ITV News presenter Charlene White has hit back at vile racist trolls and revealed why she won’t wear a remembrance poppy on TV.
Charlene has been subjected to barrage of abbhorent racist and sexist abuse after she chose not to wear the poppy on screen.
Remembrance poppies are worn to commemorate those who lost their lives in war, and are sold by the Royal British Legion to support those who are currently serving in the armed forces and their families.
The ITV News broadcaster, whose family has served in the armed forces, lashed out at the torrent of abuse which she receives every year by explaining her position.
Charlene tweeted a link to an article she wrote for ITV News in 2014, writing: “I wear a poppy off screen – I donate to the British Legion – I come from a forces family – I’m really not a b***h, c**t or p***k.”
The article clearly explains the 38-year-old’s position.
“I support and am patron of a number of charities, and due to impartiality rules, I am not allowed to visually support them all whilst presenting news programmes,” she explained.
“That includes things like a red ribbon for World Aids Day, or a purple band for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
“Both these and many more charities do great things in the UK, but I’m not allowed to give them exposure on screen.
“So I feel uncomfortable supporting just one charity above all others, namely The Royal British Legion, but I fully support my colleagues who do choose to wear the poppy on screen.”
“In my private life, it’s very different.
“I wear a poppy on Armistice Day – in fact I wear one that my friend Jen’s mum knitted for me a few years ago.”
The broadcaster went on to explain that her family has served in the armed forces – her dad in the RAF and her uncle in the army.
Charlene says that she spoke to them both about her decision, and they chose to support her.
“Of course I don’t expect everyone to support it,” she said.
“However it is always important to remember what my family, your family, and millions of people over many generations have fought for: the right to choose, and the right of freedom of speech and expression.”