Leanne Wood defends Welsh podcast after controversial Taliban tweet
Former Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has defended a Welsh podcast that posted a controversial tweet about the Taliban.
Desolation Radio, which have hosted the former Rhondda Senedd Member on their show, posted a poll on Twitter asking people to vote on whether they would rather be governed by the Taliban or Welsh Labour.
The tweet was posted as the Islamist terroristic movement completed their takeover of capital Kabul as US and NATO forces withdrew from Afghanistan.
When the tweet caused a backlash they posted two follow-up tweets, one depicting the Taliban at a Welsh Government press conference and a second including “an apology” which spelled out the word ‘Taliban’.
The tweets were widely criticised as “insensitive”, “in poor taste” and “repulsive” by some others on the social media site.
Leanne Wood however defended the podcast after Twitter users called on her to distance herself from Desolation Radio and unfollow them. The former Senedd Member responded that it would be “cancel culture” to do so.
“I have seen Desolation Wales cover some great stories and original content which often pushes boundaries,” she said. “They are a valuable part of the discussion we need to have. I am not going to play along with this cancel culture. Sorry.
“I see Welsh leftists ‘call out’ other Welsh leftists far more than they call out the right or far right. This is culture wars. People are playing along and it’s harmful to all of us. Let’s take a step back, work out who are our allies and who we need to oppose?
“This conversation started because I was asked to unfollow Desolation Wales. I explained why I wouldn’t. Are you saying we should not only denounce those we disagree with, or believe to be discriminatory, but also those who follow those we disagree with too?”