Barred Savage Calls for British Boycott
Savage, Phelps lash out at UK's hate speech penalty
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2009 3:39 AM CDT
Radio talk show host Michael Savage is barred from entering the the United Kingdom for what the government describes as fostering extremism or hatred.    (AP Photo/John Storey, File)
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(Newser) – Right-wing radio mouth Michael Savage has branded British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith a "witch" and urged his listeners yesterday to boycott the country's products and cancel trips to Britain, the Daily Telegraph reports. "I suggest you stop buying English made goods," fumed Savage, who has been barred from the country for spreading views likely to incite violence, according to officials. "I don't know what they make any more but I suggest you don't buy any."

Smith—whom Savage has vowed to sue—defended the decision to put him on the list of banned extremists. "Coming to the UK is a privilege and I refuse to extend that privilege to individuals who abuse our standards and values to undermine our way of life," she said. The website of the other American on the list, Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, labeled Smith a "neo-Nazi dyke" and a "filthy God-hater" for accusing the preacher of spreading hate speech.