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Daily Mail Writer Pens Homophobic Screed About Stephen Gately


Jan Moir, a columnist for the right-leaning British paper Daily Mail, has penned a disgusting homophobic opinion column about late Boyzone star Stephen Gately, whose sudden death over the weekend was announced to be the result of natural causes.

Moir Moir has come under fire for using the occasion of Gately's death to slam the gay "lifestyle" and the "happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships". Writes Moir:

"Something is terribly wrong with the way this incident has been shaped and spun into nothing more than an unfortunate mishap on a holiday weekend, like a broken teacup in the rented cottage. Consider the way it has been largely reported, as if Gately had gently keeled over at the age of 90 in the grounds of the Bide-a-Wee rest home while hoeing the sweet pea patch. The sugar coating on this fatality is so saccharine-thick that it obscures whatever bitter truth lies beneath. Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again. Whatever the cause of death is, it is not, by any yardstick, a natural one. Let us be absolutely clear about this. All that has been established so far is that Stephen Gately was not murdered. And I think if we are going to be honest, we would have to admit that the circumstances surrounding his death are more than a little sleazy. After a night of clubbing, Cowles and Gately took a young Bulgarian man back to their apartment. It is not disrespectful to assume that a game of canasta with 25-year-old Georgi Dochev was not what was on the cards. Cowles and Dochev went to the bedroom together while Stephen remained alone in the living room. What happened before they parted is known only to the two men still alive. What happened afterwards is anyone's guess."

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  1. Anyone who is the slightest bit influenced by this archaic diatribe probably was never much of a gay rights supporter to begin with. But it is rather telling that she has rabidly jumped to so many conclusions. This is a really hateful article. Jesus.

    Posted by: Yogchick | Oct 16, 2009 6:11:35 PM

  2. So, should we use Anna Nicole Smith as an example of why heterosexuality is so bankrupt? How about Kurt Cobain? The list could go on and on. Also, she drawing her conclusions from assumptions and rumors--she has really dubious reporting skills.

    Posted by: Daniel | Oct 16, 2009 6:13:34 PM

  3. @ Daniel: I think a part of the problem is that there are so few openly gay celebrities so that when something like this happens, rightly or wrongly, the event and the person involved come to represent an entire demographic. Twice in 30 days a British gay celebrity has died and many people are assuming Gately died under suspicious circumstances because the autopsy results are so vague. I mean, what does "natural causes" mean exactly? I have to say, I'm dissatisfied with the official story which only gives room for nasty speculation.

    Posted by: Yogchick | Oct 16, 2009 6:18:57 PM

  4. I'd guess the majority of people in Ireland would view the opinion of a right-wing British tabloid as worth 'less than nothing.'

    If Ms. Moir's intention was to influence the debate on civil partnerships going on in Dublin, I don't think anyone there will take her seriously. Ireland will have civil unions by the end of the year whether the English Tories like it or not.

    Posted by: John | Oct 16, 2009 6:34:35 PM

  5. How lovely that the only person who agrees 110% with Jan Moir, also does CRAZY-CAPS.

    I've been following the Daily Mail's homophobia for some years, and have published a chapter on it in a book I wrote, after analysing hundreds of its articles on homosexuality. Based on my analysis, this is the list of 10 "rules" that the Daily Mail journalists have to adhere to if they are to write about homosexuals. Jan Moir managed to get most of them...

    1) Gay relationships don't last
    2) Gay is not a proper identity, it's just filthy sex
    3) Being gay will lead to crime and violence
    4) Being gay is something to be ashamed about
    5) Beware - many gay people hide their gayness for some reason - making them liars and morally dubious
    6) Despite (5) many gay people are "obvious" and/or "shameless" so they won't shut up about being gay - and we don't want to know!
    7) Gay people are promiscuous
    8) Gay people are everywhere - they are many and they are strong
    9) They want to infect your children with their ways
    10) They are strident, loud and militant. They will never stop demanding "rights" they don't deserve.

    Posted by: Lubin Odana | Oct 16, 2009 6:36:03 PM

  6. I think SANDRA may be sending her post via a teletype machine, because in the time her views come from there are no computers.

    I still find it scary and disgusting that some (supposedly) gay men buy into the straight crap that's meant to keep them in their place. Sad. Think, people. We used to have to do that on our own, but now that some people accept us, it's apparently OK to go through life unconscious, just swallowing homophobia and spitting it back up.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Oct 16, 2009 6:45:48 PM

  7. I think SANDRA may be sending her post via a teletype machine, because in the time her views come from there are no computers.

