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100,000 sign petition for sacking of Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn over Lucy Meadows article

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  1. What a complete vindictive hateful a$$hole. Hopefully they will sack him. No time for these waste’s of life.

  2. On The Other Hand 25 Mar 2013, 12:23pm

    This is all so tragic. It reminds me of the horrific and insensitive Mail coverage of Stephen Gately’s death, as well as many homophobic articles they have produced.

    Is the editor of the Mail still in charge of the Press Complaints body? No wonder they are opposing any changes.

  3. No publicity is necessarily bad publicity. Hate to say it but the DM probably aren’t that distraught with the attention. Those who complain are hardly in their target audience demographic after all.

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Mar 2013, 12:50pm

    The homophobic editorship of the Mail won’t do a darned thing and Littlejohn won’t be sacked, believe me. If anything, they and their christo-fascist bunch will spin this as another move by the gaystapo agenda.

  5. Awful hate monger – as barbaric as the church’s witch hunters. At least these days the population are seeing these people for what they are, though they don’t seem to be able to grasp this. Hopefully they might soon see past their outrage and see that they are the unchristian criminal witch hunters. They certainly nailed poor Lucy to a cross.

  6. Alice Clark 25 Mar 2013, 1:00pm

    It’s not so much that the article was offensive. It was harmful in the extreme, and part of a much bigger picture of harassment of Lucy Meadows, and of many other trans* people who have been ‘reported’ by the DM.

  7. 25 Mar 2013, 1:08pm

    The Daily Heil and their readership are probably lapping up all the criticism heading their way because they believe they’ve achieved a result in pandering to the hate-mongers.

  8. Brett Gibson 25 Mar 2013, 1:30pm

    Signed petition! Horrible ugly bastard.

  9. Liam the God 25 Mar 2013, 1:39pm

    They kept fvcking quiet about Jimmy Saville being a nonce though, didn’t they? Double Standards from the Right: Who’d have thought it possible! *sarcasm = LOTS*

  10. 109,814
    With one from me.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Mar 2013, 1:45pm

      Me too!

    2. And me

  11. If you’re reading this, stop – go and sign the petition instead!

    I always wonder if these “Think of the children” types have ever met a child.

    Our young brains are remarkable devices for soaking up and assimilating new information. Children learn that the world is not flat but actually ball-shaped! (How surprising is that?) They learn that the Earth goes round the Sun – even though it looks like the exact opposite! They learn that some people throw away food every day, while other people die of starvation.

    I think children can cope with the information that occasionally someone has a girl’s body but feels like a boy, and occasionally someone has a boy’s body but feels like a girl.

    But understanding why sometimes people say horrible things about someone they don’t even know – that sometimes a person feels so alone and so scared that they’d rather die – that sometimes good people die young for no good reason – those are the things children actually struggle to understand.

  12. If every one of the 100,000 who have signed the petition urges everyone they know (particularly their grandparents) not to buy the Daily Fail, and they all urge everyone THEY know, perhaps Paul Dacre (editor and head of the Press Complaints Commission – how ludicrous is that for ‘self-regulation?’) will get the message when their circulation plummets. It is the ONLY way to make business like this sit up and take notice – by hitting them in the pocket.

  13. Mark Kraft 25 Mar 2013, 3:06pm

    Richard Littlejohn lives in Florida most of the time. Fortunately, I’m really good at researching public data.

    Specifically, he lives at 936 Roland Miller Drive, Vero Beach, Florida in a $1.3M mini-mansion. Trulia has all sorts of lovely pictures of the *inside* of his house, while Google shows a sporty red car with a moon roof parked in front.

    Of course, *this* doesn’t constitute a violation of privacy, because unlike Lucy Meadows, Richard Littlejohn is a newsworthy, well-recognized public figure worthy of being reported on and publicly criticized.

  14. I made myself feel better by signing the petition. Then I watched the French Police tear gassing homophobes and that was satisying too. If only that repellent turd Littlejohn had been in the crowd too…

  15. Two Australian dj’s causes such distress to a nurse in London that they played a prank on that the nurse took her own life and the press went into overdrive in condemning them.

    Richard Littlejohn writes an article with the intent of causing hurt and offence aimed at a vulnerable individual and she takes her life and the press go silent.

    Richard Littlejohn may try to hide behind the expression of a free press but clearly he has played a significant part in this poor persons demise.

    He needs to be held to account!

  16. factsandfigures 25 Mar 2013, 6:26pm

    Has anyone raised this via the ?and note 126,765 response, this would hold a debate in Parliament as the level of 100,000 is required.

  17. The petition organisers will be glad to know that Australian and New Zealand LGBT media have also picked up the story. If there is anything that we can do to help prevent the distribution of the Daily Mail in our respective countries if it continues to employ transphobic bigot demagogue Littlejohn, please contact us.

  18. I’ve signed it !

    Now up to 130,714 which is pretty encouraging.

    There’s another petition at
    which currently has 31,386 supporters (aiming to get 35,000), so both are doing quite well.

