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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Michael Savage Still Can't Go to the U.K., British Government Renews Ban

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

British government thinks Michael Savage is a savage.
  • British government thinks Michael Savage is a savage.

Michael Savage, the San Francisco-based shock jock was, well, shocked to learn this week that the British government renewed its ban to keep the notorious conservative radio host from entering the United Kingdom.

Savage, 69, the bombastic, right-wing radio presenter was barred from Britain in 2009 when the then-Labour government decided his "too extreme" views posed a security threat to the country. Government officials have refused to let him into the country until he takes back some of his scathing comments, according to The Daily Mail, a British newspaper. 

But the Labour leadership never really specified which comments it found to be so dangerous. It only said that his views on Islam, rape, and autism fostered hatred that is right up there with Nazis and terrorists. And of course, the renewed effort to shut Savage up has only fueled the angry man's fire.

"Why does the Cameron government protect Muslim terrorists and Muslim hate-preachers who espouse the overthrow of the British government, democracy itself, while banning Michael Savage from entering the land of their better forefathers?" Savage says.

Perhaps the British government giving Savage too much credit. The right-wing radio host joins a list of 16 other egregious chaps -- including murders -- who are barred from coming to Britain, including KKK members, Hamas terrorist leader Yunis Al-Astal, and neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe.

Savage pointed out that he is no terrorist or murder. Yet the British government wrote to Savage's attorney, saying that he will remain on the list until he takes back his incendiary remarks.

"Your client has not provided any evidence to show that he did not commit the unacceptable behaviour [that prompted the] decision to exclude him, nor has your client provided any acceptable evidence to show his repudiation of those unacceptable behaviours,"  Michael Atkins wrote on behalf of the U.K government.

No doubt Savage's hard-hitting views on immigration and his call for an English-only America has inspired much rage among many people. Yet Republicans in America came to Savage's defense, saying that doesn't make him a criminal nor has he illustrated any proclivity toward violence.

In other words, what happened to good ol' democracy, freedom of speech, and freedom of press, asks Congressman Allen West, a Republican from Florida.

More than eight million people tune into Savage's radio program, Savage Nation, where he's riled up the nation for making controversial comments, such as: "In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out."

Which, as the British would say, makes Savage a complete muppet -- at best.

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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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