This was a silly, shallow article which belittles Joey Barton and gay issues in football. So much for the Leveson report!
I have just read the article and it just sounds like sarcasm of a very low intelligence.
He thinks it’s funny that no footballers will come out as gay so is suggesting this guy as he has a history of violence.
It doesn’t read to me like he is seriously suggesting the guy is gay at all.
A shame it has been given so much publicity as the “journalist” is probably laughing himself to sleep tonight.
Sadly your last comment is probably spot on. The Mail and its contributors (like you I think ‘journalist’ is overstating the matter) really do scrape the bottom of the barrel sometimes.
I don’t think Joey Barton is saying that the article does this – he is clearly frustrated with the snide, sneering content given that he isn’t gay
Martin Samuel is part of the problem NOT part of the solution!!!!
What do we really expect from a right-wing rag like the Daily Fail? The idea that anyone takes anything they write seriously always amazes me. I long for the day when these rags are just an embarrassing memory.
It’s the comments section that frightens me more than the stories, the amount of posters on there who want to return to the days when gay people had virtually no rights is astounding.
I agree it’s quite worrying, but those idiots are in their own little club of knuckle-dragging fellow retards. They don’t preach the same ignorant views in real life unless they are surrounded by the same kinds of people. They’re like the racist who has a black friend, they say that’s okay because they know them and it’s different. The truth is they’re just so stupid they can’t see their own hypocrisy. These rags and the attitudes of their scummy readers will die out one day ;)
Hopefully they will die out, it’s the fact that most of these people don’t preach these narrow-minded views in real life that is most concerning I think. History has shown how hidden bitterness and resentment can have dire consequences. What is so hypocritical about these people is the way they whine about how “political correctness is destroying freedom of speech” when they don’t really care about freedom at all, at least at least not for everybody. The average rabid Mailite is merely complaining about their so-called right to persecute being taken away.
Because they have been caught out previously being so openly nasty to gay people (for example Stephen Gately) they are now trying to goade those who are straight but allies to the gay community to deny they are gay – and then be accused of homophobia.
The Mail just can’t bear it that there are ordinary people out there (such as a rough and tumble, sometimes violent, often unsubtle footballer) who are just relaxed about gays existing and getting on with their lives just as they do – and prepared to say so.
Perhaps the Mail should listen to Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said: “By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.” – of course Bonhoeffer was murdered by the Nazis – who the Daily Mail’s proprietor Lord Rothermere praised in the 1930s.
I hope he does sue. Cam-moron is too spineless to reform the press, this will throw an unwelcome (for them) spotlight on the obnoxious attitudes of the right wing press.
Seems like Joey Barton isn’t that great a hero to the gays in the UK as they may think. Yes, the Daily Mail article is being sarcastic but there seems to be a double meaning the author is implying that Joey Barton could be gay. And Joey Barton seems offended by that. Also, this website points out Joey Barton is married to a woman and has children. So what? Tons of closeted gay men get married and have kids. Joey Barton threatening to sue he sounds like Tom Cruise who is a closeted gay and extremely litigious. Why doesn’t Joey Barton just move on and it will blow over.
Martin Samuel is using homophobia to bully Joey Barton!
“The IQ of a mob is the IQ of its dumbest member divided by the number of mobsters” – Terry Pratchett, putting it beautifully….
Could have very easily been writing about The Mail and it’s journalists instead though…
The Mail’s article would appear to also be breaking several points of the NUJ’s Code of Conduct http://media.gn.apc.org/nujcode.html
Yet again, The Mail proves conclusively that it is all the things it would have its ageing readership believe of gay people. The only way to stop this kind of pathetic, insulting garbage is to belittle The Mail to anyone you know who reads it. Personally, whenever I encounter anyone reading or buying a copy, I ask how long they have been xenophobic, homophobic, rascist bigots?
This was a clever piece of homophobic copy! Joey B was picked as he is so obviously heterosexual and not privy to this mythical better treatment if he were gay…Akin to the old ‘if you want to get extra state help pretend to be of ethnic origin other than English’ for instance…