Charlene White has hit back at the racist abuse she receives at the hands of vile trolls.
After being hit with a torrent of abuse online, Charlene White has explained why she chooses not to wear a poppy on air.
People wear remembrance poppies to commemorate those who lost their lives during warfare, and are sold by the Royal British Legion to support those who are currently serving in the armed forces and their families.
The ITV News broadcaster, 38, responded to criticism – which she receives every year – by explaining her position.
Charlene – who receives racist and sexist abuse over her decision not to wear a poppy – tweeted: “I wear a poppy off screen – I donate to the British Legion – I come from a forces family – I’m really not a b***h, c**t or p***k.”
She posted a link to an article she wrote for ITV News in 2014, which clearly explains her position.
Charlene explained: “I support and am patron of a number of charities, and due to impartiality rules, I am not allowed to visually support them all whilst presenting news programmes.
“That includes things like a red ribbon for World Aids Day, or a purple band for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
“Both these and many more charities do great things in the UK, but I’m not allowed to give them exposure on screen.
“So I feel uncomfortable supporting just one charity above all others, namely The Royal British Legion, but I fully support my colleagues who do choose to wear the poppy on screen.”
Charlene went on to explain that when she isn’t appearing on screen, she chooses to support the poppy appeal wholeheartedly, which includes donating to the British Legion annually.
“In my private life, it’s very different,” she continued. “I wear a poppy on Armistice Day – in fact I wear one that my friend Jen’s mum knitted for me a few years ago.”
Charlene also explained that she has a family connection to the forces, as her dad served in the RAF and her uncle served in the Army.
She says that she spoke to both of them about her controversial decision, and both chose to support her.
“Of course I don’t expect everyone to support it,” she continued.
“However it is always important to remember what my family, your family, and millions of people over many generations have fought for: the right to choose, and the right of freedom of speech and expression.”