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ITV news presenter hits back after abuse for not wearing poppy

13 November 2013 9:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Charlene White faced racist and sexist abuse which, she said, acted against all the goals that the fallen soldiers fought for

An ITV news presenter who has been subject to racist and sexist abuse for her decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy said she made her decision in order to be "neutral and impartial on-screen".

Charlene White, a presenter on ITV News London, received insults on social media after she appeared on screen without the poppy, with many of the jibes focusing on her race.

In a statement on the ITV website, the journalist said she had made the decision not to wear a poppy a number of years ago but the backlash this year had been the worst so far.

She said she supported the armed forces, in which her father and uncle had served, but chose to remain impartial on screen.

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ITV News presenter gets racist, sexist abuse for not wearing poppy

13 November 2013 1:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV News London presenter Charlene White has received racist and sexist abuse after choosing not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy when on air.

The newsreader wrote a blog on the ITV site revealing the extent of the abuse she received and explaining her decision not to wear a poppy on-screen, despite donating to the Poppy Appeal every year.

White said: "I support and am patron of a number of charities and I am uncomfortable with giving one of those charities more on-screen time than others.

"I prefer to be neutral and impartial on-screen so that one of those charities doesn't feel less favoured than another.

White, whose father and uncle have served in the Raf and Army, explained that off-screen she wears a red ribbon for World Aids Day, a pink ribbon for breast cancer, a badge for bowel cancer awareness and a poppy on Armistice Day.

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