A talent agency head has been arrested on charges of inciting racial hatred after he posted a critical tweet referencing the Brussels terror attacks.
Matthew Doyle, head partner at a talent agency in London, was outraged over the terrorist attacks in Brussels that left over 30 dead. He took to Twitter to express his anger and said, “I confronted a Muslim woman in Croydon yesterday. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said, ‘nothing to do with me.’ A mealy mouthed reply.”
The London School of Economics graduate’s tweet went viral with many replying along with hundreds of retweets, most of them in support before the initial post was taken down. Mr Doyle also made it clear that he favours Donald Trump for President of the United States and has no problem backing up his opinions saying: “Thanks all you tweeters for proving I can still do PR.”
Mr Doyle told the MailOnline: “I am not out of sync… I think people who are criticizing me are out of sync,” when asked if he thought his comments were correct or if the dozens of replies trying to mock and criticize him were justified.
“I am having a hard time about this. I am not a fall guy in all of this,” he said, echoing the reaction of leftists after other famous terrorist massacres like the Bataclan where many took to social media to shift the conversation away from the victims of the attacks and to spend time talking about how not all Muslims were responsible.
Swiss Green Party politician, Irina Studhalter personified that kind of attitude immediately following the attacks when she tweeted, “I have fears. Not for Islam or terrorism, but for right wing populist incitement that will follow.” The tweet caused a storm on Twitter among German-speaking users.
Many expressed their outrage at the 22-year-old co-president of the young Greens with one saying: “That’s just disgusting. The dead are not even in the ground.” Unlike Mr. Doyle who is still active and tweeting, even after his arrest, Ms. Studhalter made her entire Twitter private so only screenshots remain of her comments.
Breitbart London reached out to her about the comments and she backtracked on them saying: “Twitter doesn’t leave us much space to actually formulate what we want our readers to understand, does it?” and when pressed if she thought right wing extremists warranted more of a threat than Islamic terrorism she said, “I learned that you can’t compare harm to harm.”
In Mr. Hoyle’s case, the Metropolitan Police made a statement confirming that he had been arrested. They said: “A 46-year-old man was this evening arrested at his home in Croydon on suspicion of inciting racial hatred on social media.” It is unknown whether the Crown will pursue charges in the case.