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Jan Moir - please feel free....
Sparky
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...to jump out of a high window at the earliest opportunity. The world will be a lot better place without your vileness.

I had a lot to do today, but I feel rather diverted now by outrage. Gah, homophobes please stop for a bit? I need to catch up!

Jan Moir, for those blessed not to know, is a columnist with the Daily Mail. That should already tell you she's a person who should be arrested for wasting good air. But she manages to excell herself by being more tasteless and more repellent than even that paper normally manages.

As we probably all know, Stephen Gately, the openly gay Boyzone star, recently and tragically died at the age of 33 of pulmonary oedema. All reports point to it being a completely natural, but tragic death

Here is a link to the comment she has just written about Stephen Gately's death. I'd warn against reading if you have high blood pressure or if there's anything fragile on your computer desk.


The original title was: "Why there was nothing 'natural' about Stephen Gately's death." Yeah, I see what you did there! The title alone raised my blood pressure. The title was dropped (though they forgot to edit the side bar. Arse-covering bigots have little attention to detail) in the outrage storm. However, the article remains in all its vile glory


Really, most of it needs no comment - it's just so obviously awful and bigoted nothing I can add will really matter - but let's draw out some of the most repellent excerpts

fans know to expect the unexpected of their heroes - particularly if those idols live a life that is shadowed by dark appetites or fractured by private vice.

And she refers to Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson who, yes, were known to have tragic vices and troubled lives.

Stephen Gately? Not so much. Oh but he was GAY. Is that a dark appetite or private vice, Ms Moir?

Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again.

Really Dr. Moir? Oh wait, you’re not a doctor. In which case please help yourself to a big cup of STFU and stop showing your ignorance. Yes, amazingly enough, 33 year olds CAN die suddenly, naturally and unexpectedly as any half way competent doctor can tell you.

After a night of clubbing, Cowles and Gately took a young Bulgarian man back to their apartment. It is not disrespectful to assume that a game of canasta with 25-year-old Georgi Dochev was not what was on the cards.

Or, to remove the homophobic spin, after a night clubbing, Cowles and Gately took someone back to their hotel with them. Y’know I’ve invited my own friends back home and back to hotels we me. Male, female, straight and gay.

Of course, being a gay man I simply MUST have been having orgiastic sex with them. Gods forbid that we actually have platonic male friends. Everyone knows we’re all fucking like bunnies the minute you take your eyes off us.

Another real sadness about Gately's death is that it strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships.

I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you over your bigotry. It does WHAT?! A young gay man dies suddenly and that indicates WHAT about civil partnerships exactly?! Even if he were having affairs and threesomes left right and centre, how the hell does this say ANYTHING about civil partnerships except to mistress bigot here?

Should we judge straight marriages the same way? ZOMG this heterosexual died young! This proves it! THERE IS NO HAPPY-EVER-AFTER IN HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGES EVAH!!!!

It is repellent that this was even given the slightest credibility in any paper - even one as vile and repugnant as the Daily Mail. Jan Moir is unfit to be a columnist or a commentator - how can someone so divorced from reality and so steeped in hatred possibly comment intelligently on anything?<a href=

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Maybe repenting and being a pure ol' Daily mail reader will save our lives?

Dear ghods, what a bigoted, STUPID bitch.

And that's the kindest way to describe this creature!

so, what - Kevin McGee's suicide, and Steven Gateley's untimely death from natural causes mean that all homosexuals are "like George Michael" and civil unions are not like hetro marriages? Seeing as yesterday their headline was 'why do so many marriages end up in the murder courts' maybe that's a good thing - dear Christ, what is wrong with these people??

But but but you see they're GAY and have both DIED so clearly that's what we should believe! Can't you see the logical connection?

Well logical leap?

Uhhh illogical leap?

Um, completely mystifying and boggling plummet that is not even remotely related to reality?

Personally I want to drug test them. It's the ONLY explanation

Apparently the article has made the Press Complaint's Commission system crash ...

The Guardian's also reporting on the furore. So far most of the comments indicate absolute disgust - even on the Daily Mail site. In fact one of the few ones that doesn't indicates that the writer's not read anything about Mr Gateley's death; saying he'd put money on drogs being involved.

< Sigh >

Still the reaction is making me feel slightly better about humanity.

I joined the masses complaining and the site was down for a long time. M&S also demanded their adverts be removed. Oh there was a storm of fury on this one - very heartening to see.

Have you caught her reply about the public outrage?
"In what is clearly a heavily orchestrated internet campaign I think it is mischievous in the extreme to suggest that my article has homophobic and bigoted undertones."

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Undertones? Undertones?!

Edited at 2009-10-16 06:24 pm (UTC)

I read that and gaped. Her only weay to save this was a gfrovelling apology

I'm with Stephen Fry - UNDERTONES?

What undertones?! It's blatant and hit-you-in-the-face OBVIOUS for crying out loud! Saying her article has undertones of homophobia is like saying the Bible has undertones of Christianity!

I can only imagine what this idiot would have made of a high school classmate of mine, who keeled over dead at age 19 of a congenital heart condition. Clearly he must have had some nasty little secret as well.

Clearly since Not!Dr. Moir knows that young people don't die like that! He must have been gay or have some other sleaziness...

Gods she makes my skin crawl

Not to try to restore your faith in humanity (desire for profit yes, just doing the right thing, meh) but Marks & Sparks (among others)have asked to have their ads pulled from this mess, at least according to The Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/oct/16/stephen-gately-jan-moir-complaints

Isn't Stephen Fry just the coolest?

On the whole I'll admit I don't at this point care if people learn to do the right thing or learn to fake thinking/doing the right thing otherwise they'll lose money/jobs/their humanity membership card. Just do the right thing once in awhile.

My faith in humanity could always do with building up

The response to the article was heartening. So many people outraged, so much quick, vibrant action was wonderful to see


And Stephen Fry rocked like a rocking thing

It'd be nicely unique to see the right thing once in a while!

there are a colelction of great satires of the whole thing out there :) makes me smile

I just can't come up with a coherent response to this. Luckily Charlie Brooker has done it for me in the Gaurdian.

His response was bang on. It was one of those articles where you can just say "this" because it summed it up perfectly

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