A Conservative Party councillor is under investigation by council bosses after posting a photo of boat full of naked women with the caption: “If Carlsberg did illegal immigrants”.
Mike Kusneraitis, who sits on Runnymede Borough Council, described his post as “misjudged” and admitted to other “offensive” posts on his Facebook profile.
Get Surrey said that other posts included an image of a dog wearing a towel and a sexually explicit cartoon.
Kusneraitis apologised after his posts were revealed, writing on his Facebook page: “I would like to state that it was never my intention to offend or upset anyone and if I have done then I want take this opportunity to apologise sincerely and wholeheartedly.
“Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not and have never been a racist.
“Growing up in a family that came to this country to escape fascism and genocide I am only too aware of the horror and destruction discrimination on grounds of nationality, ethnicity and faith brings.”
“Judge me by my actions in the community not by a misjudged post on social media,” he added.
Peter Taylor, chairman of Runnymede and Weybridge Conservative Association, said he would investigate the post. “At the moment I have not got a comment to make because I’ve only just seen the images. I need to consult with people,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Welfare Association of West Surrey said it had invited Kusneraitis to a “Meet Your Muslim Neighbour” meeting later this month. Mustiq Deshmukh, chairman of the group, said:
“Whether it is true or not, I would like to extend an invitation to the councillor to one of our events… where he can meet Muslims from the local community and maybe learn more about us and then make an educated opinion about Muslims.”
The “If Carlsberg did…” slogan refers to a marketing campaign by the beer company which became one of the most recognisable in UK advertising history.