Why I love the Daily Mail, as distilled into one story.

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"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."

Undertones? No.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

Also I just wanted to say that civil marriages can be problematic because people in them can DIE. Of being gay.

stet, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's good to save articles like this to compare and contrast with the Daily Mail's upcoming "Evil Sick Bigots Who Celebrate the Death of Our Greatest Ever Prime Minister" piece.

Music should never have changed anymore after my mid 80s (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Looking forward to a full scale "everyone's picking on me" whine in tomorrows Mail.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

Fiver says it's "J'Accuse the Gay Mafia"

Music should never have changed anymore after my mid 80s (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

There'll be agendas and possibly even political correctness. Bonus marks if cancer and/or health and safety make appearances.

stet, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

first time i've seen this:

http://www.qwghlm.co.uk/toys/dailymail/

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

IS THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT CHEATING MIDDLE BRITAIN?

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

ARE ASYLUM SEEKERS GIVING HOUSE PRICES CANCER?

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

COULD THE BBC SCROUNGE OFF YOUR DAUGHTERS?

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

ARE GYPSIES GIVING YOUR PENSION DIABETES?

Obscured by clowns (NickB), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

HAVE GYPSIES KILLED YOU?

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

^^^ yuo can tell these are made up because they actually make some kind of sense, unlike real DM articles...

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

COULD ASYLUM SEEKERS GIVE COMMON SENSE AND DECENCY DIABETES?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

COULD THE UNEMPLOYED HAVE SEX WITH DRIVERS?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

HAVE THE POLES STOLEN FROM CLIFF RICHARD?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

WILL RIP-OFF BRITAIN GIVE MIDDLE BRITAIN DIABETES?

So, if there's nothing homophobic about this, it's gonna be a bummer to turn up at work on Monday morning and find half of the under 30s we work with dead, innit?

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Friday, 16 October 2009 18:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

WILL CHAVS INFECT THE CHURCH WITH AIDS?

fisherspwner (braveclub), Friday, 16 October 2009 19:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

ARE GAYS TURNING YOUR MORTGAGE GAY?

if, Friday, 16 October 2009 23:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

COULD YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL RUIN HARD WORKING FAMILIES?

was my best one!

I see what this is (Local Garda), Saturday, 17 October 2009 11:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

IS THE HOUSE PRICE CRASH HAVING SEX WITH COMMON SENSE AND DECENCY?

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Saturday, 17 October 2009 11:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

I love the comments in the JavaScript that generates the headlines:

new Noun("russell brand",3,1),     // FIXME: Delete when latest moral panic is over

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

haha the funniest results from this are ones that end in 'swans"

Great Scott! It's Molecular Man. (Ste), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

WILL JACQUI SMITH HAVE SEX WITH YOU?

FFS I hope not...

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

(Went w/ the Grauniad instead. Dustin Hoffman can wait.)

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

HAS RUSSELL BRAND IMPREGNATED BRITAIN'S SWANS?

I believe the answer is 'probably'.

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

COULD ALISTAIR DARLING INFECT PENSIONERS WITH AIDS?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

COULD THE GERMANS MAKE YOUR DAUGHTERS IMPOTENT?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

COULD LESBIANS STEAL THE IDENTITY OF YOUR PETS?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

HAVE HOODIES TURNED THE QUEEN GAY?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

HAVE THE POLES DESTROYED CLIFF RICHARD?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

That one can't be pinned on the Poles.

Neil S, Saturday, 17 October 2009 14:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

Depends what you mean by poles.

Music should never have changed anymore after my mid 80s (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 17 October 2009 15:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

lol...poles

I see what this is (Local Garda), Saturday, 17 October 2009 15:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

polls

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Saturday, 17 October 2009 15:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

Okay, assuming for a moment you've never seen a Daily Mail headline generator before - can't we talk about the succesful internet campaign that has resulted in a bunch of advertisers pulling their money? Or that the cops are apparently looking into it under hatred laws? Or that at the very least this might be the end of her career (hopefully)?

dowd, Saturday, 17 October 2009 22:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

i think the #dailymail debate is covered in as much depth as is necessary on twitter. not that this wasn't a repulsive article, but you have to be pretty wet behind the ears to think this is the daily mail going "too far" for the first time.

but yes, "successful internet campaign". finally notice is taken of white males aged 18-45. i'd hate to be the next guy stephen fry retweets criticism of on a friday afternoon.

caek, Sunday, 18 October 2009 06:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

ARE THE UNIONS DEFRAUDING BRITAIN'S SWANS?

caek, Sunday, 18 October 2009 06:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

Umm, I don't think it will be the end of the paper. She should get fired though.

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Sunday, 18 October 2009 09:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

i still find richard littlejohn way way way more offensive than jan moir could ever hope to be, and his particular brand of homophobia much worse and more insidious. wish people would go after him on a similar scale.

lex pretend, Sunday, 18 October 2009 09:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

I don't think cops apparently looking into this under hatred laws is something to be pleased about at all:
(1) the article might be stupid, but it shouldn't be a crime; and
(2) I'd quite like the police to just do their job, rather than responding to orchestrated pressure. It's not a good thing just because for once the mob is on 'our' side.

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 18 October 2009 10:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

If the police go after Moir, do they also get to go after anyone printing supportive comments on the Mail website? The whole article, starting with the incredibly WTF statement that healthy 33-year-old men don't just climb into their beds and don't wake up, and then suggesting that only gay men commit suicide over the break-up of their relationships (if indeed Kevin McGee's suicide was anything whatsoever, even tangentially-related, to do with his sexuality) is screamingly wrong and offensive to everyone with depression, undetected heart conditions or teh gayness, but what's worse is that it seems to be speaking for a number of people and not just for her trying to sell papers.

And, yes, The Mob should go after Littlejohn next. Am surprised he's still in a job after than "prostitutes deserve to get murdered" piece.

ailsa, Sunday, 18 October 2009 10:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8314577.stm

The Press Complaints Commission says it will ask the Daily Mail to respond to complaints about a column it ran on the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.

The PCC said it had received more than 21,000 complaints since its publication on 16 October - the most ever made about a single newspaper article.

Mark G, Monday, 19 October 2009 15:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

enjoying the irony of this being a classic DM style witch hunt, tbh. except totally and utterly deserved.

Des Leppilen (darraghmac), Monday, 19 October 2009 15:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

Marks & Spencer asked the newspaper to move an advertisement which appeared alongside the online version of the article, stating that it "does not tolerate any form of discrimination".

Mark G, Monday, 19 October 2009 15:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

I always love when an organ like the Daily Mail prints an article no more offensive than usual and is suddenly buried in outrage.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Monday, 19 October 2009 16:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

I find the cynical responses to the Twitter campaign baffling. So because a paper is reliably vile, when it prints a particularly unpleasant piece people should just shrug and ignore it? No - even if she was just unlucky enough to be a lightning rod for general disgust with the Mail, she deserved it and there's nothing wrong with right-wing hatemongers getting a taste of their own medicine from time to time. It's not as if private tut-tutting will ever get the Mail's attention.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Monday, 19 October 2009 17:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

DV my theory as to why this one got traction is because it wasn't couched in the sober, reasoned manner that the real classics of DM psychopathy usually are, i.e. "if one sits down and thinks about it, deportation procedures really are the only answer to our pressing problem of the lack of resources within britain"

Tracer Hand, Monday, 19 October 2009 17:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Is Jimmy Carr the new Jonathan Ross?

James Mitchell, Monday, 26 October 2009 12:06 (5 years ago) Permalink


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