Call for apology over 'homophobic' Miranda Devine column
A change.org petition has been launched demanding Paul Whittaker, editor of The Daily Telegraph, apologise to the LGBTI community over the content of a recent article by columnist Miranda Devine.
Devine's column "NRL bosses are totally gay" commented on the recent suspension of young Wests Tigers player Mitchell Moses for using a homophobic slur against Queensland opponent Luke Bateman in contravention of the NRL's anti-vilification policy.
In her article, Devine accused the NRL of "Paying obeisance to homo-fascism", being caught up in an "illiberal modern day crusade to hunt down homophobes" and suggested "someone at NRL headquarters is on drugs."
She maintained Moses was innocent because she believed he was using 'gay' to mean "lame, or dumb or stupid" rather than homosexual.
"Bateman isn’t even homosexual. What more evidence do you need that Mitchell didn’t say “gay” as a homophobic slur? " she wrote.
Chris Arontsen started up the petition for an apology, saying Devine's column "contains homophobic abuse and villifies the gay community."
"[The column] promotes the use of 'gay' as a derogatory term by denying the term is derogatory. It villifies those who defend themselves against such abuse by labelling them 'homofascists'." Arontsen said.
"It is not appropriate for a mainstream newspaper to publish homophobic abuse [...] To normalise and minimise abuse is to encourage and promote abuse."
To read Devine's column in full click HERE
The petition for Whittaker to issue an apology can be found HERE