Sunday Times Prompts Anti-Semitism And Misogyny Row Over 'Disgusting' BBC Gender Pay Gap Opinion Piece

The column suggested Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz earned high salaries because they are Jewish

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A Sunday Times column which suggested Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz earned high salaries at the BBC because they are Jewish has been removed from the website.

The opinion piece by controversial columnist Kevin Myers - which appeared in the Irish edition and online - featured the sickeningly misogynistic headline: 'Sorry, ladies - equal pay has to be earned'.

It was in response to the BBC's recent publication of their annual report, which revealed that two-thirds of its stars earning more than £150,000 are male.

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Commenting that two of the best paid females in the corporation are Feltz and Winkleman, 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.'

Times readers, who have to pay to access online content, expressed their disgust under the original article, with Alan Simpson writing: "The proud anti-Semitism in this column is nothing short of disgraceful. Myers must go and so must the editor who approved this piece."

There was also a backlash on social media, with one Twitter user pointing out that it took eight years for the Irish Independent to remove Myers's anti-semitic article denying the holocaust.

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Meanwhile, Feltz has responded to say she was 'extremely upset' by Myers's column, which was 'so obviously racist it's surprisingly hurtful'.

Speaking during her breakfast show on BBC Radio London, Feltz said: 'I would have thought after all these years I'd be immune or used to it, but that's not at all how I felt. I felt extremely upset.

'The apologies are all very well but how did it end up in the paper in the first place?'

Following the online backlash and a formal complaint from the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism to press regulator Ipso, the article has removed been.

Frank Fitzgibbon, editor of the Sunday Times Ireland, has since taken 'full responsibility', saying (via BBC News): 'This newspaper abhors anti-Semitism and did not intend to cause offence to Jewish people.'

The newspaper also added that Myers 'will not write again' for the Sunday Times.

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