BBCs Giles Coren deletes sick tweets amidst backlash after reaction to death of critic
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Giles Coren has removed two tweets from his Twitter page, in which he appeared to mock the death of someone. The BBC presenter has since found himself at the centre of outrage after his “sick posts”.
I’ve tried to just log off and ignore it but Giles Coren openly laughing about the death of Dawn Foster has honestly put me through the wall.
Presenter Giles, 51, claimed the Twitter user had said “vile and hurtful things” about his relatives before unleashing his reaction.
The Times Radio presenter later removed his initial post before hitting publish on another tweet in view of his 224,300 followers.
Several users took his posts to be about the death of fellow journalist, Dawn Foster, who died suddenly on July 15, aged just 33.
Dawn passed away after a long-term illness, confirmed those close to her.
In a now-deleted tweets, Giles wrote: “When someone dies who has trolled you on Twitter, saying vile and hurtful things about you and your family, is it okay to be like, ‘I’m sorry for the people who loved you, and any human death diminishes me, but can you f*** off on to hell now where you belong’?”
Giles letter went on to add: “When someone dies who has trolled you on Twitter, saying vile and hurtful things about you and your family, is it okay to be like, ‘I’m sorry for the people who loved you, and any human death diminishes me, but, HA HA HA HA HA HA’?”
A screenshot of his deleted post as shared by journalist Ash Sarkar.
She added: “Dawn Foster once said Giles Coren had a famous dad, and he never forgave her for it. No wonder it rattled him so much: a working-class journalist, who had to fight for every scrap she got, called out the third-best Coren.”
Carl Kinsella later tweeted: “I’ve tried to just log off and ignore it but Giles Coren openly laughing about the death of Dawn Foster has honestly put me through the wall. He won’t even lose his job for it, and in a just world he would lose an awful lot more than that.”
While Séamas O’Reilly said: “So glad that rampant cancel culture is definitely actually a real thing that exists, because it means we can all look forward to Giles Coren suffering even one tiny consequence for gleefully rejoicing in Dawn Foster’s death.”
Sky’s political correspondent Kate McCann shared her thoughts, adding: “I tend not to wade into arguments on here (we all have better things to do) & I didn’t know Dawn Foster, but some things are just too awful to say out loud.
“I don’t believe in drowning out opinions I don’t like but I don’t think we should let bad things go either. It wasn’t OK.”
One social media user called on The Times to sanction Giles, as he writes a food critic column for the publication.
They said: “Hi @thetimes please could you look into the conduct of your employee @gilescoren who tweeted the below about the recent death of the journalist Dawn Foster at the age of 34.
“I think anyone would agree that this is unacceptable and foul behaviour.”
Before a second penned: “So tell me @gilescoren why did you think it was funny to joke about the death of Dawn Foster?”
“Giles Coren has deleted his sickening tweet in which he laughed his head off at the untimely death of a talented journalist aged just 33, who he seems to have hated because she had the temerity to point out his inherited privilege.
“But I bet he gets to keep his Times column,” said a third.
The presenter has appeared on screens, fronting BBC programmes such as Back in Time for Dinner and Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby.
Express.co.uk has approached the BBC and Giles Coren’s representatives for comment as well as News UK, with the latter declining to comment.
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