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IS Sweden’s international image as a country dedicated to tolerance and egalitarianism a mirage? Is the Scandinavian nation, in reality, a deeply bigoted place where dark-skinned people are routinely discriminated against, and where racism is seen as a bit of a laugh? Following the fiasco known as ‘cakegate’ – involving a ‘blackface’, a cake shaped as an African tribeswoman and a philistine cultural minister – some would have you believe so.
In case you haven’t already seen the shocking images from Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art where the notorious ‘racist cake’ incident happened, here’s a re-cap: The museum was celebrating World Art Day and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Swedish Artists’ National Organisation. A bunch of artists had been asked to create cakes for the event and the minister of culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, was invited to open the proceedings by cutting one of them. It was designed by a Swede of African descent who said he wanted to draw attention to the practice of female genital mutilation.
MADELEINE McCANN: She is alive. Fact. Well sort of. The Metropolitan Police have issued a photo of Madeleine McCann at age 9. Only, it’s not an actual photo. It’s a guesstimate likeness created by an artist. The Met either have no idea what happen to Madeleine McCann, or have an idea but want to use the upcoming fifth anniversary of her disappearance to support their endeavours at solving the mystery.
Also, tonight BBC will broadcast Panorama – Madeleine: The Last Hope?. Catch it tonight at t 7.30pm on BBC One.
The tabloid press all lead with this picture of Our Maddie:
The Sun (front page): “Maddie age 9 – Image show her now”
Fact!. This is her now.
THE self-serving tabloid drive to own Claire Squires, the woman who died during the London Marathon, can now be put to bed. Claire Squires’ sister Maxine Holmes says the runner was not making a “sacrifice” (Daily Mirror), looking to create a “legacy of love” (Daily Mail) nor to “make it a million” and make us proud (The Sun). Was she “inspirational“, as this site says?
“She was running it for herself as she had won a place to compete in the ballot. Then she decided at the last moment, just 10 days before it, to get sponsorship and urged people to help. That is typical Claire, she wanted to do something to help others.”
WHEN Kim Kardashian dumped Kris Humphries after 72 days of marriage, everyone howled that she was taking the sanctity of marriage and stuffing it down a promotion hole. It was cold, calculated and manipulative on a level that was so starkly bare, that the collective we couldn’t quite believe it.
However, Kim K denied it all, shrugging it all off as ‘one of those things’. It didn’t work out. It was true-love but maybe they rushed into things. She’d learned her lesson.
That is, until she courted our interest in boring amour with Kanye West. They’re helping the rumour that they’re dating each other along very nicely and reaping all that lovely publicity that comes with it. They’ve been spotted out and about together, acting like a couple and, most crucially, they’ve been seen holding hands… which as you know, is a euphemism for having filthy sex with each other.
BAD business names is gallery of, well, bad business names. Would you eat at Virgin Tandoori, Poo-Ping Palace or Fouk Yue? Would you buy your threads at titty or the Raper shop? Do you get your drinks at STD? Fo you pray at The Glory Hole?…
CLAIRE Squires died at the London Marathon. She was running to achieve a personal goal and to raise money for The Samaritans, a group her mother has helped for 24 years. Money is pouring in to Claire Squires’ Just Giving page on the internet, and the tabloids want a slice of the action.
Following yesterday’s Daily Mail report which gave readers an insight into what Squires was thinking and her motives for running – andno, it never spoke with her – the Sun leads with ” Tragic Claire: Make it £1m.”
Claire Squires name and story seems to be raising money pretty well without the Sun’s patronage. Undoubtedly media reports on her death have triggered people to pledge cash. At the time of writing £592,559.08 has been raised from 52,103 donations.
But the Sun is here to co-brand Claire Squires, just as it did with Madeleine McCanns (albeit in the guise of its dead alter ego The News of the World) and Jo Yeates, slapping up reward and wanted posters for each woman with its company logo high and handsome over their heads.
CHELSEA are through to the final of the Champions League after a thrilling match against Barcelona. Before the best photos from the match, a word to Geoff Shreeves, the Sky Sports reporter who thought it his place to break the news to Branislav Ivanovic that he’s suspended for the final. Classy. Kick a man when he’s up, Geoff. It’s what John Terry would have wanted…. (Video is here.)
NO little shock at Claire Squires’ death at the London Marathon. The 30-year-old from North Kilworth, Leicestershire died on Birdcage Walk, not far from the finishing line. Her death is the tenth since the London Marathon began in 1981.
It is not yet know why she died.
Claire Squires is on the front pages of the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and The Times.
Claire Squires was running for The Samaritans. Her mother Cilla has been involved with The Samaritans for 24 years.
