Uh-oh, Dr. David Starkey is stirring up another storm – and this time he’s taking on the notoriously prickly trans lobby.
The TV historian, who was “cancelled” after making racist remarks in 2020, has now publicly questioned transgender women’s right to identify themselves as female.
“One of the terrible problems of our time is the refusal to face the truth,” explains the Tudors expert.
David Starkey (pictured) was ‘cancelled’ after making racist remarks in 2020.
The television historian has now publicly questioned the right of transgender women to identify themselves as female
“The whole world of social media, the whole world of critical race theory, and the whole world of transsexuality is one gigantic lie.”
He explains: “It’s an act of faith – the idea that a man can become a woman is absurd.
“These are simple absurdities.
“And large sections of the population — the young population, those who one would hope are searching more, who are most disillusioned with fiction — swallow fiction.”
On LBC’s Iain Dale All Talk podcast, Dr. Starkey added, “We don’t need a new Jesus Christ; we need a teller of the blunt, cruel truth. Well, maybe that was Jesus. If you read the Bible, the Bible was brutal.’
dr Starkey, 76, apologized after his inflammatory comments about slavery. He was dropped from his longtime publisher HarperCollins and his literary agency Rogers Coleridge & White and lost leading academic posts after claiming that slavery was not genocide.
dr Starkey, 76, apologized after his inflammatory comments about slavery. He was dropped from his longtime publisher HarperCollins and his literary agency Rogers Coleridge & White and lost leading academic posts after claiming that slavery was not genocide
However, last year he shocked diners in London’s Soho by saying he stood by his original abusive comments.
“I have no regrets about that statement,” he said at the London Grill Club.
“I regret how I said it and the fact that I put a hold on my enemies, which is a stupid thing to do.
“I regret stupidity, I regret no moral position.”
Sophie goes for a beer, the long way
Forget lying on a sun lounger by the Mediterranean Sea. News anchor Sophie Raworth has spent her summer vacation completing an “ultra marathon.”
News anchor Sophie Raworth (pictured) has spent her summer vacation completing an “ultra marathon”.
The BBC star, 54, ran a grueling 35 miles across the Alps from Switzerland to France over three mountains and almost 12,000 feet of climbing. “Mountain madness,” says the merchant’s daughter, who can be seen at the finish line before a well-deserved drink.
“It took me 11 hours and 54 minutes to get to this beer. It has never tasted so good.’
Once drag queen Paul O’Grady wasn’t impressed that desperate TV execs keep reviving old shows, most recently 1990s hit Gladiators, which is due for a big reboot on BBC1. “I really wish they would put out some new shows instead of regurgitating the old formats,” the Lily Savage comedian tells me. “It would be nice to have some new stuff.” However, O’Grady doesn’t mind reviving the weird old show: He hosted Blankety Blank after it hadn’t aired for seven years.
Sleeping bag style for royal partygoer Amelia
Lady Amelia Windsor, once described by Tatler magazine as the most beautiful queen, is also one of the most daring.
Lady Amelia, 27, wore a quilted green jacket over her £55 pink recycled polyester slip slip designed by womenswear brand Omnes
The model granddaughter of the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, wore a green quilted jacket that could have passed as a sleeping bag to a fashion party in London.
Lady Amelia, 27, wore it over her £55 pink slip dress made from recycled polyester and designed by womenswear brand Omnes.
She says being vegan influences her fashion style and has used her Instagram page to showcase ecological choices, such as: B. a £295 recycled leather bag made with their input.
Even some of the country’s most celebrated restaurateurs will be struggling to survive this winter. Michelin-starred Great British Menu judge Tom Kerridge says: “Energy costs in one of my pubs have gone from £60,000 to £420,000 a year. It’s just absolutely ridiculous. I need to make an extra £360,000 a year from this pub – or £3m a year more in sales – just to keep going. “Hospitality in this country will close.”
Dame Emma’s sister lives the high life
Dame Emma Thompson enjoys a red carpet life with homes in North London, Scotland and Venice. But the sister and fellow actress of the Oscar winner, Sophie Thompson, lives in a different world.
Dame Emma Thompson (left) enjoys a red carpet life with homes in North London, Scotland and Venice, while her sister Sophie (right) lives in another world
‘[My home] is an attic in London’s East End and full of colour,” says Sophie, 60, who is divorced from actor Richard Lumsden. “I always say to my buddies, ‘I’m in the eyrie,’ which is usually used to describe a bird’s nest.
“I have to keep it clean as it’s quite small. I used to live in a big, ramshackle house with a kitchen.”
She adds: “I spend most of my money at cheese shops and charity shops. I get my whole wardrobe from the charity shop.’
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