The world is still reeling from the destruction that ISIS wrought late last week. Obviously a lot of us have been unnerved and unsettled by what felt like a whirlwind of utter, and very direct, havoc. When it comes to dealing with fear, all of us have our own coping mechanisms, be it showing solidarity by posting on social media, by going out to volunteer your time to help, or by debating about the intricacies of the causes. I’m sure most people would agree, that the aforementioned are all acceptable ways in dealing with fear. But what this, now infamous, salon-owner decided to do is not.
Before delving into the story, I just want to say early on that she’s actually been arrested by Thames Valley Police for her outburst on Facebook, in accordance to section 19 of the Public Order Act. If you’re not familiar with that section of the act, I mean why would you be?, it states “the display of written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting with the intention of stirring up racial hatred, and for producing malicious communications.” She’s also been named in the press as April Major, an Oxfordshire-based beauty salon owner.
Blinks of Bicester
Anyway, back to the story. Her story went viral after she posted on her business’ Facebook page. She wrote on the Blinks of Bicester page, “Time to put my country first. Blinks of Bicester are no longer taking bookings from anyone from the Islamic faith whether you are UK granted with passport or not.” Further to that, another post was alleged to have said “I have been inundated with messages tonight as I said I would not book any muslin [sic] or Islamic client. I stand by that completely as a UK citizen.”, and “I hope your families get blown up by ISIS.”
Seems like a charming level-headed person. I guess her reaction was in part inspired by the trolling she got from the Britain Furst parody account, whose supporters all started to rate her business 1/5 in retaliation.
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