After a minimal amount of investigation, it appears that the Labour MP Naz Shah has retweeted a comment stating that ‘abused girls in Rotherham need to shut their mouths.’
The full retweet in question reads: RT @Owen_Jones84: @AreeqChowdhury @NazShahBfd Exactly Areeq, those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of #diversity!
Before we go any further, there are a couple of things that we need to point out to keep any legal eagles happy.
- The original tweet was posted by a spoof account pretending to be Owen Jones, left-winger extraordinaire (@Owen_Jones84).
- Shah’s retweet was live for eight minutes in total, before she appears to have removed it. There is proof of this at the Politwoops site here.
Also, an image has appeared on the Facebook account of Eurosceptic News that appears to show that Shah has liked the tweet (reply) itself:
There is also discussion of this incident on Reddit.
Putting together the pieces here, it is pretty obvious what has happened.
An online joker using an account impersonating Owen Jones has made a satirical comment saying that ‘abused girls in Rotherham need to shut their mouths,’ and for some reason best known to Naz Shah herself she has identified with the satirical tone of it and decided to retweet it (post it to all of her Twitter followers).
After this, around eight minutes later, she has realised that it was a major error of judgement on her part, and she has deleted it.
Unfortunately sites like Politwoops record EVERYTHING just in case this sort of thing happens!
Apart from falling for a clear spoof account (always check the source!), the real issue here is that Shah thought it was a good idea to post such an offensive and inflammatory comment on her own Twitter account.
Bearing in mind as well that she is an MP of Asian origin, that makes her decision even more baffling, seeing that Asian grooming gangs are often in the news at the moment.
We’ll just sit back and wait for the mainstream media to start discussing this incident …