    I still find it scary and disgusting that some (supposedly) gay men buy into the straight crap that's meant to keep them in their place. Sad. Think, people. We used to have to do that on our own, but now that some people accept us, it's apparently OK to go through life unconscious, just swallowing homophobia and spitting it back up.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Oct 16, 2009 6:45:48 PM

  8. I think SANDRA may be sending her post via a teletype machine, because in the time her views come from there are no computers.

    I still find it scary and disgusting that some (supposedly) gay men buy into the straight crap that's meant to keep them in their place. Sad. Think, people. We used to have to do that on our own, but now that some people accept us, it's apparently OK to go through life unconscious, just swallowing homophobia and spitting it back up.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Oct 16, 2009 6:45:48 PM

  9. @ JT This article had nothing to do with the British press being anti-Irish (the Daily Mail actually has a successful Irish edition), it is pure homphobia on the part of the Daily Mail.

    Posted by: Leo | Oct 16, 2009 6:49:15 PM

  10. Tracy Turnblad is a whore.

    Having said that, there is a club near my house called the Green Door. It is for straight couple (mostly married) to go have sex with strangers. I am sure there are drugs involved often AND it's open very late. In my opinion, it's icky. But, do I think straights shouldn't be allowed to marry because of places like the Green Door? No.

    Gay unions will probably mirror straight ones to a T. There will be happy 50yrs ones and messy adultery filled divorces. I don't see how anyone can think Gays will make anymore of a mockery of marriage that straights already have.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Oct 16, 2009 7:09:23 PM

  11. When I was 14 (early 1980s), my mother's cousin died in a car accident. From the hushed conversations that the adults didn't know I overheard, I was eventually able to piece together that he died returning from seeing a mistress or female one-night-stand. It turned out that he and his wife had an understanding that on Friday nights, she would stay home with their young children while he could go out and "play around."

    This was around the same year when I discovered that two friends of my mom's, a straight married couple with young children, would occasionally bring in another woman for a three way.

    The point is: many couples, including straight legally married couples, work out different parameters to their relationships. And if those paramters are safe and consensual to everyone concerned, it's no one else's business.

    Lots of people (including a lot of LGBT people) say that if gay people want to get married, they should ACT married, which is code for monogamy. And don't get me wrong, monogamy works for quite a lot of them. But one nice advantage to being gay is that in having to re-invent our relationships, we're allowed to figure out what works for ourselves. Strict monogamy? Non-monogamy only in the context of 3-ways when both partners are present? Don't Ask, Don't Tell but only when one parter is out of town? Other approaches?

    A marriage license or civil union imposes certain rights and responsibilities regarding caring for one another and being responsible for each other. But the civil documents (separate from any religious dogma, which no longer has no legal weight) say nothing about monogamy, 3-ways, and the like. If straight couples can work out different arrangements -- and they can, and do -- gay couples should be able to as well.

    Posted by: Kevin | Oct 16, 2009 7:35:46 PM

  12. "When we (gay people) ask to enter the same relationships as striaght people (i.e. marriage, civil partnership) we should be willing to be held at the same standard. Maybe what we want is affirmative action -- where we are judged by a different standard?"

    She put out the bait, and you took it, James: pure internalized homophobia. Straight couples are held to no standard. None. Any straight couple can marry, no questions asked. Straight couples can be unfaithful, invite any number of extras into the relationship, die in natural and unnatural circumstances--still, no questions asked. Straight celebrity marriages that end tragically never make anyone call into question whether straight couples should or shouldn't be allowed to marry. That is the double standard, James. The idea that any self-respecting gay person could not see the homophobic leap in logic she makes is mind-boggling. Whatever happened inside Stephen Gately's relationship--and certainly she doesn't know--should have no impact on whether gay people deserve basic human rights.

    And, Sandra, darling, you don't sound any more intelligent when you use ALL CAPS, quite the contrary.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 16, 2009 8:21:07 PM

  13. The only country that has legalized both same-sex marriage and polygamous marriage is South Africa.

    And has it changed the fabric of society forever?

    Not in the slightest.

    Marriages might be important to individual parties involved in them. But as an institution, it simply isn't that important a vehicle for social change. Economic changes are far more wide reaching.

    And what has happened is both the religious nuts and progressives have been suckered into caring a lot more about this than they should by the very people who stand to profit most from it. Simply being gay or anti-gay is a multi-billion dollar industry in this country. Talk about paying top rate for low skilled workers.

    So, yes, it should be legalized. But it also should not come at the expense of everything else that needs fixing. The system of governance in America needs a major renovation in general. California's spectacular voter-approved implosion is ample proof of that. The Golden Dream has gone from being one of the world's largest economies to the verge of being labelled a failed state.

