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Daily Mail defends transphobic Richard Littlejohn column despite criticism by Lucy Meadows’ coroner

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  1. Did we really expect anything else from this vile excuse for a ‘news’ paper?

    As for Littlejohn saying the wellbeing of this children would have been affected, that is complete and utter rubbish.

    When Lucy returned to school, all they needed to be told was that they would now have a new teacher. As kids, they are resilient and would not have have questioned anything more.

    1. This chip-wrapper and its bigotry reminds me of a school bully. It derives pleasure from hurting others. It’s readership are those in the playground who hide behind the bully and laugh hyterically at his jokes and his violence. I just hope all those who read the coroner’s criticism feel totally ashamed of themselves because, like it or not, they have blood on their hands.

    2. Womandrogyne 29 May 2013, 3:46pm

      They didn’t have a new teacher – all they needed to be told was “She’s now Lucy.” End of story (and in fact, the kids were fine with it). Children generally don’t bat an eyelid, unless they’ve been carefully educated by adults to react prejudicially.

      1. I am aware that they didn’t have a new teacher.

        But for the ease of simplicity, surely that would have been an easier way for the children to understand? Being the ages that the children were, they would not understand the complexities of the whole issue.

        1. Gene in L.A. 29 May 2013, 6:57pm

          Children at that age either notice things and ask questions about them or they don’t notice at all. Questions can be answered. Wringing of hands over the poor little dears’ ability to handle something calls more attention to it than the tykes were likely to have given it themselves.

        2. Trans people are actually only confusing to people who have been trained to either think they don’t exist or think that they are inherently immoral.

          It isn’t a complex issue unless adults make it one (like by making up an elaborate lie to explain why their “new teacher” looks exactly like their “old teacher”).

  2. Emily Dodge 29 May 2013, 11:58am

    The Mail defending Richard Littlejohn ….. who would have thought it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. The Hate Mail live off the misery of others, this news is not news at all.

    They appeal to the blood thirsty baying crowd eager to see a thumbs down. Just read the comments to see the type of readers they have.

  4. “We’re not transphobic, but its disgusting ”

    In the words of Dr Evil, “Rigggght”

  5. Jock S. Trap 29 May 2013, 12:15pm

    The daily mail would defend… it’s only intent is to be homophobic and transphobic.

    Fact is Richard Littlejohn and the Daily Mail started the national witch-hunt against Ms Meadows that most contributed to her death.

    The vile column was both inaccurate and totally un-necessary. All it proved was the ignorance of adult and nothing to do with children at all.

    The newspaper should hang their heads in shame.

    Yet again the mail has blood of the innocent on it’s hands.

  6. As I’ve said before this “newspaper” fans the flames of people’s prejudices and is an utterly loathsome publication.

    It always has been the paper of choice for the far right racists, homophobes and misogynists. Now you can add transphobic too.

    1. I read the mail all the time , and love the comments at the end of the articles. The stupidity and the ignorance, makes me laugh, out load. I think it is an excellent learning medium , of how not to be.

      1. Usually on the comments section there’s somebody under the username of “Kevin, taxpayer and UKIP voter trapped in the EUSSR” or something similar.

        (Apologies to anyone named Kevin, I was only using it as an example).

  7. They would hardly accept the criticism, now would they .. defending it as ‘free speech’? This is a VILE publication, appealing to the bigotry of an ever-aging readership. One can only hope it soon bigots itself into oblivion…. anlong with those who read it.

  8. Mumbo Jumbo 29 May 2013, 1:34pm

    “…..defended the rights of people to have sex change operations but echoed some parents’ concerns…..”


    “….but the Daily Mail always has and always will be the voice of bigots….”

  9. “Richard Littlejohn’s column…echoed some parents’ concerns about whether it was right to for children to have to confront such complex gender problems at such a vulnerable young age.”

    Utter cr*p! I once taught in a school that had an intersex child and that child was certainly allowed to attend school with no idiotic comments about how ‘the other children wouldn’t be able to cope’.

