Sunday Times columnist Kevin Myers has been sacked for his recent article that contained anti-semitic and sexist comments.
The piece, titled “Sorry ladies – equal pay has to be earned” discussed the salaries of BBC staff that was recently published.
Now removed, in the article he used a Jewish stereotype in reference to the two highest paid female staff – Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz who are both Jewish to justify the following:
In a snippet of the piece, Myers wrote, “Good for them. Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity.”
It’s absolutely right that Kevin Myers should lose his job for antisemitism. He didn’t lose it for misogyny though, and that’s telling.
— Grainia Long (@GrainiaLong) July 31, 2017
Myers continued by arguing that male presenters earn more because they “work harder, get sick less frequently and seldom get pregnant”.
Kevin Myers column is disgracefully anti-Semitic but let’s not forget that it is also unacceptably sexist and misogynistic #morningireland
— Deirdre Kingston (@deirdrekingston) July 31, 2017
The article was taken down only a few hours of it going online after the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism complained to IPSO (press regulators).
However a group representing the Irish Jewish community issued a statement outlining Myers as not being an anti-semite, arguing that he had “inadvertently stumbled into an anti-semitic trope”. They continue by defending Myers and scrutinising “knee-jerk responses from those outside Ireland [that] appear to care little for facts”.
The Irish Jewish Community has issued a statement in defence of Kevin Myers. pic.twitter.com/IPW1EHmIPN
— Ronan McGreevy (@RMcGreevy1301) July 31, 2017
Both editors involved – Martin Ivers, Sunday Times & Sunday Times Ireland editor Frank Fitzgibbon, have now both publicly apologised. However, it still begs the question of why a piece that was both anti-semitic and sexist made it through a number of editors and into print before anyone realised its abhorrent content.