Australian-American press tycoon Rupert Murdoch has attacked gay rights groups for ‘bullying’ today (17 March).
The owner of organizations such as US’ Fox News and UK’s The Sun and the now defunct News of the World stepped into the controversy surrounding the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York City.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, organizers of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the US, ban gay groups from marching.
‘Where will this end?’ Murdoch asked on Twitter. ‘Guinness pulls out of religious parade bullied by gay orgs who try to take it over. Hope all Irish boycott the stuff.’
Guinness was praised by gay rights groups for choosing to drop sponsorship of the event.
‘Today, Guinness sent a strong message to its customers and employees: discrimination should never be celebrated,’ GLAAD’s CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said.
Murdoch has been criticized for his homophobic views before, allowing anti-gay content to appear in his newspapers and television stations.
On gay marriage, the twice-divorced business magnate said last year: ‘I believe it is wrong.
‘I’m considered homophobic and crazy about these things and old fashioned.
‘But I think that the family – father, mother children – is fundamental to our civilization.’