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Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw blasts One Direction fans over ‘homophobic death threats’

  • Jones

    These teenage girls are astounding. Why do they feel the need to torment people just to gain the feeling of satisfaction that they are supporting their idols? These girls will most likely never get recognised by their idols but they feel they are compelled to ‘stand up for them’.

    I want to see a prosecution for these people who think that just because it’s online it doesn’t mean anything. If you said that in the street you’d be arrested so let it begin now. Maybe we’ll see what support their idol gives them when they’re put behind bars.

    • http://www.bloketoys.co.uk/ BlokeToys.co.uk

      There have been instances of criminal actions against adults who send racist and threatening tweets. Remember the Welsh student?

      It seems that there needs to be a small target, and a baying mob of a few thousand people demanding action before the police bother to look into it.

      It’s concerning to see our laws being implemented in this way, through mob justice rather than actual upholding of the law.

      • Jones

        Law applies to everyone in any place and just because death threats happen online and not in the street, does not mean they should be ignored. The British government needs to investigate and legislate for crimes that happen online because at the moment it’s not working and people are getting away with it. We can’t allow it to keep happening.

        • http://www.bloketoys.co.uk/ BlokeToys.co.uk

          I agree. My main gripe is that it seems that action is only taken and the law only upheld when there is enough of an outcry by the public. It seems that in instances where a drunk student says something racist, and thousands of people start attacking them back, reports are made to police, and the law is upheld.
          But, as we can see in instances like this one, there is not a big enough media and public outcry, so the police just pretend it didn’t happen.

          What we need is legislation brought forward which requires Facebook, Twitter and other companies to comply with law in this country. If someone makes a death threat, or uses hate speech in a communication through their system, it should be able to be reported as such, and the user either banned immediately, or reported to the police for further action, depending on the severity of the communication.

          Think about this in a real world scenario… if someone sent you a letter with this kind of abuse and threat, the police would be called, it would be investigated, and those responsible for those threats arrested and charged.

          The internet has made it far easier to make such threats, but also far easier to track down the culprit. There should be time and money spent on eradicating this kind of behavior and making examples of those who do it. This should start by forcing these companies to take responsibility for the things their users say and do.

  • Jesus_Mohammed

    If Grimshaw and his Radio 1 team invite listeners to debate such negative “matters” as “which celebrities are more annoying than New Zealand singer Lorde” (a nasty and loaded topic in itself), then he’s asking for negativity and nastiness and I have no sympathy for Grimshaw and his team. If they must initiate discussion amongst listeners they should initiate discussion on topics which are not negative and injurious to other people.

    • Andy Millan

      There is no excuse for homophobic hate, no matter what the reason the haters think they may have. This is not the first time 1D fans have done this sort of thing. If 1D themselves do not speak out and condemn their fans for this kind of hate then it will keep happening.

    • http://www.bloketoys.co.uk/ BlokeToys.co.uk

      Yes, because death threats and homophobic abuse (hate speech) are a reasonable response to someone making a joke…

      We’ve seen this plenty of times already, 1D fans are almost radicalized in their support for the group, with parents completely unaware that their 12 year old kids are hurling abuse at adults who crack a joke at their idols.

      I think it’s about time some of the more vociferous of these little demon spawn were paid a visit by some boys in blue, and their parents warned that they will be held accountable for their kids actions and behaviour.

      If I had said these kinds of things to an adult in the street when I was their age, there would have been consequences. There should be consequences for them now.

      Obviously Twitter is doing absolutely nothing to prevent this kind of attack, surprise surprise, so I think the law should apply to these little monsters instead.

  • Jase

    If Law Enforcement ever decided to prosecute people issuing death threats on Twitter, over 50% of the 14-19 year old girls in the USA and UK would be in prison right now.

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