Moir: over 1000 complain; Mail admits pulling ads


6:10 pm - October 16th 2009

by Chris Barnyard    


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The Press Complaints Commission has received over 1000 complaints today over Jan Moir’s article in the Daily Mail.

She has released a statement through the PR firm Brown LLoyd James blaming an “orchestrated campaign” and denied her article was homophobic or bigoted.

New Media Age magazine today confirmed that Daily Mail Online had indeed pulled ads from her article.

They reported James Bromley, Mail Online MD, as saying:

We removed the advertising within minutes of the article being published as we saw the strong reaction This is done frequently and by other newspapers. For example, we wouldn’t want a mobile phone ad next to an article about mobile phone masts.

The Press Complaints Commission admitted that their website had slowed down tremendously because of the huge backlash to the article.

Times journalist Caitlin Moran tweeted a tongue-in-cheek message saying: “Jan Moir better pray she never needs another hair cut or interior design job again.”

Full statement by Jan Moir (via Ian Burrell)

Some people, particularly in the gay community, have been upset by my article about the sad death of Boyzone member Stephen Gately. This was never my intention. Stephen, as I pointed out in the article was a charming and sweet man who entertained millions.

However, the point of my column-which, I wonder how many of the people complaining have fully read – was to suggest that, in my honest opinion, his death raises many unanswered questions. That was all.

Yes, anyone can die at anytime of anything. However, it seems unlikely to me that what took place in the hours immediately preceding Gately’s death – out all evening at a nightclub, taking illegal substances, bringing a stranger back to the flat, getting intimate with that stranger – did not have a bearing on his death. At the very least, it could have exacerbated an underlying medical condition.

The entire matter of his sudden death seemed to have been handled with undue haste when lessons could have been learned. On this subject, one very important point. When I wrote that ‘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’, I was referring to the drugs and the casual invitation extended to a stranger. Not to the fact of his homosexuality.

In writing that ‘it strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships’ I was suggesting that civil partnerships – the introduction of which I am on the record in supporting – have proved just to be as problematic as marriages.

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.”

More at Journalism.co.uk

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1. Louis Mazzini

“In what is clearly a heavily orchestrated internet campaign”

Not content with dancing on Stephen Gately’s grave, Jan Moir does the same on satire’s resting place.

2. the a&e charge nurse

Ahh, is poor Jan claiming that she has been misunderstood?

It even sounds like a note of paranoia in her feeble rebuttal – hell, even the Fails readership are slagging her off – surely we can’t all be wrong?

‘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.”

Overtones might be more accurate.

Quite a stunningly bare-faced rebuttal from Moir, really, isn’t it…? No attempt to apologise for what she knew was inflammatory. Heck, that might just have even salvaged a tiny iota of respect from me in some capacity.

Her article was sick, and her excuses weak. I hope she loses the Mail ad revenue, brings the PCC spotlight onto the Mail in full force, and raises awareness of tabloid discrimination yet again.

Reading her weasel words is painful.

brings the PCC spotlight onto the Mail in full force

What does a full-force PCC spotlight look like exactly? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnS49c9KZw8

I wasn’t saying he died because he was gay! I was saying he died because he was a promiscuous drug-using gay!

In writing that ‘it strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships’ I was suggesting that civil partnerships – the introduction of which I am on the record in supporting – have proved just to be as problematic as marriages.

Blinking hades, that’s unconvincing.

The whole thing’s feeble. What the hell’s wrong with homophobes these days? In the good old days, she’d have met the criticism head-on with some thunder about sodomites being struck down for their wicked peversions. That would have been honest on her part, and more entertaining for me to read, instead of all this snide innuendo followed by cowardly backpedalling.

I don’t understand the fuss. Of course it’s bigotted and unpleasant but it’s the Daily Mail for God’s sake. This is what it’s for. By their standards it’s relatively benign. The last gay man to get good press in the Daily Hitler was Portillo.

You should read the comments if you’ve not already, I know that Sim-O has them saved over at his as JPEGS.

It boggles the mind…


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