Jan Moir – spiteful and bitter.

Posted: October 23, 2009 in General
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So, after a week of being vilified and roasted by various publications and the general public, Jan Moir arrives at her usual weekly column in the Daily Mail. Does she take the chance to apologise fully for her article and perhaps go some way to righting the wrongs of that article? Does she acknowledge that what she wrote was spiteful, hurtful and hateful? Or does she make an excuse and write about how everything she said has been misconstrued, misinterpreted and generally not what she meant?

Guess.

The only apology in the article is that to the close family and friends of Mr Gately for the insensitive timing of the piece. Nothing about the offence caused, or the untruths contained in it. Ms Moir tries to defend her “unnatural death” comments by saying it referred to him dying at an age she considered too young to die, rather than it being about the cause of his death. Which goes absolutely no way whatsoever to explaining her “33 year olds don’t just fall asleep on a sofa and never wake up” comment. She fails to address any of the accusations of homophobia, instead stating that she would say the same for a heterosexual person. Where’s your article on Jade Goody, Ms. Moir? Oh yes, that’s right…you felt it necessary to point out that Jade Goody’s mother was a “one-armed lesbian”. But you never felt compelled to mention that Ms. Goody’s lifestyle was surely to blame for her death. She may not have been the brightest tool in the block, but I tell you one thing: She was STILL a better person than you, Ms. Moir.

“Absolutely none of this had anything to do with his sexuality”.

Then why bring it up at all? Why mention the affairs of George Michael? Why then compare his death to that of another openly gay person in Kevin McGee? Why try to connect these two deaths because of sexuality, when both deaths were completely unconnected in any way, shape or form? Why bring up the supposed myth of same-sex marriages?

“What I meant by ‘nothing natural’ was that the natural duration of his life had been tragically shortened in a way that was shocking and out of the ordinary. Certainly, his death was unusual enough for a coroner to become involved.”

Coroners are involved when a death is unexpected, but unexpected does not equal unusual. It is their duty to order a post-mortem where necessary and in this case, the post-mortem found natural cause of death, therefore no inquiry (which is the next step) was required. I’m sure if you would like to make an objection about Mr Gately’s death they would hold an inquiry just for your benefit, exhume the body, perform a new post-mortem, and deliver the same verdict. All whilst upsetting more and more people. you really need to learn how processes work before commenting on them, that’s what being a journalist is all about.

“Yet as the torrent of abuse continued, most of it anonymous, I also had thousands of supportive emails from readers and well-wishers, many of whom described themselves as ‘the silent majority’. The outcry was not as one-sided as many imagine.”

So where were all these supportive people? Were they the type that say “I like what you said but I won’t defend it publicly because I’ll get slaughtered for it”? The vast majority of the reactions, wherever I turned, were of disgust. And yes, we all did read your article, thanks to the wonders of being able to see it on the internet. There was no orchestrated campaign, just a mass feeling that your article was in massively bad taste, which of course it was.

So we have an initial article that was homophobic and hateful, and a follow-up that does absolutely nothing to dispel those feelings, and indeed all this did was reiterate the points that Ms. Moir was trying to make in the first place. The world awaits your real apology, my dear..

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