It’s the job of ′SAS Australia′ chief instructor Ant Middleton to grill celebrities about their pasts but the former soldier has had his own share of controversies while in the spotlight.
In June the 39-year-old – known for also appearing on the UK’s version of the show, ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ – was called out for a deleted tweet in which he used the word “scum” in reference to Black Lives Matter protesters.
The tweet, which was published by the Mirror, read: “The extreme left against the extreme right. When did two wrongs make a right. It was only a matter of time. BLM and EDL are not welcome on our streets, absolute scum. What a great example you are to your future generation. Bravo.”
EDL refers to the English Defence League, a far-right organisation in the UK. His comments came after a day of violent clashes between far-right protesters and police in central London.
A few days later he shared a video on his Twitter account apologising “if my tweet came across as offensive”.
In a message accompanying his video, he wrote: “In relation to a tweet I took down over the weekend. I took it down immediately but I wanted to make sure I’ve been clear and upfront about why I took it down.”
Posting a message in relation to a tweet I took down over the weekend. I took it down immediately but I wanted to make sure I've been clear and upfront about why I took it down... pic.twitter.com/ou75oc2Rjl
— Anthony Middleton (@antmiddleton) June 15, 2020
He then said: “I’d just like to clarify a tweet I put out this weekend and deleted straight away, once I re-read and realised it could cause offence.
“I put out a tweet, retweeted a video of the violence, the terror, the chaos that was happening on the streets of London and within that tweet I mentioned the BLM and the EDL and the word ‘scum’.”
“At no point was I calling the BLM scum and comparing [the] two organisations,” he continued. “I want to make that really clear.