Emma Raducanu: British teen wins US Open
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Spencer Morgan, 28, hit out at Sadiq Khan, after he sent a congratulatory message to London Borough of Bromley resident Emma Raducanu, 18. The London Mayor referenced the teenager’s diverse background as he discussed her mixed Chinese and Romanian heritage, who prompted criticism from some followers for “politicising” her win.
Sadiq typed in view of his 1.1 million followers: “Emma Radacanu’s story is London’s story. Born in Canada to Chinese and Romanian parents, she moved to London at two-years-old.
“Here in London, we embrace and celebrate our diversity. And if you work hard, and get a helping hand, you can achieve anything.”
In response, Spencer fiercely typed back: “Bore off”.
And he was not the only Twitter user to be less than impressed with the London Mayor’s remarks.
A second remarked: “Can’t we just celebrate the victory ffs.”
While a third wrote: “As for the rest of us we’re just celebrating this young woman’s incredible achievement for herself, our country and more importantly for young women everywhere!”
However, others agreed it was appropriate to celebrate Emma’s heritage as it showed immigration to have a positive impact in sport.
“We celebrate everything about her. That includes the fact she’s an immigrant,” said a fourth
“We celebrate everything about her. That includes the fact she’s an immigrant,” said a fourth.
While a fifth commented: “We are celebrating! We are celebrating the fact that someone who was not born British came here and worked hard and succeeded. It just proves that you don’t need to be born British to be British. Immigration is a good thing.”
Good Morning Britain host Adil Ray also caused division on social media after commenting on Emma Raducanu’s Romanian heritage ahead of her appearance in the US Open Women’s Final yesterday.
The presenter tweeted that if you’re in the tennis final you are considered “British” however if you have a service job people consider you to be “Romanian”.
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Adil tweeted: “If you play in a tennis final you’re British, if you’re a builder/delivery man/waitress etc you’re Romanian.”
People were unimpressed with his tweet and accused him of trying to start a “row”.
“As usual Mr Ray yet again trying to make a row where one doesn’t exist!” One Twitter user commented.
Another added: “Adil I’m supportive of a lot of what you do, but that’s a really poorly thought out nonsense tweet purely designed to invite a negative reaction. Why?”
“That’s a sweeping generalisation, we don’t all think like that- surely fighting prejudice is about not making generalisations?” one confused user asked.
Adil responded: “Who was I generalising about?”
The user continued: “Suggesting that’s how people think- it doesn’t apply to everyone. I don’t, some do.”
Adil answered: “I didn’t say it did. Well done for not being those that do.”
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