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Twitter users hit out at Highland Council for issuing a Covid warning video featuring controversial comedian Janey Godley after she admitted using 'disgusting and hurtful words'


By Scott Maclennan

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Janey Godley in the campaign used by Highland Council.
Janey Godley in the campaign used by Highland Council.

Highland Council has been slammed for posting a Covid warning video featuring the comedian Janey Godley after it was revealed she used highly derogatory terms online – something she has since apologised for.

The short video contains advice offered by Ms Godley on containing the virus after a rise in infections calling on people to “keep the numbers doon” and “let’s look efter each other, let’s stop the spike.”

But users reacted to the messenger not the message, with one named Cailleach asking: “Have you seen the tweets this woman has posted? Why would you want to be associated with that?”

And another with the handle Bluebelle said: “I find it appallingly offensive that you're sharing this video, presented by someone who uses hate speech on her account.”

The accusations made against Ms Godley deepened today when it was revealed that among the highly derogatory terms she used were racial slurs directed at former Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland and describing a Tesco employee as a “spazzy.”

She quickly issued an apology, saying: “I am deeply sorry to everyone I offended . Comedy is no excuse to use disgusting and hurtful words that affect people and I know that many of you expected better of me.”

Since then she has suffered a furious backlash with calls to "cancel Janey Godley" while she has also been on the receiving end of a lot of abuse.

Late this afternoon the ad campaign by the Scottish Government – which reportedly paid her £12,000 – has been axed over unacceptable tweets.


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