Alan Sugar accused of mocking Epstein and Weinstein abuse victims by sharing sick meme
The Apprentice star was met with backlash on Twitter when he shared a mocked-up image of Mount Rushmore with the faces of Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump carved into it
Lord Alan Sugar has been accused of degrading victims of sexual abuse with his latest controversial tweet.
The businessman and star of BBC’s The Apprentice has caused uproar on Twitter in the past.
Now, it’s happened again as he shared a mocked up image of Mount Rushmore in America with the faces of Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump superimposed onto it.
“Love this ! Very funny,” he captioned the image as he shared it with his millions of followers.
Cosby, former star of The Cosby Show, was jailed for three to 10 years in 2018 after being found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
He had been accused of sexual assault, rape, sexual battery, and child sexual abuse, by more than 60 women. He denied everything.
Movie producer Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years behind bars earlier this year after he was guilty of criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
He was found guilty of two of the five criminal charges he was facing after being accused by a string of women in the movie industry. He denied it all.
Epstein also faced a string of accusations from women, including some who were underage, which he denied.
In 2008, he pleaded guilty after a parent accused him of sexually assaulting her 14-year-old daughter.
He was convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution and soliciting a prostitue. He served almost 13 months in custody, but with extensive work release.
He was convicted of just these two crimes as part of a controversial plea deal despite federal officers identifying 36 girls, some as young as 14, who he had allegedly sexually abused.
In July 2019, Epstein was arrested on federal charges of sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. He died in his jail cell one month later and his death was ruled as suicide.
US President Trump has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by at least 25 women since the 1970s.
He was once recorded bragging that a celebrity such as himself can “do anything” they want to women, including “just start kissing them… I don’t even wait”. He also infamously said he would “grab ’em by the p***y”.
Trump apologised for his cruel language and insisted it was just “locker room talk” and that he would never actually behave that way towards a woman.
Trump has denied all the allegations against him and once threatened to sue every woman who had made an accusation but is yet to do so.
Lord Sugar was accused of laughing at victims of sexual abuse with his latest controversial tweet.
One responded: “This is cheap, Alan. What about the victims of Epstein, et al? You seem to be degrading and laughing at them. I wonder what the Peers will think of this”
Another suggested he’d regret posting it, writing: “How long before you delete this. I’m giving you 12 hours”
A third replied: “Not even remotely funny. Especially for their victims.”
While one wrote: “Dinosaur! Losing respect for you. Imagine the poor victims faces as you publish posts of these monsters (excluding Trump).”
Another asked: “Love this? Very funny? But it’s not though is it? What has got into you these days?”
Not everyone felt the same, with many coming to Lord Sugar’s defence, saying they didn’t understand why people were so angry about his tweet.
One wrote: “Just don’t get why people are getting irate about this picture? It’s just banter people take a chill pill”
Another suggested: “Oh for heaven’s sake, can we just see the humour in this and laugh! World is way to PC now!!”
“You have to appreciate the irony,” one posted.