Hotel Group Pulls Sponsorship After George Hook Comments

George Hook
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Dalata Hotel Group have terminated their sponsorship of George Hook’s ‘Right Hook’ programme following his recent comments in relation to rape. They tweeted to say “cannot support any radio station that allows inappropriate & hurtful comments to be made”.

It follows a widespread public backlash in relation to the veteran broadcasters’ comments on the victim of an alleged rape case.

On his High Noon show he told listeners;

“She was passed around, went the story. And apparently she went to bed with one guy and he goes out and another guy comes in. She doesn’t want to have relations with the second guy but he forces himself upon her. Awful,”

“But when you then look deeper into the story you have to ask certain questions. Why does a girl who just meets a fella in a bar go back to a hotel room? She’s only just barely met him. She has no idea of his health conditions, she has no idea who he is, she has no idea of what dangers he might pose.”

“But modern day social activity means that she goes back with him. Then is surprised when somebody else comes into the room and rapes her. Should she be raped? Course she shouldn’t. Is she entitled to say no? Absolutely. Is the guy who came in a scumbag? Certainly. Should he go to jail? Of Course. All of those things. But is there no blame now to the person who puts themselves in danger?”

“There is personal responsibility because it’s your daughter and it’s my daughter. And what determines the daughter who goes out, gets drunk, passes out and is with strangers in her room and the daughter that goes out, stays halfway sober and comes home, I don’t know. I wish I knew. I wish I knew what the secret of parenting is.”

“But there is a point of responsibility. The real issues nowadays and increasingly is the question of the personal responsibility that young girls are taking for their own safety.”

Hook later took to Twitter himself to apologise for the remarks;