Christmas: Esther Rantzen and Kirstie Allsopp clash on rules
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The TV star returns to screens tonight on Channel 4’s Kirstie and Phil’s Love It Or List It. Allsopp has been a presenter for more than two decades and rose to prominence with shows including Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation. The star hit the headlines this month after she vowed to “take a break” from Twitter following clashes with “unpleasant people” online.
The 49-year-old claimed to have been “bogged down fretting” about the offensive remarks and had forgotten “the vast majority of people are good and kind”.
She vowed to return to the social media platform “after Easter” and claimed she needed a break from online trolls.
While Allsopp has often moaned about the abuse she has received, the star regularly enters into heated debates on Twitter.
Many of them in recent years have been about Brexit and people’s “bigotry” towards those who voted Leave in the 2016 referendum.
In February, Allsopp lambasted the Government for how small businesses had been “hugely impacted” since leaving the bloc.
She claimed the aftereffects of Brexit were felt “across the board” and needed “much more attention”.
The star tweeted: “Don’t let our Government use Covid as a distraction. This is a s***show.”
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In 2018, she fought against those who branded elderly Brexit voters with derogatory terms.
Leave was voted for by 52 percent of the UK, of which 53.4 percent came from England.
A 2019 poll from businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft, found older people were “more likely to have voted to leave the EU”.
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The majority of people under 45 voted Remain, where the highest count was found in the 18 to 24 age group with 73 percent.
The poll reported that 60 percent of the people aged above 65 voted for Brexit, followed by 57 percent aged 55 to 64 and 56 percent of those between 45 and 54.
The EU referendum result led to a spate of verbal abuse against those who voted Leave.
Allsopp fired back after one 2018 tweet from a man, who identified himself as a Liberal, which noted “two elderly men” who voted for Brexit.
She described his tweet as “pointless” and claimed it was similar to a remark she heard three weeks after the referendum.
Allsopp wrote: “A friend said, ‘Idiots, bigots and people smelling of wee have got us into this situation’.
“I asked him, ‘What wasn’t bigoted about describing old people as ‘smelling of wee’?’
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“I feel similarly about your tweet, it’s pointless and encourages unpleasant stereotypes.”
Another Twitter user replied to Allsopp’s comment and argued: “I’m old and hopefully I don’t smell of wee!”
They continued: “As are many of my friends of similar ages!”
Allsopp praised the individual and stated: “Exactly, which is why I hate these ‘elderly = Brexit’ tweets.”
Prior to her recent Twitter hiatus, Allsopp left the platform in 2017 after being criticised for arguing that washing machines didn’t belong in the kitchen.
She was accused of “snobbery” and “privilege”, before she signed off with the tweet: “I’m over and out, it’s been a blast but enough is enough.”
In the Guardian, she linked the British public’s opinions about which room a washing machine belonged with Brexit.
Allsopp argued that we are “one of the few countries” with that “habit” and said the referendum results made it “very clear” how the nation felt about advice.
She continued: “The British think the way we do things is the right way – better than anyone else’s.”
Allsopp warned that pointing out “something we do is peculiar” would definitely lead to a backlash.
She wrote: “You had better brace yourself because it doesn’t go down well”.
Kirstie and Phil’s Love It Or List IT airs at 8pm tonight on Channel 4.
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