A British television newscaster is courting controversy by refusing to wear a paper poppy on the air to commemorate Remembrance Day -- the equivalent of America's Veterans' Day. Jon Snow, a news anchor on Channel 4, has acknowledged that his refusal has prompted complaints from viewers. On his blog, Snow said that he refuses to wear anything on the air that represents a personal statement. "I am begged to wear an AIDS ribbon, a breast cancer ribbon, a Marie Curie flower ... they send me stuff to wear to raise awareness, and I don't. ... And in those terms, and those terms alone, I do not and will not wear a poppy." He said, however, that he does wear the poppy "in my private life." A reverse controversy arose in the U.S. following the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq when some newscasters were criticized for wearing American flags in their lapels.




10/11/2006