    Children CAN cope very well, and often the younger they are, the more accepting they are if they’re given a simple, age-appropriate explanation.

    Yet another pathetic ‘but think of the children’ explanation to hide the bigotry of some adults.

    1. Midnighter 29 May 2013, 2:25pm

      Quite right, Iris. It is not uncommon in my experience to deal with those who have reared a child and who automatically assumes they are thus experts. It doesn’t take much to see that those of us who have been involved in educating and working with literally thousands of children in an objective setting have a wider statistical sample of what works and what doesn’t – never mind any formal pedagogical qualifications – and know full well that he’s talking out of his rear.

    2. The ultra-conservative right always hide behind children, it’s nothing new but with this story it’s reached new depths.

      “Children CAN cope very well, and often the younger they are, the more accepting they are if they’re given a simple, age-appropriate explanation.”

      I completely agree, I know from the experience of friends who are parents that children who are taught about diversity generally tend to grow up to be more tolerant. Unfortunately the Mail and it’s readers see this as “PC brainwashing”, nearly every week there’s a story about “political correctness” in the education system.

  10. Steph Sermon 29 May 2013, 2:17pm

    No-one seems, yet, to have pointed out the disgusting fact that Littlejohn went out of his way to use gender-inappropriate pronouns when referring to poor Lucy.

    The man should be sacked and arrested for transphobic hate crime.

    1. Midnighter 29 May 2013, 2:27pm

      Quite right. That one fact in itself belies the belated and superficial attempt to claim any sort of empathy or impartiality.

  11. Womandrogyne 29 May 2013, 3:43pm

    Simply telling children “Some men become women, some women become men, some people are both or neither, it’s no big deal” doesn’t in any way take away their “innocence” – it merely takes away their ignorance, which is what education is for anyway.

  12. This biggot has always been a vile excuse for a human being. As for the mail, I think it is mainly read by the right wing Christian biggots and the blue rinse brigade. I doubt if too many young people read it. Hopefully not anyway.

  13. He’s a fetid piece of crap. Everything he writes proves it. We should use that as an opportunity to expose him for what he really is. Every time he vents hate he needs to be held to account. The brands that pay for advertising in the Daily Heil don’t want that associated with them.

  14. The man with no shame.

  15. Nothing out of the ordinary for the Daily Mail, or Littlejohn. But under the guise of a “free media”, the haters press ahead with their vilification of minorities, proving the point that Karl Marx made in the 1840’s that Britain would never truly have a free press whilst right wing oligarchs controlled the overwhelming majority of titles.

    I am also concerned at some of the rubbish that other media have spouted in recent months. A recent contributor to a radio forum suggested that Britain’s community radio stations were putting out “car-crash” radio of embarrassing if not illegal material demonising minorities. PinkNews reported that the Radio Asian Fever station in Leeds was disciplined by regulator Ofcom for allowing an Islamist extremist to preach anti-gay hatred on the air.

    In 2009, in Bristol, Ujima Radio was similarly disciplined for allowing a black supremacist to spout anti-gay hatred. Same person now appears on anothe channel BCFM. How can this be allowed?

  16. We can’t do that much against these dreadful people. Please NEVER be tempted to buy this newspaper. Take time to explain to your friends why you don’t like it. Explain to them especially if they kind and nice people. Tell them how vile Littlejohn is. Stay calm and dignified and put these people out of business.

  17. Colin (London) 2 Jun 2013, 1:10pm

    Sad reflection of UK’s media. It so needs a fit for purpose update.

  18. Small children have no problem about variation in race, sex, sexuality, gender, religion, you name it. But screwed-up adults want to inculcate them with their own fears and hang-ups and are terrified of their not adopting their twisted view of the world. The ‘vulnerability’ of children is in fact just the possibility that they might not grow up to echo some parents’ madness. And filth like the ‘Mail’ promotes these sick fears to sell copy.

  19. This journalist as well as this newspaper have blood on their hands. They have caused death!!! Why has this not gone unpunished?

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