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Saturday 22 November 2014

Armstrong: Posh-bashing 'pointless'

Alexander Armstrong has hit out at those who discriminate against upper-class people
Alexander Armstrong has hit out at those who discriminate against upper-class people

Comedian and game show host Alexander Armstrong has said he "bitterly resents" so-called "posh-bashing".

The Pointless host said he finds the "tribal aversion to anyone with a posh voice... very boring".

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Armstrong said: "I do bitterly resent it when people of any kind are attacked because of something that is no fault of theirs - like who their parents are."

He added: "Why should your background be held against you? It is so short-sighted.

"There are plenty of reasons for disliking people, but this tribal aversion to anyone with a posh voice is very boring."

An episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? found that the comedian can trace his ancestors back to William the Conqueror.

Mr Armstrong's comments come after Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch told the Radio Times last year that he was considering leaving Britain because of "all the posh-bashing that goes on".

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