Royal British Legion Not Selling Poppies to not Offend Minorities - Internet/Facebook Rumour

09/18/11 - Article No: 1381. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

UPDATE: This article has been updated and can be read here.


I`ve just heard some really shocking news. The Royal British Legion are not selling poppies in certain areas on Nov 11 this year. This is because some minorities say that it will upset them. I say F**K off ... The poppy is a symbol of reverence for our fallen heroes of all the wars the BRITISH military have fought in. BRITAIN STAND UP AND SAY `WE WANT THE POPPY SOLD EVERY WHERE IN THE UK`. THIS IS OUR RIGHT TO REVERE OUR FALLEN.. PLEASE RE-POST
collected September 2011


I`ve just heard some really shocking news. The Royal British Legion are not selling poppies in certain areas on Nov 11 this year. This is because some minorities say that it will upset them. I say sod off ... The poppy is a symbol of reverence for our fallen heroes of all the wars the BRITISH military have fought in. BRITAIN STAND UP AND SAY `WE WANT THE POPPY SOLD EVERY WERE IN THE UK`. THIS IS OUR RIGHT TO REVERE OUR FALLEN.. PLEASE RE-POST ..
collected September 2011




Messages spreading across social networking site Facebook assert that the Royal British Legion - Britains leading charity for people and families involved with the Armed Forces - are not selling poppies in certain areas because it would offend minorities.

The rumours are totally false and have circulated both in 2011 and 2012 as Armistice Day approaches. There is simply no evidence or verifiable sources to back up the claims made in the rumour. In fact the rumour bears a striking resemblance in how it is worded to an earlier hoax that circulated during the run up of the World Cup in 2012 that claimed England fans were being banned from wearing England football shirts because it was offensive to minorities. This rumour was also totally false.

There was an incident in 2011 where the Royal British Legion were unable to collect money in certain areas of Birmingham but this was because of licensing issues set by the local council which were eventually resolved, nothing to do with minorities.
Also in 2011 various stores were criticised for not allowing their staff to wear poppies as it did not adhere to uniform codes (here and here.), however those high profile cases were also resolved, and again at no point did any of these cases have anything to do with minorities.

The rumour is racial propaganda. When you consider that the British Armed Forces actually contains many brave men and women from the same ethnic minorities allegedly "offended" by poppy selling, the motives of this sick message become clear.
This is racist propaganda and completely untrue and we strongly recommend not spreading any of these rumours which aim to isolate and cause hatred towards ethnic minorities.

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