Columnist ‘sacked’ for vile Meghan and Lilibet tweet involving George Floyd
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A journalist has been sacked after posting "racist" tweets about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Telegraph columnist Julie Burchill posted a widely denounced tweet about the choice of the new arrival's name, writing: "What a missed opportunity. They could have called it Georgina Floydina!”
The Brighton-based writer was met with backlash on social media, where her tweet was described as “disgusting racism” and “despicable”.
Her account on the social media site has since been deactivated after making the comment mocking both the newborn baby and the death of George Floyd.
Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis just over a year ago, sparking a worldwide movement against racism as well as condemnation from the Sussexes.
Burchill has since announced on Facebook that her post has cost her her position at the Telegraph.
She wrote: "I’ve been sacked by the Telegraph – it’s been a lovely five years, and I’ll always be grateful to them for ending my wilderness years.
"However, I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t often moaned to my husband recently about them always rejecting my edgy column ideas and giving me more pedestrian ones – which I’ve done splendidly anyway.
"Onwards and upwards!”
UK lawyer suspended for 'unacceptable' tweet about baby Lilibet and 'black names'
Telegraph media group have been contacted for comment.
In replies to Burchill's tweet about the tot, prominent family lawyer, Joanna Toch, 59, joined in with mocking the Black Lives Matter movement, writing: "No Doria? Don't black names matter?"
Toch quickly apologised for the insensitive reply and deleted her account, but has been suspended from law firm the Family Law Cafe.
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Toch is herself the founder of FLC, and the decision was reportedly made by its board of directors.
On Monday the company issued a statement reading: "Family Law Cafe (FLC) has suspended Joanna Toch with immediate effect pending an internal review into her recent comments on Twitter.
"FLC considers her comments as offensive, unacceptable and highly contradictory to the inclusive manner in which FLC always and will continue to work with members of all communities in managing the challenges of matrimonial and family disputes."
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
- George Floyd
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