The NSPCC’s CEO Peter Wanless has issued an apology after the charity cut ties with trans activist Munroe Bergdorf 48 hours after announcing she was to become the first LGBT+ campaigner for their counselling service Childline.
Mr Wanless has gone to great lengths to stress that it is in no way related to Ms Bergdorf being transgender, repeatedly stating that he couldn’t possibly be prejudiced against the trans community as he has ‘loads of trans friends.’
Bergdorf was not informed of the decision until the NSPCC released a statement saying they would have ‘no ongoing relationship’ with her. Nearly 150 employees of the charity have signed a letter saying they are ‘deeply disappointed’ by how she has been treated.
Wanless has assured his staff that he understands their concerns. He is, in fact, in a perfect position to understand due to his ‘many different friends. Female friends, male friends, non-binary friends, gay friends, straight friends, pansexual friends. Black friends, white friends, Asian friends, Hispanic friends. Old friends, young friends, bigoted friends…shit. Please don’t include that last one.’
The appointment was met with opposition from some on social media including Times journalist Janice Turner who referred to Bergdorf as ‘a porn model’ because she once posed for Playboy. The NSPCC has previously worked with lingerie models Abbey Clancy and Melinda Messenger.
Those complaining have been characteristically sensitive and open-minded simply claiming that Bergdorf is unfit to be around children, feasts on the blood of virgins and lives under a bridge which she demands a flesh sacrifice to cross. However, some have taken a more nuanced approach including user @jade_cresswill who tweeted ‘I refuse to be smeared by the left-wing press as judging someone based on their gender identity. I will always stand with my transgender brothers and sisters. I just don’t like black people.’