As noted in these pages before, the Daily Mail has a tendency towards hateful homophobia. But the cartoon reproduced in the New Statesman (I wouldn’t want to link direct to Littlejohn - the less traffic he gets the better, in my mind, and I don’t want to pollute my Tumblr with his execrable filth) really takes the biscuit. Horrific. I don’t want to put the cartoon on this blog - but go and see.
a report by the Media Standards Trust
Here’s the blurb:
In parts of the British press foreign coverage has fallen by almost 40% since 1979, now making up only just over a tenth of stories in the paper. In an increasingly globalised world how can this decline be explained? Does it matter? Is a new foreign news ecology emerging?
This report, the first of its kind on foreign reporting in the UK press, analyses how coverage of the world had changed over the last 30 years in four UK national newspapers, and explores what implications this has for how we get our foreign news in the future.
This is well worth a read. Stark and well put-together piece of research.
A few well-written blogs have sprung up to attack Jan Moir’s homophobic attack on the recently-deceased Stephen Gately. So good, in fact, that they can be forgiven for being on Blogspot not Tumblr…
Charlie Brooker has also written a piece about it, to be published in Monday’s Guardian. Can’t wait to hear what he has to say about it all!
I’ll retweet some other comments as well. One of them contains some very foul language though - you have been warned.
This is 2009, isn’t it? When we’re all tolerant and homosexuality is acceptable? Thought so.
Except, it seems, at the Daily Mail, where Jan Moir has, in this article (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1220756/Why-natural-Stephen-Gatelys-death.html), more than implied that Stephen Gateley’s death was the result of his homosexuality. Here is her conclusion (which I can barely bring myself to copy-and-paste):
"It is important that the truth comes out about the exact circumstances of his strange and lonely death.
As a gay rights champion, I am sure he would want to set an example to any impressionable young men who may want to emulate what they might see as his glamorous routine.
For once again, under the carapace of glittering, hedonistic celebrity, the ooze of a very different and more dangerous lifestyle has seeped out for all to see.”
"The ooze of a very different and more dangerous lifestyle" - which is being gay, right? So, heterosexual people never go clubbing and drinking? And heterosexual people never bring someone back with them after a night out? No, argues Jan Moir - it’s only gay people. And, if you are an impressionable young man who is gay, or thinking of being gay, you will die - so Jan Moir thinks anyway.
How is it possible for someone to even think this, let alone publish it?
The other day the Guardian wrote about the gender stereotyping in Boots’ toy department. This is an issue that I have been aware of...