GMB: Ranvir and Susanna get emotional over Marcus Rashford
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Marcus Rashford and a number of England players have spoken out against the vile racist abuse aimed the team’s way following Italy’s penalty shoot-out glory at Wembley on Sunday. The Euro 2020 defeat sparked a bout of horrific trolling aimed at the likes of Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho after the trio missed their decisive penalties in the head to head. However, Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid, Ranvir Singh, Andi Peters and Richard Madeley all threw their support behind the players, becoming emotional as they commended their reaction and detailing their own personal dealings with racism.
One emotional moment came as Susanna read aloud Rashford’s statement in full which he penned yesterday in response to England’s Euro 2020 exit.
In it, the Manchester United forward apologised for missing the penalty but said he would never apologise for who he was as a black man from Withington and Wythenshawe.
Susanna became tearful after reading Rashford’s statement as she then detailed a response letter from a nine-year-old fan who branded the striker as an “inspiration”.
Turning to Ranvir for her thoughts, Ranvir praised the young boy’s letter as she replied: “That’s England.”
Susanna replied: “And Marcus Rashford, and Tyrone Mings, and Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, and every single member of that squad.”
Richard then joked: “Come on, Ranvir, you’ve got to read the news so dry your eyes.”
But referring to the letter, Ranvir said: “The thing is it goes to the heart of what we want for our children.”
However, touching on her own experience, the GMB star admitted racism plays a part in her daily life.
The former Strictly contestant continued: “My son going to school, he’s talked about the racism he’s faced and he’s gonna be nine and you think about it all the time. And you’re privileged if you don’t have to think about it and the only time you think about it is if one of your heroes is suffering.”
Susanna concurred with her co-star, admitting it was the “definition” of privilege.
Ranvir continued: “Andi walks about with it all the time, whether he’s talking about quizzes or whatever he’s talking about,
“You can’t shake it off and if you’re in that position and you can act like you’re functioning normally but all the time it’s there.
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“Privilege is having the choice, that’s the privilege, and now I think we have to remove that privilege, we all have to think about it.”
Ranvir and Susanna’s candid discussion led to tears at home as well, as one fan said on Twitter: “Sat crying watching @GMB this morning!
“I just think how amazing @ITV for allowing so much coverage of this matter! Change needs to happen, I just can’t understand it! @England we love you.”
A second echoed: “I am sitting here crying my eyes out why do they have to put up with this vile, disgusting abuse.”
“@GMB what a passionate program this morning let’s hope that you sorry we can make a difference here and make change changes to stop this terrible behaviour,” added a third.
While another said of the moment: “@GMB what a statement from a young man, the country are proud of you all, [applause emoji],
“Anyone who spouts any form of racial abuse should be arrested, and prosecuted, you can’t just blame this government as there has been many before who could have done more, time for change.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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