rose tweeted: "I don`t get why folks are calling @officialJasonG racist. He was mugged at knife point.
"He was only giving a description of the vile street urchins."
Nikki Galloway said: "@officialJasonG @LeeMcVeigh Thats just vile - the 'black' part is a fact! How can the race card be used when someone was mugged? Seriously!"