People Are Refusing To Wear A Poppy, Here Are Their Reasons
ITV News presenter Charlene White has decided not to wear a poppy on screen. She made the same decision last year and was hit with racist and sexist abuse via social media.
In a statement on the ITV website she said:
“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.
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.”
She will be wearing a poppy when not on screen, but others won’t.
Others Are Now Against Wearing Them
Harry Smith, who says this will be the last year he wears a poppy, wrote for The Guardian:
“The most fortunate in our society have turned the solemnity of remembrance for fallen soldiers in ancient wars into a justification for our most recent armed conflicts.”
“today’s politicians in Britain use past wars to bolster our flagging belief in national austerity or to compel us to surrender our rights as citizens, in the name of the public good.”
Should We Choose To Remember In A Different Manner?
No Glory In War are disturbed by David Cameron’s £55m expenditure on this years commemorations to mark the anniversary; they feel that he has acted inappropriately in comparing them to “Diamond Jubilee celebrations” and are also dissatisfied with his aim to stress our “national spirit”.
They say on their website it is “important to remember that this was a war that was driven by big powers’ competition for influence around the globe, and caused a degree of suffering all too clear in the statistical record of 16 million people dead and 20 million wounded.”
This year they are organising “cultural, political and educational activities to mark the courage of many involved in the war but also to remember the almost unimaginable devastation caused.”
They think that this is a time to promote peace and international co-operation.
Peace seems to be the overwhelming message from those that are refusing to wear the red poppy this year. They of course want to recognise the great efforts, bravery, and sacrifice that was made all those years ago, but they feel it signalled the beginning of a century of war and that now we should be looking for peace. They feel that the commemorations currently planned by our Government don’t do that.
Is It Ignorant?
Many find this stance to be disrespectful and ignorant. They believe that soldiers who died for our future deserve better.
Tell us what you think, will you be wearing a red poppy this year?