So. Mrs Squires was a volunteer for the Samaritans well before her son died – Claire Squires’ older brother Grant took heroin and anti-depressants before he died aged 25 in 2001; a fact repeated in all newspapers. Yet, the Mail make the link and says Ms Squires’ run was a “legacy of love”.
The Daily Mail’s Eleanor Harding and Mark Duell (two tabloid writers for one bird in a pond?! – ed) thundered:
It looked like a major emergency – 25 firemen standing at the water’s edge assessing the life-threatening situation before them.Stranded 200ft out and struggling for survival was the victim they had come to rescue…a seagull.
And if that scenario were not ludicrous enough, there was worse to come.The firemen were then barred from going into the 3ft-deep water because it was judged to be a health and safety risk.
PERHAPS it shouldn’t be surprising that Justin Bieber is acting like a giant baby lately, what with him being a professional gyrating toddler. However, that’s exactly what he’s doing, shouting ‘NYAH NYAH N’NYAH NYAAAAH!‘ at Mariah Yeater from his twitter account.
Now, if you don’t remember who Yeater is, she’s the girl who claims to have had sex with JB after one of his shows, which of course, resulted in a baby.
And so, probably drunk off Skittles, Bieber randomly decided to throw some abuse her way and not one of his ‘people’ decided to advise him otherwise.
THE boss of Addison Lee minicabs, one John Griffin, writes in the company’s Add Lib magazine:
“These cyclist are throwing themselves onto some of the most congested spaces in the world. They leap onto vehicle which offers no protection except a plastic padded hat.”
He says the greens and bike uses are:
“…up in arms about what they see as the murder of cyclists on London roads”.
TUMBLR Site of the Day: more from The Kitten Covers is a great collection of kittens in the mode of classic pop and rocks album covers: Blondie, Leonard Cohen, Saturday Night Fever, Beastie Boys, Dr Dre, Peter Tosh, The Doors, Grace Jones, Dolly Parton and Marvin Gaye… First Part is here.
THE story of Kyron Horman is being changed online. Why are stories by the Oregonian’s Lynne Terry and Maxine Bernstein being altered well after their original publication? Why do the stories contain no notations made as to what they updated in the articles? There is no pointing out what was added or deleted.
The Oregonian seems to have become the police’s mouthpiece. Are press are embarked on a witch hunt to get Terri Horman, Kyron’s step-mother? The police sit back and watch the media tear into Terri Horman.
The Sheriff’s Office’s mouthpiece seems to be the Oregonian, in the person of Maxine Bernstein, who it appears, has rather exclusive access. She has been remarkably unequivocal in publishing whatever information she is given, without asking any particularly hard questions. Some of the articles and information published have been unquestionably ruinous to the reputations of Terri Horman andsome of her associates. Ms. Bernstein is conceivably comfortable doing this, based on First Amendment protections, and assurances that she has received solid information from the authorities.
A reader asks:
How in the hell can you report on a meeting that took place on Feb. 24, 2011 and 9 months later just add whatever or take out whatever with no notations of the updates? They are even deleting articles that were published that we read and all of sudden they no longer exist.
All good to update stories and correct errors. But in their updated copy the writers make no reference to the earlier published versions of these stories.
TOM Bower’s unauthorised biography of Simon Cowell makes it into the Sunday Times. The Sun deals with the Cowell sex and the Cowell arse – Cowell seems to view his arse as his bigeset enemy; Rupert Murdoch’s more up-market sister organ look at Cowell lifestyle and politics.
Key extracts from todays Cowell ‘n’ Tell are:
Cowell: “The best tomato sauce in the world on a pizza was Pizzaland’s in Windsor.”
Favourite meal: Cumberland sausages, mashed potatoes and Daddies sauce.
MADELEINE McCann: To those of you who want to know what the missing child looks like at age 8, the Sunday Express has front-page help. No, not the sensitive headline Our Maddie’s head – the bit about a “HOLIDAY BARGAIN BONANZA” (Portugal can be nice). The paper’s good news is that the innocent child who vanished in Portugal almost five years ago looks bright-eyed and very much alive. The headline says:
MADELEINE MCCANN AGED EIGHT, AS US EXPERTS SEE HER
Mike Parker and Gerard Couzen tells readers:
This is an age-progression picture of Madeleine McCann as she would be now, aged eight.
US experts, who work with police forces tracing missing people, created the image for the Sunday Express using FBI forensic computer techniques.
Channel 4 trailed Big Fat Gypsy Weddings by declaring it “Bigger. Fatter. Gypsier”. That wholly offensive attack on the white working classes, a group more abused than any other on the magic box (you never see a working class hero any more, just thick prats talking about vajazzles, having paternity tests, cheating benefits and berating foreigners) has been topped.
