Thursday 22 February 2018

Myers got it badly wrong - but let's not turn it into a witch hunt

Journalist and author Kevin Myers. Photo: Tony Gavin
Journalist and author Kevin Myers. Photo: Tony Gavin
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in relation to the recent controversy regarding journalist Kevin Myers. Much ink has been spilled on the topic and I am simply adding to the copious amounts already written.

However, I think it is necessary to examine the unparalleled backlash to his words. Myers using the stereotypical analogy of Jewish people being wealthy and apparently tight with money was not only "filth", as described by JK Rowling, but it was also anti-Semitic. Further, the inflammatory headline of 'Sorry ladies … equal pay has to be deserved' was blatantly misogynistic. There is no other way of looking at it.

It was appallingly sexist and, unfortunately, in our current obsessive Trump era, something that is becoming far too normalised. Vanessa Feltz herself has branded his comments "vile" and "horrifying racism".

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