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Call for apology over 'homophobic' Miranda Devine column

Call for apology over 'homophobic' Miranda Devine column

LAST UPDATED // Saturday, 10 May 2014 12:37 Written by // Ron Hughes

A 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


Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

Comments (1)

  • richard ryan

    11 May 2014 at 07:44 |
    Miranda Devine? who cares?


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