Gove in We­in­stein apol­ogy

The Herald on Sunday - - 29.10.17 NEWS -

UK En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Michael Gove faced a fu­ri­ous back­lash on so­cial me­dia after claim­ing be­ing in­ter­viewed by BBC Ra­dio 4 pre­sen­ter John Humphrys was like “go­ing into Har­vey We­in­stein’s bed­room”.

The MP apol­o­gised for the “clumsy” on­air joke re­fer­ring to dis­graced movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein. For­mer Labour leader Lord Kin­nock was also fac­ing de­mands for an apol­ogy after he joined in the joke, say­ing Humphrys’ in­ter­view tech­nique was “way past grop­ing”. Gove said in a tweet: “Apolo­gies for my clumsy at­tempt at hu­mour on R4 To­day this morn­ing – it wasn’t ap­pro­pri­ate.”

Shadow ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary An­gela Rayner said: “Given cur­rent sen­si­tiv­i­ties (it) is be­yond poor judg­ment – it’s crass.”

Singer Lily Allen called the MP a “bone­head” while ac­tor Stephen Man­gan wrote: “Morn­ing. Here’s a rape joke from Michael Gove to start your day.”

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