Nicola Sturgeon grilled by host over Janey Godley Tweets
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Ms Godley found fame as a result of her dubbed pastiches of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus news briefings in recent months. However, she was axed from her Government role after US website the Daily Beast highlighted a string of tweets targeting black celebrities including former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and footballer Mario Balotelli.
In one, she described Ms Rowland “that horsey-faced black wummin”.
In another she said of rapper 50 Cent: “There’s nothing classier than a black rap man in a well-cut suit with photo’s of guns in the background…mmm sexy.”
After the posts came to light, Ms Godley, 60, said sorry for what she called her “offensive, hurtful language”.
Ms Sturgeon said the tweets, dating back up to ten years, were “completely unacceptable, completely beyond the pale”.
However, asked about why the Scottish Government had not vetted Ms Godley more carefully before engaging her, Ms Sturgeon said: “These things happen.
“The important thing is that action was taken.
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“Janey has apologised – I think she has been pretty straightforward and dignified in her apology.”
Murdo Fraser, a Tory MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, was less than impressed by Ms Sturgeon’s characterisation of the situation.
He told Express.co.uk: “I think I think it’s disappointing that Nicola Sturgeon seemed to try and dismiss this sort so easily, by saying ‘these things happen’, etc.
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“When you look at just how offensive, some of the tweets and some of the messages from Janet Conley, were, had it been anybody other than a strong supporter of the SNP, and somebody who is quite close to Nicola Sturgeon, I think she’d have taken a completely different view on that.”
Mr Fraser added: “I think we’ve seen in the media this week, that in fact, the Scottish Government were warned about some of this historic material some months ago but took no action.
“So they were aware of this before they appointed Janey Godley to run this campaign.
“So I think there are still serious questions they have to answer, given her background.”
Speaking last October, Ms Sturgeon Last October, Ms Sturgeon called Ms Godley her “alter ego”, praising her for “giving us reasons to laugh in an otherwise dark time”.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “A series of unacceptable tweets by Janey Godley have been brought to our attention and while she has rightly apologised, trust in our public health messages at this time is paramount.
“We have therefore taken the decision to withdraw any further campaign material in which Ms Godley features.
“The material will be discontinued immediately on our own channels and withdrawn as soon as possible from external media.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the SNP for comment in respect of Mr Fraser’s remarks.
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