Dan Walker, 41, took to Twitter to respond to journalist Sophie Walker, 47, after she called for a time “male violence is recognised as the single biggest threat to peace”. In view of her 40,000 followers, she wrote on the micro-blogging site: “Please let there come a time when male violence is recognised as the single biggest threat to peace and tackled accordingly. “My heart goes out to the victims and families and everyone affected by the disgusting act of Islamophobic terrorism in #Christchurch.” The BBC Breakfast host then responded to her and his 556,000 fans: “Not sure now is the right time to make this about gender Sophie.”
A social media user then replied to Dan stating: “I really like & respect you Dan Walker, but gender is a relevant subject when the overwhelming majority of shootings & terror attacks are perpetrated by men. I don’t think she’s wrong to raise this.”
The TV host replied: “There is a debate to be had but I’m not sure three hours after a mass murder is the right time. What do I know?
“I may be wrong, but I think compassion and sorrow come before a lecture.”
Sophie then retweeted a post from a different user after she said was being “trolled” following the BBC host’s tweet.
They referred to the WEP founder’s original tweet, and said: “So what you’re saying is all men are bad because some men are terrorists.”
To which she replied: “NOT what I'm saying. You need to get past your defensiveness & privilege - as demonstrated by men like @mrdanwalker who urges his hundreds of thousands of followers to troll me rather than consider that most violence IS done by men & talking about what we could do about it.”
Dan Walker embroiled in spat as he addresses New Zealand shooting (Image: WENN)
Dan got into a Twitter spat with Sophie Walker (Image: GETTY)
Dan took the opportunity to