Owen Glenn changes mind, decides to support violence against women

Owen Glenn has been forced to withdraw his application to be a White Ribbon ambassador after he failed to declare his support for anti-women violence on his application sheet.

Owen Glenn has been forced to withdraw his application to be a White Ribbon ambassador after he failed to declare his support for anti-women violence on his application sheet.

Millionaire philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn has withdrawn his bid to be an ambassador for the White Ribbon campaign to stop violence against women, saying he has had a profound change of heart and can no longer in good conscience support their cause.

“It has been a personal ambition of mine for some time now to become an advocate for the White Ribbon cause,” said Glenn in a statement. “But in recent months, I must confess that I have had a personal awakening on the issue of violence against women, and I can no longer say, with honesty, that I am against it.”

He added that he had personally contacted the White Ribbon Committee and asked them to withdraw his application for ambassadorship.

Glenn has been facing criticism and intense scrutiny in recent days after the committee found that he had failed to declare his position in favour of beating women on his application form.

Committee chairman Peter Boshier said that this had complicated Glenn’s bid.

“What we said to Owen was ‘Look, this isn’t going to disqualify you in and of itself, but you’ve got to be upfront with us about it,’” he said. “Not declaring it makes it look like he’s got something to hide.”

Glenn clarified today that he was not in favour of violence against all women, but rather just women that pissed him off.

“Obviously we can’t go around beating all women,” he said.

Despite the mishandling of his application, Boshier said he was disappointed by Glenn’s decision, though he respected the reasons for which he made it.

“What we’ve told Owen is that he’s always welcome to come back to us if he changes his mind,” said Boshier. “And even if he doesn’t, I’m sure we can still make some arrangement for him. We try not to judge people based on their personal beliefs, so we certainly don’t think he couldn’t be an ambassador for us.”

But friends of Glenn say he has already given up on his White Ribbon aspirations, and is instead putting together an application to become an ambassador for the Black Ribbon campaign in favour of testicular cancer.