As Remembrance Day draws ever closer, taking place on Sunday, the poppy debate has reared its head again and this time a man wearing a white poppy on This Morning has been blasted.
Some people seem to think that wearing the red poppy at this year glorifies war, as opposed to paying tribute to those who died, and new research indicates that a third of under 25 year-olds will not be wearing a poppy this year for that same reason.
And the debate has come to the surface once again as one man visited the This Morning studios to discuss and explain why he wears a white poppy, as opposed to a red poppy.
He said that the white poppy represents peace and does not “glorify war.”
Adam Spiers went onto the ITV daytime show to discuss and explain his views, and he said that he would be more willing to wear a red poppy if the British Leigon weren’t so “problematic”.
Speaking to presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Adam said: “[The British Legion] accept sponsorship from a number of arms manufacturers and in 2012 their president needed to resign.
Our armed forces don’t die for us, to be disrespected with this white poppy nonsense. A huge percentage of my generation is batty. They need help #ThisMorning
— jodie (@jodieblundelll) November 8, 2017
OH ffs. We have this bullshit every fucking year. Fuck off white poppy wanker. My husband didn't die for cunts like you. #ThisMorning
— Jacquie (@JacquieHutchins) November 8, 2017
“I do think, whilst I respect the idea of remembrance and I’m not looking to disrespect anyone, if the British Legion wasn’t involved in other problematic areas then I would wear the red poppy.”
Adam also said that he disagreed with the photo that the British Leigon shared on its website with young children wearing ‘future soldier’ T-shirts, and he said that this “was a problem.”
However, all of the presenters on This Morning – all of whom were wearing the traditional red poppies – disagreed with Adam’s views.
“You can’t criticise a young man for wanting to be in the military,” said the former soldier John Nichol.
“You are absolutely entitled to the point of view, [Adam],” he stressed, before saying,
A white poppy is a symbol of someone who wants to make a statement but isn't bright enough to understand what the red poppy actually means. #thismorning
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“You can’t blame this person for wanting to emulate their forefathers.”
Holly Willoughby also disagreed with Adam, as she pointed out: “My son wears a shirt with a fire engine on because he wants to be a firefighter.”
The viewers at home also disagreed with Adam’s views, and took to social media to voice their disapproval of the white poppy – saying that it was “disrespectful.”
One person said: “If white poppies grew on Flanders Field would this guy then not wear one? As his argument that it represents a peace poppy wouldn’t stand. #thismorning”
Another person said: “Our armed forces don’t die for us, to be disrespected with this white poppy nonsense. A huge percentage of my generation is batty. They need help #ThisMorning”
Another added: “Flanders field is where the RED poppies grew on the ground where our war hero’s fell during the Great War, lest we forget!!”
And a fourth shared: “What colour are the poppies in Flanders ??? Don’t make Armistice into a political issue. Its about those who gave their life.”
Concluding the interview, Adam explained to Holly and co-host Phillip Schofield: “This is about remembrance. People might be surprised to hear that there has only been one year where a service man or woman hasn’t died at war.”
When asked if he found the white poppy offensive, John said: “I would fight to the death for Adam to wear his white poppy.
“That’s what we do in the forces, we fight for freedom.”
There has been a lot of debate over the wearing of poppies recently, and Holly was in the news herself recently because of the manner in which she wore her poppy during yesterday’s show.
Appearing alongside her co-host Phillip Schofield, the Celebrity Juice star was wearing a poppy pinned onto her outfit, however some fans called out the presenter for not wearing the poppy correctly, with the poppy on the wrong side and the green leaf pointing in the wrong direction.
And this time it was Holly who was the receiving end of social media backlash, with one fan sharing on social media: “Love the outfit but your poppy should be on the right, with the green leaf pointing to 11.”
Another commented: “Your poppy needs to go over to the right side of your dress.”
Others however have defended Holly, with one person writing: “It’s a myth on which side it’s meant to be worn, most go with the left as it’s over their heart and yes 11 facing is nice but the Great British leigon would agree that everyone has their own preferences (the Scottish poppy has no leaf) on wearing the poppy but more importantly those that wear it are wearing it with PRIDE and Holly is doing just that xxx”
But, as with the case of Adam and his white poppy, the British Leigon themselves said that how one wears the poppy is pretty much irrelevant, so long as it is being worn for the right reasons, as they said: “There is no right or wrong way to wear a poppy. It is a matter of personal choice whether an individual chooses to wear a poppy and also how they choose to wear it.
“Some wear it on the left side of their body, as this is close to the heart, while others suggest that men wear it in their left lapel (similar to a boutonnière) and women wear it on the right (similar to a brooch).
“There’s also a myth that only members of the Royal Family are allowed to wear theirs on the right – this isn’t true.”
They added: “However, none of these are the ‘correct’ way to wear your poppy. The best way to wear one is simply with pride.”
Interestingly, they also state that: “It is a matter of choice, the Legion doesn’t have a problem whether you wear a red one or a white one, both or none at all.”
While a lot of people do think that the red poppy already encompasses all of the sentiments that are encompassed by Remembrance Day, it is all a matter of opinion, so long as the poppy, red or white, is worn to pay tribute to all of those who have died in war, British or otherwise.