Kirstie Allsopp quits Twitter after backlash over post about menstruation

TV star Kirstie Allsopp has left Twitter after backlash over feeling 'troubled' following Adil Ray's tweet about reports of racism at a sports club.

The Location, Location, Location host hit out at Adil as he blasted the 'greatest scandal' in sport, addressing allegations an Asian player at Yorkshire County Cricket Club had his prayer mat used to clean up a woman's period.

The Good Morning Britain presenter wrote: This is becoming the greatest scandal in sport. Another Asian player claims he was 'urinated' on and heard players brag they 'sh**ged a bird…who was on her period and made a mess', and all they could find is a Muslim player’s prayer mat to clean it up.

He continued: “Allegations that a Muslim prayer mat was used by Yorkshire Cricket players to clean up the mess from having sex with a woman on her period and players p**sed on an Asian players head are vile.

“We need answers and action now. I fear a DCMS review won’t cut it. This is much bigger.”

Kirstie perceived the tweet was aimed towards menstruation and urged her fans to take notice, writes The Express.

She typed: “The repugnance towards menstruating women inherent in this must be acknowledged. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

“Things can be racist and sexist. They can be wrong on multiple levels. Highlighting a second wrong, does not in any way lessen the first noted wrong.”

However, some of her followers felt her reaction was discriminatory.

One fan wrote that although there may be two 'wrongs' being highlighted, there was no aim towards menstruation in Adil's post.

Kirstie then addressed the backlash, by writing: “Twitter used to be a place you could discuss things. I felt @adilray’s repetition of comments that illustrated repugnance towards menstruating women was troubling and I said so to him."

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She added: “Things can be wrong in multiple ways and it is daft to argue otherwise.

“Bigots don’t pick one thing to be bigoted about and remain paragons of virtue on every other way.

"But Twitter is now full of people who think nuance is a dirty word. Who believes that if they disagree with you on one thing then you must be venal in all ways.

“It’s therefore not, sadly, a place for me. I enjoy debate, intelligent debate and exchanges of views, ideas, and perspectives, this is no longer a place for that,” she finished.

Her account is still live, but the TV presenter has changed her bio to "Off Twitter once and for all. Determined not to fall off the wagon."

Last summer, Azeem Rafiq alleged institutional racism against the club during two periods between 2008 and 2018.

The club launched an investigation and apologised to Rafiq for being the victim of "inappropriate behaviour" and did not elaborate further.

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