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OLLIE ROBINSON: Is cancel culture headed in the wrong direction, or should we be holding people to account for historic actions?

 

The suspension handed to England cricketer Ollie Robinson while he is investigated over historical racist and sexist tweets is “over the top, according to the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

The Prime Minister has agreed with Mr Dowden’s comments, with Number 10 adding that these were comments made more than a decade ago, written by someone as a teenager and for which they have rightly apologised.

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash said the Prime Minister’s involvement in the matter is unwelcome. Ramprakash told BBC Breakfast:

"I think it is very unwelcome. He is trying to bear undue influence in this case.

"If I was Ollie Robinson I'm not sure I'd want Boris Johnson involved and trying to support me."

In a statement, Robinson expressed his regret at the tweets, and said that he is ashamed that he made such remarks.

He said “On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago, which have today become public. I want to make it clear that I'm not racist and I'm not sexist.

“I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks.

“I was thoughtless and irresponsible, and regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person and fully regret the tweets.”

It comes as Barack Obama says cancel culture has gone “overboard” and warns there is a risk we are going to be condemning people all of the time.

We ask you if you think the Prime Minister right to back calls for leniency for cricketer Ollie Robinson. Has cancel culture gone too far? Should we as a nation be more forgiving of people who made mistakes in the past? Let us know what you think on our social media pages.


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