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  • The Sun’s gay witch-hunt

    by Sunny
    18th July, 2007 at 11:16 pm    

    I saw this story mentioned in another paper (just to make it clear I don’t read The Sun) and was incensed. The Scum today has a story titled PC’s Facebook ‘spanking’ in which it has branded a Police Constable a “security risk” because he has a Facebook page where “visitors to his page are invited to ‘bite, grope, lick or spank’ him.” Half of Fleet Street is on Facebook and anyone with half a brain could explain that most users have a common application installed allowing your friends to do all manner of actions in addition to poking. One can even throw a sheep at you or chest-bump you.

    Does this constitute as a legitimate story? No, it constitutes as a witch-hunt just because the PC is homosexual. It’s frightening the extent to which tabloids will go to misrepresent anyone using blogs or social networking sites just because they have a vendetta.

    Not long ago the Daily Mail did a hatchet job on blogger (and civil servant) Owen Barder and accused him of comparing Bush to Hitler and said the blog was “sexually explicit” because he had published details of his private sex life. In fact, as Unity and Tim Worstall pointed out, they attributed comments to Barder that had actually been quoted (from other blogs) or made by readers.

    It’s become all too typical these days. Is it any surprise bloggers are suspicious of the media?

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    1. Rumbold — on 19th July, 2007 at 8:39 am  

      The non-story would only be a story if there was something that could be used to blackmail the policeman. But as he does not care who knows, what is the problem? Perhaps rather than outright homophobia, it is just sensationalism. If a heterosexual lady police officer had done the same thing, you know that it would receive similar coverage.

      To be fair to the Sun though, on the same page that Sunny links to, they provide a Bollywood Babes Cricket XI (down the left-hand side).

    2. Max — on 19th July, 2007 at 9:23 am  

      The Sun, proprieter Rupert Murdoch.
      MySpace, proprieter Rupert Murdoch.
      Facebook, proprieter not Rupert Murdoch.

      It’s not about homosexuals. It’s about trashing Facebook.

    3. Rumbold — on 19th July, 2007 at 9:35 am  

      Good point Max.

    4. Sid — on 19th July, 2007 at 10:42 am  

      oooh that’s subtle.

    5. sonia — on 19th July, 2007 at 12:04 pm  

      :-) yep

    6. Chairwoman — on 19th July, 2007 at 12:10 pm  

      How can you be outraged about something so silly, Sunny?

    7. Sid — on 19th July, 2007 at 12:30 pm  

      What’s black and red and Rupert all over?

    8. El Cid — on 19th July, 2007 at 12:46 pm  

      can’t see the rupert angle meself.
      after all, all publicity is good publicity, innit
      can’t see the point of facebook either, although i opened an account a couple of weeks ago, just to see

    9. Katy Newton — on 19th July, 2007 at 1:00 pm  

      How could knowing that a transport officer is gay possibly assist terrorists?

      “Here’s the plan. This officer is a known homosexual. I checked on Facebook. Therefore Dave will seduce him whilst we sneak past him and blow up the trains. It is foolproof. Oh, sorry, Dave, is there a problem?”

    10. Billy — on 19th July, 2007 at 1:50 pm  

      Maybe they should introduce sheep throwing onto MySpace?

    11. Rumbold — on 19th July, 2007 at 1:51 pm  

      Brilliant Katy. However, he was a transport officer; he now guards Her Majesty.

    12. Leon — on 19th July, 2007 at 2:04 pm  

      Excellent point Max, probably bang on the money too…

    13. Vladimir — on 19th July, 2007 at 2:35 pm  

      As one would do in Facebook…

      *Vladimir throws a load of Shit at the Sun*

    14. Katy Newton — on 19th July, 2007 at 2:53 pm  

      Rumbold - oh. I didn’t spot that. But I feel my point stands nonetheless.

    15. gforce — on 19th July, 2007 at 6:25 pm  

      Interestingly The Times (proprietor: R Murdoch) has also been running a Facebook scare story
      Apparently Oxford colleges have been using photos on Facebook to identify students breaking the rules, then fining them!
      I see a pattern.

    16. Robert — on 20th July, 2007 at 12:22 am  

      To be fair to the Sun though, on the same page that Sunny links to, they provide a Bollywood Babes Cricket XI

      Which also outraged me. Not one bat, or pair of pads among them.

      (Kismet, I believe I have sufficiently set up the joke for you. If you would now like to knock it for six with some suitable witticim about balls and helmets, then I would be much obliged.)

    17. bikhair — on 20th July, 2007 at 1:21 am  

      I love face book.

    18. Anas — on 20th July, 2007 at 3:07 pm  

      Why do they always target gay witches?

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