  19. He’s been taking shots at the LGBT community for years, and now he’s almost literally responsible for someone’s death.

    The fact that he wasn’t stopped before it came to this, when it was so blatantly obvious that it was just a matter of time, is proof that the corrupt Press Complaints Commission needs to be scrapped and replaced with a regulatory body that’s actually capable of regulation.

  20. Bock McMillan 25 Mar 2013, 8:12pm

    What a f-ing douche bag!

  21. The guy was stating that Mr Upton, returning as a female in the form of Ms Meadows, was probably a little too much for primary school children to contemplate. Fair enough, if he hadn’t been known beforehand as Mr Upton, but this would be too much for primary school children to take. Secondary and more emotionally matured children for sure, as this would be the age when they are introduced to the human body, sex, gender etc aswell as it’s emotional ties. I think articles like this should conceal the indentity of those involved,as in itself is no an issue of huge public interest, nobody needs to know the names of those involved, so that was wrong. But the message i personally think was correct.

    1. Nonsense ! Why should it be “too much for primary school children to take” ?

      It would only have been necessary to explain that most boys are happy to be boys and most girls are happy to be girls, but sometimes a boy believes they’re really supposed to be a girl, and vice versa. So Teacher has decided that she’s really not Nathan and she’s going to be Lucy next term.

      It really is that simple; no need to get into the birds and the bees and all that. If the adults had been adult enough to see there was no problem, so would the kids.

      Instead, the adults have stirred it up, Littlejohn and the Mail have sold a few grubby newspapers, and the kids are now far more traumatised than anyone could ever have imagined.

    2. Paulo you would know this how? We know from previous experience what you’re saying is pure rubbish. Children don’t have a problem at all, they are flexible and quickly learn new concepts. The problem is adults with their learned prejudices like you.

    3. I wonder if Mr Littlejohn is as concerned about the children’s wellfare now that their teachers are having to explain to them that their teacher ended their own life probably due to the press intrusion she had to endure, much of which he contributed to? I’ve got no doubt they are more distraught knowing of her death rather than her change of gender. This Littlejohn bloke is one of the most disgusting individuals going.

  22. The guy is a bully. The daily “maul” thinks littlejohn is cute or something? Isn’t there enough bullying in our society by school age kids that end in the same outcome? How about we teach the kids that treating people like this is simply unacceptable, instead of showing them that you can grow up and get a job abusing people. Littlejohn needs to grow a pair, own up, apologize and get some integrity. What a moron.

    1. To me, The Daily Fail represents everything I hate. It is snidey about the poor, it demonises immigrants and the LGBT community. Whenever I see anyone reading or buying a copy, I say, in a LOUD voice, “Ewww! The Daily Fail? Read by racist, homophobic bigots”. Circulation of ‘The Sun’ was badly hit by Liverpool’s boycot after the Hillsborough disaster. The LGBT community should start a similar boycot of this disgustingly nasty publication.

  23. how awful, for someone who wants to make a change and just be left alone to get on with it.

    Get rid of him ruin his life.

  24. The guy was an ass when he worked for The Sun, but that became too liberal for him.
    Calling him a bigot and expecting the Daily Mail to sack him is laughable, he is EXACTLY who they want to employ.

    His type feel no shame about this kind of thing, I doubt he was lost one moment sleep over it.

  25. soapbubblequeen 25 Mar 2013, 9:58pm

    A fat vile cu*t. I hope he gets what he deserves.

  26. Paul Cooper 26 Mar 2013, 12:06am

    After complaining about how their children are too young to understand about Ms Meadow’s change, I am curious now to know how the parents that spoke to the Daily Mail in the first place explain to their children about how their actions led to the death of their beloved teacher?

  27. the, Wooly 26 Mar 2013, 1:57am

    As tragic as this is, I don’t find the colum that offensive. The writer was simply stating an opinion. I mean these are kids; what’s next, gay sex 101? Everything in its place and time.

    1. That was opinion that was character assination. What if he spoke about you that way? You would be pretty pissed.

      1. *wasn’t* an opinion.

  28. You only have to look at the vermin this paper employs to see that he is probably in line for a promotion.

  29. The guy is a criminal, we should be petitioning for a criminal prosecution not a sacking. Just had a little chat with the local police about this, as to possible criminal charges – their take? “We dont know why she did it and if we dont know why we cant do anything about it – shame the only person we can ask is dead…”
    I’ve been abused, physically assaulted by members of the public – not to mention verbally abused, lied to by the local police. I am practically a prisoner in my home… and all we want is a sacking for people who make that sort of thing OK?!
    How many murders, assaults and the like is this going to encourage?
    Oh, and by the way, my exs 4 year old pouted for 20 minutes then accepted me (although I could have done without the daddy Jemma thing), to the point she was proudly explaining it to OAPs on the bus).

  30. james leet 5 Nov 2013, 7:43pm

    too bloody thin skinned people are nowadays. they should be minding their own business fancy making a fuss over a newspaper article

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