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Sarah Everard: Davina McCall Faces Backlash For 'Not All Men’ Comments

Sarah Everard: Davina McCall Faces Backlash For 'Not All Men’ Comments

The TV personality has sparked a debate on Twitter.

Kimberley Bond

Kimberley Bond

Davina McCall has sparked debate on social media after she tweeted "not all men" were a danger to women.

The 53-year-old has spoken out over men's mental health following an outpouring of grief from women after it was reported "human remains" had been discovered following the disappearance of Sarah Everard.

The recent events have seen women express both anger and concern for their safety, with many sharing their experiences of assault and objectification from men.

However, The Masked Singer judge Davina expressed concern over what she considered to be "fear-mongering" online.

Davina has sparked controversy with her tweet (

"Female abduction/murder is extremely rare," she told her 2.7 million followers. "Yes we should all be vigilant when out alone. But this level of fear-mongering isn't healthy.

"And men's mental health is an issue as well. Calling all men out as dangerous is bad for our sons, brothers, partners."

While her initial tweet sparked controversy, Davina continued to clarify her position.

Replying to one fan, she wrote: "I wouldn't walk home alone in the dark. And lots of men I know wouldn't either...because there are some (very few relatively) bad people out there. But your response is say you view all men as a danger and I don't think you should be spreading that message."

Davina added that it's not just women who are cautious when travelling late at night.

Davina further clarified her position (

"Men hesitate walking home in the dark too. And why should they?" she said. "Because there are bad people out there. We should all be vigilant and as parents raise good adults."

Davina's response has been deemed "disappointing" by some, who clarified that no-one is blaming "all men" for the actions of a few, but rather that women and marginalised genders are cautious around the opposite sex due to their experiences.

"We're not only talking about being murdered by a stranger," replied one woman. "We're discussing everything that contributes to a culture where that happens. everyday misogyny, catcalling, domestic abuse, victim blaming, the majority of rapists who never see court. Nobody is saying all men.

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"I think this misses this point. A woman being killed is a reminder to women of the (very real!) danger they face. Two women a week die from domestic violence, almost all women experience sexual assault or harrassment once or several times in a life. To frame that as a male mental health issue is a reach.

"Male mental health *is* an issue- and often the factors at play are from the same faulty schools of thought (women are weak and men must be strong etc) but a murdered woman and accurate coverage of risks for women isn't an attack on all men or their mental health...that's a leap."

"Female murder isn't rare," added another commentator. "Rape isn't rare. Domestic violence isn't rare. We have an epidemic of violence against women (by men) in this country and this is so unhelpful and hurtful to every women who's been abused, assaulted, harassed, beaten, raped or yes, killed."

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A third said: "I don't think people are calling all men dangerous but some are and when we're walking home alone in the dark, we can't tell which ones are and which ones aren't."

Tyla has contacted a spokesperson for Davina for comment.

The Centre of Woman's Justice has since spoken out in regards to the Sarah Everard case and the furore surrounding the tragic news.

"There are now, on average, one woman every three days who are victims of Femicide (the murder of women by men)," Director of the CWJ Harriet Wistrich said.

"The outpouring of anger and shared stories by women everywhere, reveals that most women fear male violence. That fear is based on a victim-blaming misogynistic culture and a woefully inadequate criminal justice system which provides near impunity for rapists and alarming failures in the tackling of domestic abuse.

"Whilst legislation, such as the domestic abuse bill shortly to become law is helpful, laws are only worth the paper they are written on unless there is corresponding informed understanding about the way that women are targeted by male violence and meaningful implementation of those laws."

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