Disabled actress calls for 'zero tolerance of all hate'

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Disabled actress Samantha Renke has called for a "zero tolerance of all hate" after she received offensive messages for supporting a petition to make online abuse a criminal offence.

The petition was created by Katie Price - whose disabled son Harvey has been targeted repeatedly with offensive messages online - and it was debated by MPs yesterday in Parliament.

Speaking to talkRADIO's Eamonn Holmes, Ms Renke, who has brittle bone disease and uses a wheelchair, said people focus on her disability in the offensive messages she receives. 

“Even since the 1920s disabled people have always been freak shows, we’ve always been bottom of the pile, we’ve always been treated like an outcast and I think it’s travelled in time and we’re seeing that now," she said.

“This is a serious matter and people say ‘sticks and stones’ to me and to ignore them but for some people they just can’t ignore it.”

She added: "We need a zero tolerance to all hate."

Words by Wesley Hudson

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