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[url=]Oh No the Daily Mail[/url] has attracted a record number of complaints about their reporting after Stephen Gatelys death. Jan Moir's article said Gately's death struck a blow to the "happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships". Um...being dead will tend to bring any relationship to a halt, what else can she mean? From comments like "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." it is clear what she means - his death is the end of a downward spiral caused by his gay hedonistic lifestyle. But is their any evidence for that? At all? If there is, no one else has spotted it. So this whole article starts to sound like a bigoted rant. Well done Daily Mail, keep on the message. :rolleyes:

Then there was [url=]this[/url]. Justice of the peace Keith Bardwell, of Tangipahoa Parish in Louisiana, denied racism for refusing to marry couples of different skin colour. He is clearly not racist as he has "often conducted the weddings of his black friends" and actually has "piles and piles of black friends" but he thinks it reasonable to do what he can to ensure the races do not mix. He's not racist though, he loves black people: "They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else," he said. Yes, you read that right - in an outstanding act of altruism, he lets them use his bathroom. I wonder if he can see the hypocrisy of not marrying mixed-race couples because "if I oversaw one mixed-race marriage, then I would have to continue to do it for everyone." and "I try to treat everyone equally." Aah equality, its open to interpretation. :)

Oh and not quite in the same league, but there is [url=] this [/url]. About Campaigners who want so-called "fat-ism" to be made illegal on the same grounds as race, age and religious discrimination. One campaigner, Ms Szrodecki said: "someone being beaten up should be a crime.". Well it clearly is already; highlighting religion, age, weight, height, hair colour, nose size or anything else by assigning it to a special category is surely self defeating - it encourages the use of such archaic lables. ALL assaults are serious and should be treated seriously. If a yob punches you whilst shouting "fatty" , is it somehow worse than a punch with a different shout of "four eyes", "man utd supporter", "skinny", "poof" or anything else ? I realise laws are already cover "hate crimes" for certain things...race, religion etc... but we should have less of such specifics, not more.

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  1. Bubble's Avatar
    The number of complaints received over Jan Moirs Dailymail article was somewhat distorted by Stephen Fry mobilising his large fan base by encouraging them to write in with a complaint.

    Fatism? As you rightly pointed out, a multitude of 'excuses' could be used to land a punch. Since assualt has already been an offence for a long time effective policing of the laws we already have would work wonders. I feel the real problem is the quantity of feral scum that roam around in packs looking for victims.
  2. Bubble's Avatar
    Ooh! Just noticed. Doesn't the 'feral scum' bit of my last comment make me sound just like a Dailymail columnist?
  3. Dreadful Scathe's Avatar
    I'm sure Stephen Fry did get the article more complaints but thats hardly important. It was an awful article that desrved to get complaints - and Stephen Fry did not write it, he only pointed it out.
  4. Bubble's Avatar
    Yes, I agree. The basis of the complaint is more important than the number of complaints. If the basis is stronger then more complaints ought to be generated (provided enough people hear about it!)

    Interestingly, Stephen Fry later wrote on his blog that he felt sorry for Jan Moir. Something about knowing 'just what it is like to make a monumental ass of oneself and how hard it is to find the road back' Maybe he reflected on it and thought he was in line for some bad karma.