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Watch: Gay Activist Peter Tatchell Confronts BNP Leader Nick Griffin Over Homophobia, Racism, Anti-Semitism

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British National Party Leader Nick Griffin was confronted by gay activist Peter Tatchell at London's Milbank Studios yesterday, and it was all caught on camera.

The Mirror reports:

"Griffin had been invited to the Palace because he is a Euro MP and gloated about it on GMTV hours before. But as he began touring other TV studios, furious royal aides banned the smug extremist - accusing him of blatantly politicising the social event. A Palace spokesman said: 'Nick Griffin overtly used his invitation for party political purposes through the media. This increased the security threat and the potential discomfort to the many other guests attending.' ... Former neo-Nazi Griffin, 51, had also boasted about the royal party on his BNP blog, calling his attendance a "highly symbolic breakthrough". The invitation opened up the horrifying prospect of the Queen inadvertently meeting Griffin on the manicured lawns of Buckingham Palace. He could also have been photographed near the monarch, which would have been seized upon by his supporters. Griffin was already dressed in a hired morning suit, cravat and waistcoat when he was told of the ban by his officials."

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Upon leaving the BBC, Griffin was confronted by Tatchell, who told London's Pink Paper:

"As soon as he saw me he had a look of horror on his face. I asked Griffin: 'Isn't it about time you apologised to the British people for your party's long history of anti-Semitism, homophobia and attacks on the Muslim community?' Griffin looked sheepish. He seemed stumped for an answer. I asked him again. Then he just ran off. What a coward. Griffin's minders shoved me down the stairs. It's proof that the BNP doesn't believe in free speech or in the public asking their leader awkward questions. It shows the kind of autocratic society the BNP would impose if they ever won power.  For many years, the BNP has preached a totalitarian ideology of anti-Jewish, anti-black, anti-gay and anti-Muslim hatred. The party has a long and strident hatred of non-white immigrants and asylum seekers. It's racist views are an affront to democratic values. Behind Nick Griffin's silky words and smiles lurk his party's neo-fascist roots. The BNP is a threat to human rights and social solidarity."

Watch the confrontation, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Thank you Peter Tatchell, for confronting a bigot, and taking the opportunity to speak OUT against the leader of the BNP, and what they stand for.We need more people like you in our
    community. Again, Thank you.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Jul 23, 2010 8:44:54 AM


  2. Nice job, Peter!!!!
    You took the fight right to him and he ran!

    Posted by: Greg | Jul 23, 2010 8:46:06 AM


  3. Peter Tatchell is a hero fighting for gay rights... he does not mind putting himself in harm's way to make a point and to highlight bigotry and hatred against us... Thanks Peter!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Jul 23, 2010 8:55:27 AM


  4. Wow! I am impressed. What a way to act! Well done.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 23, 2010 9:05:35 AM


  5. Considering the royal family's ties to the Nazi party of yore, he should have felt right at home in the palace. At the BBC on the other hand...

    Posted by: anon | Jul 23, 2010 9:45:03 AM


  6. peter tatchell is, quite simply and profoundly, a hero.

    Posted by: t.todd | Jul 23, 2010 1:32:28 PM


  7. I wish our own journalists would have the balls to similarly confront the bigots in our elected office.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 23, 2010 1:42:19 PM


  8. Peter Tatchell is my hero.

    Posted by: luke | Jul 23, 2010 4:39:59 PM


  9. I interviewed Peter Tatchell about 12 years ago at his apartment in South London for a news paper, not long after he'd been beaten up by some of his opponents. He was living in a tiny one bedroom apartment wit sheet metal across his windows and more lock than Fort Knox across his door. This is a man who has dedicated his whole life to fighting for equality and has very little to show for it. While I don't agree with all of his tactics, the man should be Knighted for his service, dedication and commitment.

    Posted by: Rich | Jul 24, 2010 1:00:18 AM


  10. darn right peter!!

    Posted by: sal | Jul 24, 2010 1:02:18 AM


  11. Woe that none of the Real American "journalists" would do this these days (Foxed News does but only to those they disagree with.) it was a sad day when TV journalists became purely media attractions.

    With the exception of Rachel Maddow, of course!

    Posted by: SCV Malcolm | Jul 24, 2010 7:21:42 PM


  12. Peter Tatchell is an example for us all.

    Posted by: libhomo | Jul 25, 2010 12:23:56 AM


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