Thu Mar 21, 2013, 08:30 PM
muriel_volestrangler (68,784 posts)
Lucy Meadows, and the tabloids that harassed her
Last December, the Mail’s talentless churnalist Richard Littlejohn observed: “Twitter is a playground for vicious trolls and cowardly cyber-bullies who can ruin people’s lives with the most vile threats and smears” – the inference being that he and his fellow pundits are people of the purest and noblest motives who would never sink to such levels.
What you will no longer see in that column, as it has been hastily removed, is The Great Man’s comments on teacher Lucy Meadows. This is because she has just taken her own life. Ms Meadows had previously been Mr Upton, and had transitioned to live as a woman. There was no public interest whatever in this, save the prurience of our wonderful free press. And the subsequent hate mail.
Hence the papers gleefully that reported this as news. Daily Mail Shock at CofE school where Mr Upton will return after Christmas as Miss Meadows. Perhaps the Anglican church is supposed to cast such people out into eternal darkness. But they did find one parent who objected.
The Sun: Sir becomes Miss” was the typically imaginative headline from Rupe’s downmarket troops. At least they talked to a grandparent who was supportive and said it was a very brave thing to do. Sadly, the attempt by local Government staff and councillors to emphasise that this was a personal and private matter went unheeded.
Worth noting that the Church of England, who help run the school, and the Conservative-led council were supportive of her. It's the tabloids that wanted to make this a national issue.
Littlejohn's article before: http://web.archive.org/web/20121221195332/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2251347/Nathan-Uptons-wrong-body--hes-wrong-job.html
and after (they redirect it, so that the 'wrong job' doesn't show in the URL either): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2251347/Forgive-I-stifle-yawn-blanket-coverage-BBC-s-local-difficulty-Jimmy-Savile.html
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Thu Mar 21, 2013, 09:00 PM
Smilo (1,895 posts)
1. The courage that it must have taken for Lucy
to become who she truly was and the long road she must have traveled - rest in peace little Lucy. If there is a God, may he hold you in the palm of one hand while he smites that bastard Littlejohn with the other.