Peculiar how this works eh?
Stewart has since deleted his Twitter account but it emerged last night that he had used the same Shakespeare quote in another social media row – this time over horsefeed and ragwort – in June 2018 that had no racist connotation.
Stewart went on to quote a passage from Measure For Measure, suggesting Mr Shapland was a “proud man, dress’d in a little brief authority….like an angry ape”.
The tweet, which has now been deleted, so upset Mr Shapland that he re-posted it, accusing the newsreader of being a “disgrace”.
Mr Shapland wrote on Twitter: “If ITV newsreaders think it’s okay to choose to use outdated classical text to get an association in with the word ape about a black person they’ve been bullying and seeking to belittle all afternoon then this country really is broken.”
Quoting Shakespeare is racist or not dependent upon who is listening. Presumably because black chappies can’t be expected to grapple with that level of literature? Something which I find rather racist as an assumption to be honest.