Coleen Nolan under fire for Isis remarks
ITV bosses are being urged to sack Coleen Nolan after the Loose Women panelist appeared to draw comparisons between gay rights and support for Islamic extremists Isis while commenting on the Ashers verdict.
The 50-year-old singer and author defended the Christian-owned Northern Ireland bakery after it was found guilty of discrimination.
The former Nolan Sisters group member then shocked viewers by asking that if orders for cakes with gay slogans had to be accepted, would it mean a bakery would have to accept an order with a design supporting Islamic extremism.
"What about if somebody walked in and said I want a cake and I want the whole Islamic State on it and how I support it and how I support them killing our people. Because it's a business do they have to make it? And if they turn around and say they're not making it, we'd all applaud it."
Following her comments the previous day, viewers took to Twitter, calling for Nolan to be sacked or publicly apologise for her remarks.
"@NolanColeen Your comment comparing supporting gay rights with Isis is so offensive, I feel you should issue a public apology," one angered viewer wrote.
"It is not illegal to be gay. It is illegal to discriminate. Isis kill innocent people in sickening ways. Gay people want equality."
"I hope you get fired for that @NolanColeen," said another.