Michael Buerk says the NHS should save money by allowing the obese to die early – 11 scathing reactions
Michael Buerk: Let fat people die to save the NHS money.
It sounds like a joke, but it’s actually a paraphrase of what he really said, which was this:
“How much would he or she cost if, instead of keeling over with a heart attack at 52, they live to a ripe, dementia-ridden old age, requiring decades of expensive care?”
“Leave couch potatoes alone. They’re weak, not ill.”
His comment clearly came across as brutal, because the response online was almost entirely negative. These comments were typical.
I'm not saying the reincarnated spirit of Thanos has somehow find a way to impregnate the brain of a former BBC news reader, I'm just not not saying that. https://t.co/dct5qRdo4B
— Alan White (@aljwhite) August 6, 2019
We should let tall people die early in order to save money on clothing material. https://t.co/bhzcm397q0
— mr welbeck kane (@400FootGhost) August 6, 2019
Andddd the latest public figure to come out as a Nazi is…https://t.co/eSSN7eEFFN
— Jack D 🌹 (@JackDunc1) August 6, 2019
Why stop there, Buerk? Why not people who suffer from bulimia as well? Alcoholics? drug addicts?
Let fat people die to save the NHS money says BBC's Michael Buerk https://t.co/2QY3iuviBT
— Cochis (@Cochis3) August 6, 2019
— Imelda Finnerty (@blisswords) August 6, 2019
First they came for the big-boned…. https://t.co/zKIHvqLXOQ
— Axiom Throgmorton™ (@geniaphobic) August 6, 2019
When you see a name such as 'Michael Buerk' trending on Twitter you immediately think "Is he dead or is he racist?".
Turns out he just wants all fat people to die though.
— Phlegm Clandango (@Cain_Unable) August 6, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: "let Michael Buerk die" says fat bloke pic.twitter.com/aEpbCrmhSZ
— The Agitator (@UKDemockery) August 6, 2019
The elderly cost the NHS the most, I wonder how up for it 73 year old Michael Buerk would be for culling the old at 70, Logan's Run style, to save the NHS money instead.
— MʀWᴏᴏᴅᴏ (@Mister_Woodo) August 6, 2019
Let Michael Buerk die to save journalism
— Avery Blueberry. #GTTO #JC4PM2019 #EngineofHope (@AveryBlueberry) August 6, 2019
I hope a fat person falls on him. #MichaelBuerk
— CloudyMcCloudFace (@FaceCloudy) August 6, 2019
Writer Will Black thought he might have an idea how this had happened.
Loving that Michael Buerk is being described as an "I'm a Celebrity star"
The trouble is with these old school newsreaders is if they don't have an autocue in front of them they tend to veer off into drivel and reprehensible views
Not unlike Trump https://t.co/ciJbHP8R80
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) August 6, 2019
But it was comedian Janey Godley who had an answer.
Fuck sake shut up you mad bastard
Michael Buerk: Let obese people die early to save NHS money | UK News | Sky News https://t.co/lJu1KaaqFz
— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) August 6, 2019
It might just work.
Thumbnail screenshot – ITV