Rupert Murdoch, has taken a swing at gay organisations via Twitter, after Guinness pulled out of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Taking to Twitter yesterday the News Corp and 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch seemingly criticised both gay organisations and Guinness, after the latter pulled out of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York yesterday.
The 83-year-old tweeted:
‘Where will this end? Guinness pulls out of religious parade bullied by gay orgs who try to take it over. Hope all Irish boycott the stuff’
Whether he was calling the Irish to boycott Guinness or gay organisations – was left to the imagination of Twitter users.
The Tweet came after Guinness revealed that it would no longer be one of the parade’s sponsors, after it emerged that gay groups and organisations are banned from marching in the yearly parade.
In a statement to the press Guinness said:
‘Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,’ the company said in a statement on the website of GLAAD, an LGBTI media watch organization.
‘We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade,’ the statement continued. ‘As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy.’
Rupert Murdoch has, in the past, been critcised for being homophobic, when questionsed on gay marriage in 2006 the media mogul said:
‘I believe it is wrong.
‘I’m considered homophobic and crazy about these things and old fashioned.
‘But I think that the family – father, mother children – is fundamental to our civilization.’