Sky News claims Saoirse Ronan is British during BAFTA report sparking Twitter meltdown
Reporter stands by his claim saying it should be taken as a compliment
Sky News reporter Richard Suchet claimed Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is British during a live broadcast on Friday afternoon.
The remark was made as Suchet listed the BAFTA nominees for Best Actress.
"If we look at the leading actress category, I think we can take Saoirse Ronan as one of ours. She's in Brooklyn, she's nominated."
Suchet appeared to be sticking by his comments following criticism on Twitter.
He said: "She's from the British Isles & whether you like it or not, Brits will be willing her to win."
Suchet added: "Many Brits will still see her as one of their own. It's a consequence of geography. A compliment I'd say."
Cue Twitter meltdown.
The mistake comes after the London Critics' Circle organisers was forced to amend film nomination categories in December after backlash on social media when Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender were named as 'British' stars at London film awards.
@RTE_TEN She's from the British Isles & whether you like it or not, Brits will be willing her to win. Glad you got an article out of it tho.— Richard Suchet (@SkySuchet) January 8, 2016
@SkySuchet Obviously all the support for her is greatly appreciated, but at the end of the day she is still Irish after all.— RTÉ TEN (@RTE_TEN) January 8, 2016
@RTE_TEN of course she is. But many Brits will still see her as one of their own. It's a consequence of geography. A compliment I'd say.— Richard Suchet (@SkySuchet) January 8, 2016
@SkySuchet I'm genuinely astonished by this. Can you not see how offensive this is to the majority of Irish people?— Donald Clarke (@DonaldClarke63) January 8, 2016
@SkySuchet Canadians live in North America. They’re not American. British Isles is an anachronistic term. Wish her well by all means.— Lee Cash (@LeeCash) January 8, 2016
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