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Julie Burchill’s Tannoy trannies and the Guardian trolls

WHEN the Observer erased Julie Burchill’s article on transsexuals, the paper’s editor John Mulholland, apologising for “the hurt and offence caused“. Alan Rusbridger, Mulholland’s boss, went further, passing the buck with the tweet, “It’s actually an Observer piece.”

Marko Attila Hoare considers the ensuing media shitstorm:

Vile, bigoted and hateful as Burchill’s article was, it was actually the least shocking element in this whole sorry story, which reveals the full extent of the moral degeneration of the British chattering classes. Much more shocking was the fact that one of our leading liberal newspapers would publish hate-speech directed against a vulnerable and widely persecuted minority. Not only did The Observer commission Burchill to write the piece in the full knowledge of what she was likely to say, it allegedly encouraged her to make the article more extreme and offensive than she might otherwise have done, in order to provoke a greater storm and increase its own viewing figures.

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Posted: 29th, January 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)


How the Guardian works: Alan Rusbridger passes the buck on Julie Burchill

HOW the Guardian newspaper works. Observer editor John Mulholland’s weak decision to censor an article by Julie Burchill reached the attention of Alan Rusbridger, the editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media. Having deemed the piece by the riling journalistic firebrand fit for publication, the Observer saw a few comments calling it offensive, and erased it. So much for sticking up for your writers. So much for free speech.

But what did the man in charge, the editor-in-chief do an outraged readers told him about the article? He tweeted:

It’s actually an Observer piece.

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Posted: 23rd, January 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


Observer editor John Mulholland displays typical male cowardice in the Julie Burchill transsexual Twitstorm

A MEDIA row. The media love them. It began when Suzanne Moore wrote for the New Statesman beneath the headline “Seeing red: the power of female anger”. Her article included the throwaway line:

“We are angry with ourselves for not being happier, not being loved properly and not having the ideal body shape – that of a Brazilian transsexual.”

It turned out that Brazilian transsexuals are often abused

 On the last Transgender Day of Remembrance, out of the 265 reported cases of murdered trans people between 15th November 2011 and 14th November 2012, 126 of them were from Brazil.

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Posted: 14th, January 2013 | In: Reviews | Comments (8)


Julie Burchill: Unchosen: The Memoirs of a Philosemite

 A WHILE back I (along with others) received an email from the divine goddess Julie Burchill. She was seeking my financial support for a book she wants to publish called Unchosen: The Memoirs of a Philosemite – about her adoration of the Jewish race. She had signed up to a crowd-funding publishing outfit called Unbound – if an author can find enough loot via backers (ie interested readers with cash) to sponsor their book, then they, too, will find themselves between covers.

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Posted: 22nd, November 2012 | In: Books | Comments (7)


Julie Burchill Leaves The Independent WIth A Swipe At Jemima Khan and Johann Hari

JULIE Burchill has left the Independent.

Her final piece ends:

Give the people what they want, goes the old line, and that day is here at last for me and the vast majority of Independent readers as I write my final column. I leave you with a light heart, well aware that it’s time for me to move over. So I will now concentrate mainly on learning Hebrew and writing my memoir of philo-Semitism UNCHOSEN, with supplementary activity based around lunching, lazing and loafing. And the occasional foray into journalism, of course – I’d miss my trolls too much if I retired.

L’hitraot! as we say in Israel – be seeing you!

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Posted: 9th, November 2011 | In: Reviews | Comments (3)