The Daily Mail: Playground bigotry

27/01/2011 at 1:20 pm (Gay)


The Daily Mail is renowned for disturbing articles that champion the most appalling bigotry. From race to sexuality (and so much more in between), the newspaper provides half-arsed reactionary comment to reflect a narrow view. In doing so, generates a massive amount of traffic to its site, purely on the strength of bilious features from the likes of Jan Moir and more recently Melanie Phillips.

The Daily Mail is one of those papers that enjoys this controversy because of the traffic. It never thinks, it never questions. It’s a machine. A business. That’s all it is, and it will continue to spew its vile generalisations. That’s unlikely to change any time soon, and it’s so hard to ignore. The good thing about these articles is that it fires a discussion. It certainly makes people blink in disbelief that there are those who actually believe in these attitudes.

I have a rule – If The Daily Mail doesn’t like what you’re doing, you’re probably doing it right.

But this is Britain. I don’t really have much to complain about on a personal level to be perfectly frank. I’m very, very lucky.   Yes, hate crime does happen here  and things are far from perfect. There is a general feeling that although the tide is turning, there is still so much to do. The attitudes of rags such as The Daily Mail certainly do not help, but it is little more than a mosquito, puncturing the skin to irritate.

Globally, there’s a real fight going on.  The news of the death of David Kato, Ugandan gay rights activist, really brings the issue into sharp focus. It’s terrifying what’s happening in the world today. Heated debate and capital punishment still surround what is fundamentally about what people do consentingly in their private lives.

So to The Daily Mail, Melanie Phillips and all those bizarre creations of Middle England bigotry, you’re nothing. There are far bigger monsters out there than you could hope to be. I pay you no mind.

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2 Comments

  1. Adam M said,

    There will always be a voice for hate. The voice of the Daily Mail is for me particularly worrying as it is marketed as a family newspaper promoting family values and in turn influencing the young and impressionable.

    • peacockpete said,

      That is a concern, granted. I do have faith in those parents with a bit more savvy to educate kids about bigotry and fairness. It is true that The Daily Mail influences certain parents that influence their children.

      I do believe there are more people in the former category than the latter.

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