In the USA, the prejudice just got nastier, sickier and pervier as TMZ broadcasts footage of two of the MBFAGW stars brawling. The voiceover then calls all gypsies thieves.
You see, Kimmy K is going to be the president of the USA. You may scoff, but who honestly thought that, way back when, bozo quiffboy, Ronald Reagan, was going to go from acting with chimps to hovering over the button that would’ve fired the nukes at Russia? Who actually thought that the people of California would be dumb enough to vote Big Arnie in as governor?
DAY Five of the Sun’s serialisation of the book Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell by Tom Bower. As ever the Sun leads and the Daily Star and Daily Mirror follow with their own front-page mash-ups.
First to the Sun, which say on its front page: “COWELL’S £100M WAR WITH ITV.”
The Sun spots the cut above Cowell’s left eye. You might not. What is more obvious is Cowell’s unshaven face, grey highlights and short stack of chins. The inference is clear: “The ‘unauthorised‘ biography I helped the writer with but ‘in a sense’ never approved is not all true. Look. My hair is un-dyed. My face is not smeared in purified baby panda vomit. The only prick near me is that one that’s caused me a wound to my eye. Yes. I am hurt.”
He’s in control, isn’t he, the leader? He’s omnipotent? Or he might just be a randy middle-aged man with a desk and buzzer?
FLASHBACK looks at contestants in the Miss World and Miss America beauty pageants from the 30s and 40s. The concept of beauty has altered with time.
Today Cowell is on the tabloids’ front pages:
The Sun (front page): “JESSIE GAY – SIMON GAY”
One recalls the words of Simon Cowell, the ladykiller: “In this business, if you were gay it wouldn’t be a problem, would it?”
The Sun’s Jen Blackburn writes:
The Voice judge, 24, was ordered to hide the truth from fans by claiming to be merely bisexual, the unauthorised biography says. But in another book, Simon Cowell insists he is NOT gay, despite rumours.
WOMEN have loomed large in Simon Cowell’s legend this week, provoking cries of “Oh shut up!” and “I think the lady doth protest too much!” There’s talk of him bedding six women at once and a complete non-story about him fancying Dannii Minogue. However, there’s other elements to the high-waisted svengali that are much more fun to poke at.
According to a new biography about Cowell (so it must be massively true because books don’t lie), the X Factor mogul is completely and utterly mental.
Apparently, our Simon insists on having back toilet roll in his Beverly Hills mansion as well as having a feature that makes it look like he can walk on water like he’s Jesus or something.
JONATHAN Spelman, 17, is the son of Meriden MP and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman. The Rugby Football Union has banned Jonny Spelman from playing rugby until October 19 2013. You see, he took illegal drugs – anabolic steroids and a growth hormone.
He cheated. Spelman has played for England’s youth team at under 16 level. His story is in the public interest. But his wealthy mum – a government minister – didn’t want you know about it. The woman – part of a Government that thinks it’s fine for the police to read your emails without a warrant – wants her son’s misdeeds to remain secret.
SIMON Cowell is on the cover of three newspapers. The Daily Mirror leads with a question:
“An affair with Dannii, lusting after Cheryl, knifing Gary Balow…have we finally had our fill of Simon Cowell?”
No. Well, you might have. But the tabloids haven’t. The Mirror’s front-page news is a trail for a diatribe from Alison Phillips, who reads the Sun’s extracts from Tom Bower’s new book Sweet Revenge, and says Cowell lacks “integrity”, is “seedy” and “smutty”, possessed of a “mammoth conceit”, is “paralysed from forming proper relationships” and lacks honesty.
But he is good for 500 words and a pay check. Ker-ching!
TOM Bower’s biography of Simon Cowell’s sex wish list – Sweet Revenge: the Intimate Life of Simon Cowell – is being serialised in the Sun. The Sun (prop. Rupert Murdoch) has bene the virtual in-house magazine for Cowell’s X Factor for years. In American, The X Factor is broadcast on Fox (prop, R. Murdoch), which also broadcasts American Idol (one of Simon Cowell’s other talent shows). The Guardian reports that the Daily Mail thought it would get the rights to the book because the Sun would dare not repeat the allegations that Cowell had shagged his co-judge Dannii Minogue. Accordingly, the Mail’s bid for the right was lower than the Sun’s.
And then this:
Ironically, former News of the World journalists [prop. R. Murdoch] have revealed that Bower’s revelation of Cowell’s short-lived relationship with Minogue was something they had tried to publish up a couple of years ago. The story was put forward to Colin Myler, the News of the World editor, who was happy to run it, until, the former journalists said, Cowell rang News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks [prop. R. Murdoch]. The story was dropped after that call.