A Tory councillor has apologised after he shared a photo of naked women on a boat, accompanied by the caption, “If Carlsberg did illegal immigrants”.
Mike Kusneraitis made the controversial post in a closed residents’ Facebook group on July 24 but, when the comment was exposed, the Conservative representative for Runnymede Borough Council in Surrey claimed he “never meant to upset anyone”.
The councillor admitted to making a number of offensive posts on the Facebook page, which have now been removed, including a dog with a towel on its head and a sexually explicit cartoon.
The councillor issued an apology on his Facebook page, writing:
Judge me by my actions in the community not by a misjudged post on social media. I would like to state that it was never my intention to offend or upset anyone and if I have done then I want take this opportunity to apologise sincerely and wholeheartedly.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not and have never been a racist. Growing up in a family that came to this country to escape fascism and genocide I am only too aware of the horror and destruction discrimination on grounds of nationality, ethnicity and faith brings. I’m proud to represent and be a part of a society that is diverse and inclusive.
Peter Taylor, the chairman of the local Conservative Association, said he would be looking into Kusneraitis’ posts.
If Carlsberg did councillors, they’d probably think a bit more about what they post on social media, to be honest…