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Ryanair racist rant: David Mesher tells Good Morning Britain “I'm not racist”

Amy B Wang General Mission Reports Covering National and Breaking News October 26 at 12:44 The irate white passenger who…

The irate white passenger who led a spatial diatribe against his black saddle mate on a Ryanair flight last week blamed the racially charged outbreak of travel-related grumpiness, says in a television interview that he is most careful not racist.

During the interview on ” Good Morning Britain ” a famous David Mesher became the latest person to declare he is not racist after viral videos or tweets or social media have presented evidence on the contrary.

Among the apologetic non-racists who have recently been caught publicly: A lawyer calling for restaurant staff after hearing Spanish speak a lift passenger who went on a drunk racist tirade of black people; and Roseanne Barr, whose tweet calls former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett a monkey, cost the comic actress his sitcom.

Meshers moment arrived on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to London. He tried to get to his window seat and Delsie Gayle, a 77-year-old woman sitting next to him, did not go fast to get out of the way, Mesher said in the interview. Mesher released a series of threats and insults, telling Gayle not to speak to him in another language, calling the Septuagenarian a “stupid ugly cow” and “an ugly black starvation”.

Another passenger, David Lawrence, registered the incident and shared it on social media, sparkling talks that Mesher was prosecuted and criticized the airline to not kick him all the way. He traveled to London in a row even after Gayle switched place.

Friday’s interview was an attempt for Mesher to explain his side after spending a week in horror.

“I’ve probably lost my temper a little and ordered her to get up,” he said on the show, adding that he “absolutely” regrets his behavior. “I’m not a racist person in any way, and it’s just a fit on time I think,” he said.

When asked what he would say to Gayle, Mesher said, “I apologize for all the distress you have had there and then.”

Reached by British media, Gayle said she did not accept Mesher’s apology. “I do not think so,” she said to independent. “You must forget and forgive, but it will take a long time for me to get over what he has done to me.”

Gayle said she was shocked and depressed about the incident and had trouble sleeping. “I feel very low,” said the retired ITV. “He paid a fare to go on vacation, and I paid my. Why does he abuse me because of the color of my skin?”

The authorities of two countries also look at the incident after Barcelona’s Mayor Jaume Asens condemned Ryanair’s response as “unacceptable” and promised that Barcelona city officials would report it to Spanish prosecutors.

In following Tweets Tuesday, Asens asked the witnesses to arrive and said Barcelona is a welcoming and inclusive city that would not tolerate such a verbal attack.

Ryanair reported the case to the Essex police in Britain, which led to the Spanish police being involved.

But many in the British public seemed reluctant to release Ryanair off the hook to not kick Mesher from the plane. A petition aimed at Ryanair to “apologize and compensate Delsie Gayle for failing to respond to racist abuse on your flight” had been signed by more than 300,000 people before Friday. The airline’s lack of action, the petition said, “continues to be considered as an approval of the racist event.”

“In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up his seat on a bus to a white man who led the Montgomery bus boycott,” said the petition. “[Sixty-three] years later Ryanair standby while white people demand that no black person be sitting next to them. This is shameful.”

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