Monday, October 19, 2009

Homophobic newspaper column sparks outrage

Singer and actor, Stephen Gately, died Oct. 10, aged 33, while vacationing on the Spanish island of Mallorca. An autopsy found he had died of natural causes from pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs.

AP reports:
(London) Britain’s press watchdog said Monday it had received a record 21,000 complaints about a newspaper column on the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately after critics used Twitter to brand the article homophobic and insensitive.

Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir wrote in a column Friday that Gately’s death was “not, by any yardstick, a natural one” and said he died in “sleazy” circumstances, She noted that Gately, who came out publicly as gay in 1999, had been to a bar and invited a young Bulgarian man back to his apartment the night before he died. Moir concluded that “under the carapace of glittering, hedonistic celebrity, the ooze of a very different and more dangerous lifestyle has seeped out for all to see.”

Anger at the column swept social networking site Twitter soon after Moir’s piece appeared on the paper’s Web site. Actor Stephen Fry urged his 860,000 Twitter followers to contact the Press Complaints Commission. Other prominent Tweeters followed suit, and provided links to the commission’s Web site. Advertisers including retail chain Marks and Spencer asked to have their ads removed from the Mail Web page carrying Moir’s column. READ MORE

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