The left-wing, U.S.-born playwright Bonnie Greer has hastily withdrawn from a Sunday morning television discussion on the BBC after realising she would be up against Breitbart London editor in chief Raheem Kassam.
Ms. Greer – who has debated Mr. Kassam on Channel 5 on the subject of gun control in the United States previously – tweeted that she cancelled her appearance on the BBC’s Sunday Politics programme because it would “make her ill” to feature on the same show as the Breitbart London editor.
— Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) November 5, 2016
Ms. Greer lost the Channel 5 debate in 2014, and appears to be afraid to face Mr. Kassam on the BBC’s popular Sunday show.
Speaking in reaction to her pulling out, Mr. Kassam said: “It’s interesting, isn’t it? She had no problems facing me a few years ago, even going so far as to suggest I stay in touch with her after the debate. Now, she refuses to debate.
“There’s only one thing to say in this scenario… she’s a chicken lacking the confidence in her own arguments”.
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) November 5, 2016
Ms. Greer’s cancellation drew criticism from Twitter users:
— Ben Mackenzie (@BenMackenzie) November 5, 2016
— Steve (@iydloc_foh) November 5, 2016
@RaheemKassam At least she recognises her limits. Your unpredictable singularity contrasts sharply with her rehearsed predictability.
— Stephen Taylor (@stephenhoxton) November 5, 2016
— David Outterside (@DaveTheBrief) November 5, 2016
— Jay (@Ossiri23) November 5, 2016
The BBC has not yet replaced Ms. Greer for tomorrow’s discussion.