Peppi Azzopardi, the host of popular Maltese discussion show Xarabank, has shared a video comparing the aspects of the recent GDPR laws to ongoing discussions about abortion around Malta and Europe and the European Union’s “hypocrisy”.
“Europe is giving us the right to delete when it comes to supermarkets, delete on our gadgets – and they are also giving us the right to delete children before they are born. But what right is this? Think about it a bit,” he asks in the video.
He starts off by mentioning some main points related to GDPR in Malta, before turning to the actions of some Maltese people.
“To be honest they don’t really effect me, I enjoy these emails, they inform me of a discount or something of the sort. I just can’t understand how people can fill their Facebook, a lot of Maltese people especially, thanking Europe, when at the same time we are seeing Europe celebrating the fact that in Ireland they can kill children before they are born,” he said.
Speaking to Lovin Malta, Peppi Azzopardi said he was happy to see he was creating a discussion on these issues.
“I am a very liberal person, but I am very anti-abortion. I’m pro-legalisation of drugs, pro-prison reform, I’m in favour of people marrying two or three people if they want, I’ve been a vegetarian for 35 years – but I don’t kill people or animals nor do I have the right to kill people or animals,” he said.
“What I did was compare the EU and its involvement in our privacy matters, things like privacy on the internet, but they are not doing the same when it comes to fundamental issues like life which are more important than our privacy on the internet,” he said.
“If we believe that a woman has the right to choose because she has a right over her body, do we give her the right to choose if the baby happens to be a boy or a girl?” he asked.
“What if the mother says she wants a boy or girl, do we give her the choice? ‘Nannu always wanted a boy, so let’s give him a boy!'” he says “But then, do we delete the little girl like we delete the emails and delete the babies we don’t want?”
He said he was proud to have stood up for LGBTI rights 22 years ago, when few others did, and proud to have fought to give rights to same-sex couples to marry and have the right to start a family.
“How can I be in favour of abortion when you aren’t even giving someone the right to come into this world, let alone giving them the right to express their sexuality?”
“My liberalism goes all the way to being against abortion”
Though he disagrees with abortion, he has no regrets about campaigning in favour of Malta joining the European Union.
“If I had to go back, I would still vote for the EU as I did,” he said. “Just because I do not agree with some of the policies of the EU does not mean I do not want to be part of the EU. I feel at home in the EU, and that’s why I feel comfortable criticising it.”