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UK ban for anti-gay energy drink founder

Wed 6 May 2009 In: International News View at Wayback

The American co-founder of Rockstar energy drinks is on a short list of people banned from the UK for 'inciting hatred'. Hater: Michael Savage Michael Savage spouts his homophobic views on his controversial radio show - recently claiming that he "wants to puke" when he sees a same-sex couple kissing. He's on the UK Home Office's list of 16 people banned from entering Britain since last October. The list includes hate preachers and anti-gay protesters, reports the Independent newspaper. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith says she's happy to 'name and shame' the people on the list. "We are telling people who they are and why it is we don't want them in this country," she explains. "Coming to this country is a privilege. If you can't live by the rules that we live by, the standards and the values that we live by, we should exclude you from this country and, what's more, now we will make public those people that we have excluded." Smith says Savage's radio show 'forments hatred', and "is likely to cause or have the potential to cause violence or inter-community tension in this country". Also on the list is notorious homophobe American Baptist pastor Fred Waldron Phelps Snr and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper, Hamas MP Yunis Al-Astal, Jewish extremist Mike Guzovsky, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Stephen Donald Black and neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe. GayNZ.com has attempted to make contact with the Australasian arm of the Rockstar energy drinks company to find out its attitude to its co-founder's public anti-gay views, but no reply has been received as yet.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News Staff

First published: Wednesday, 6th May 2009 - 11:10am

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