Stop chortling at the back, will you. This is true, I assure you. You'll remember way back when that the Mail was a steadfast defender of East European sensibilities, entirely coincidentally bashing the BBC at the same time; well now, a newspaper which regularly prints schoolboy gaybashing bollocks from Richard Littlejohn is pretending to give a shit about gay people's feelings, entirely coincidentally now that the Beeb have been accused of offence.
Aha, but wait. They don't seem pissed off that the BBC have offended gay people at all; no, their beef is with the 'offensive' qualities of the broadcast, rather than any homophobic connotations (which are presumably all right). But look whose comments are utterly invaluable to the Mail when it's all in a good cause (ie slagging off the BBC):
Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell branded the remarks by Jeremy and Spoony ‘gratuitously sexist and homophobic’.
He said: ‘The BBC should have never broadcast them and should issue a public apology.
What's amusing is that the Mail haven't exactly left LiLo alone themselves, having once famously written an entire story about the actress and Samantha Ronson playing a game of fucking Scrabble and describing them as 'lesbian lovers' as if we couldn't work out for ourfuckingselves that two women who are lovers are therefore lesbians.
And I'm sure if Tatchell had said the same about Littledick's pathetic ramblings, the Mail would have been only too happy to print it. Commenter Dan in Essex sums up my feelings rather nicely:
I didn't think Spoony was funny but this is the kind of joke that if made by Bernard Manning and it was complained about, you would all be screaming about PC gone mad.
They would indeed. But then you have to remember that the Mail doesn't actually have morals - sure, it pretends to, when it wants to whip up its readers into a frenzy of indignation and shock at the evils of the internet, or young people, or whatever. But deep down it couldn't give a shit, so long as it pursues its various little agendas. They might not particularly like gay people (and a lot of their readers certainly don't) but the bigger issue is slagging off the Beeb, so the story gets written.