Cornwall news Lecturer suspended after 'colourful' Meghan comment to arts society UK news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - Dr Anne Anderson said 'You couldn’t turn the television on without some person of a colourful disposition having a moan about something' days after Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! An art lecturer has been suspended after being accused of making a racist comment about Meghan Markle in front of a Cornish arts society. Anne Anderson, 64, was about to start a lecture over Zoom called How we got Ikea: Scandinavian Design 1880-1960 with member of The Arts Society Truro on May 12 when she made a reference to "the dreaded Meghan". She said she was having an informal chat before the lecture when she commented on the aftermath of the Oprah Winfrey interview, saying: "You couldn’t turn the television on without some person of a colourful disposition having a moan about something." Dr Anderson, who is also a honorary associate professor at University of Exeter, was subsequently cleared of making racist comments but is still suspended from the Arts Society due to "inappropriate comments and conduct". She said it all started when she mentioned Meghan and Prince Harry's explosive interview, which had aired a few days prior. You can stay up to date on the top news and events near you with our FREE newsletters – enter your email address at the top of the page. She explained to a participant that she had a lecture that night and lost quite a few viewers due to the clash with the much-anticipated programme. "That's how the topic turned up," she explained. "I didn't think much of it." Two days later, Dr Anderson was removed from The Arts Society's directory for using “racist” language. "I got an email saying I was suspended and also that they had suspended my accreditation as a lecturer," she said. "They also demanded a copy of the video." On April 15, she attended a disciplinary panel. "We had a viewing of the video with my two complainants," Dr Anderson said. "Over an hour, they grilled me extensively. They thought Meghan Markle was an inappropriate topic." Dr Anderson said her "colourful" comment was not racism, but a misuse of language. She said she was talking about Meghan Markle's language and should have used the words "florid" and "language". "I regret saying them because they have been taken out of context and misinterpreted," she said. "There's a danger of how relaxed you can be on a Zoom call in your home.
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The panel also looked into whether Dr Anderson had had any other incidents since 2009. A few comments criticised Dr Anderson for speaking for longer than the agreed time for her appearance. One comment mentioned "anti-Americanism", which she defended herself against. The rest of the feedback was mostly positive. The panel dismissed the charge that the comments were racist due to insufficient evidence, however it agreed that they could be interpreted as racist. The panel stated that the comments and Dr Anderson's role in the discussion about Meghan Markle were "inappropriate" and could "bring The Arts Society into disrepute". "I've spent £2,500 on the witness statement," Dr Anderson added. "I'm significantly out of pocket."
The panel asked Dr Anderson to attend an equality and diversity training course to discuss with a retired Arts Society accredited lecturer about appropriate behaviour and to write several apologies to the complainants and The Arts Society Truro. "I'm still suspended," Dr Anderson said. "I can't see myself ever being reinstated after the articles in the Mail on Sunday and the Times." She said she has already written the apologies and is now waiting to have an interview with a retired lecturer. Dr Anderson said she has received messages of support saying that the accusations are "ridiculous" and that the lecture had not started when the comments were made. The lecturer is now keen to reveal "the dangers of Zoom". "Zoom has changed everything," she explained. "You sort of forget you're in your workplace when you're in your living room." Florian Schweizer, chief executive of The Arts Society, told Yahoo UK: "The Arts Society followed its complaints procedure after a complaint had been made against Dr Anne Anderson. "The matter was resolved by following this procedure. We have no further comments on this matter." More news from Cornwall: Fact-checking claims that the A30 project might not have permission Police finish investigating cat mauled to death by hunting hounds and thrown over fence
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