    Posted by: John | Oct 16, 2009 8:44:40 PM

  14. SANDRA is just today's fucking moron. Sandra, you puke faced bitch, shut your piehole.

    Posted by: KevinCA | Oct 16, 2009 9:38:07 PM

  15. Alright, Leo. I'll take that into account.

    Posted by: JT | Oct 17, 2009 1:55:03 AM

  16. why adding more guilt on Andy's shoulders? Why adding humiliation to pain ? Why inflicting more suffering on Stephen's family? This article made me sick and I complained to British Press watchdog. Andy and Stephen were famous, were in love and had the life , the needs and the journey every lambda citizens have. They decided to share that with someone else that night? So what? Big deal. What disgusts me even more are the comments from the certain persons here , from our own community. That make me sad, but I 'm not surprised. I wanted to watch on skynews his funeral today but it was way too sad for me. Stephen was a beautiful person and his husband Andy loved him very much. all my thoughts are going to him and stephen's family. There will always be people who want to inflict pain because they don't know how to react about other people lifestyle. It's part of the deal in life I guess....

    Posted by: seb london | Oct 17, 2009 7:13:35 AM

  17. How ignorant - Everyone on here should boycott the Mail - even if she gets sacked still boycott it because her ignorant, insensitive editors agreed to it. For the record I am 100% hetrosexual and know people who were like me and HAVE died in their sleep for no reason. This woman has no heart and will do anything to get her name in lights . Please boycott this ghastly paper

    Posted by: Neil Tovey | Oct 17, 2009 7:23:31 AM

  18. @ sandra, Shut the fuck up and get lost you piece of filth. go and bash somewhere else...

    Posted by: seb london | Oct 17, 2009 12:25:59 PM

  19. How dare anyone agree with what has been said in this article. Have you lost your mind? did some of you become forensic expert overnight? He died of natural causes , alright? What he did , it's nobody fucking business. Stephen 's dead, his parents and his husband are devastated and the world lost a beautiful soul , why some of you wants to inflict more pain that the one existing already. Nobody drinks here? Nobody fucks? everyone is so fucking perfect? I don't think so. So shove your judgemental attitude up your ass and let people grief in peace!!!

    Posted by: seb london | Oct 17, 2009 12:32:54 PM

  20. I would implore everyone to read this article by Charlie Brooker to discover why Moir's rant has disgusted so many people.

    Will people here -you YOGCHICK - stop implying that its all a bit fishy. He died of natural causes - pulmonary oedema probably caused by a heart attack. Exactly the same thing happened to the brother of someone i used to work with - he was in his late 20s. apparently 12 people a week (in the UK) die from undiagnosed heart conditions so shut up already about it being all so suspicious. This is nothing to do with him being gay fer gods sake.

    Posted by: atheist | Oct 17, 2009 2:02:47 PM

  21. I agree 110% with moir's article, and i will shut my pie-hole if you shut your ass-hole, i am entitled to my opinions and no one can change that,AND I MAKE NO APOLOGY FOR THAT

    Posted by: sandra | Oct 17, 2009 6:37:17 PM

  22. His objectionable 'life-style' had more to do with his wealth and fame than homosexuality. There are PLENTY of heterosexual 'celebrities' in the arts, sports, business, politics, who lead what she would find objectionable life-styles.

    Why does she stereotype all homosexuals over the 'wild' life-styles of a few, when she doesn't do like-wise regarding heterosexuals over the life-styles of a few?

    She's a classic fucking bigot.

    Ironically, EVERYONE regardless of their station in life, described Mr. Gately as an exceptionally nice, decent man. That's FAR MORE important than what this nasty bitch is yapping about.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Oct 17, 2009 7:14:35 PM

  23. Dear Sandra,

    Please, continue sharing your pie hole filling with us, and we'll share our asshole fillings with you.

    Your rights are our rights. Thank you for that clarification.

    Anyway, I've noticed that the strabge fascination that people have about the homosexual lifestyle is what often causes them to spout nonsense like Jan Moir. Some secret part of them is excited and aroused, but they are suppressing it so much that shit comes out of the wrong hole.

    Posted by: Zaihan Kariyani | Oct 17, 2009 9:06:17 PM

  24. Poor, Sandy. It's a stretch to consider agreeing "110%" with someone an "opinion." Opinions involving formulating words into comprehensible original thoughts, and clearly you haven't mastered that art yet. But you have learned to type, more or less, and you have discovered the ALL CAPS KEY on the keyboard, so congratulations on your progress!

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 18, 2009 12:48:15 AM

  25. Fat, fucking twat.

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 18, 2009 4:39:23 AM

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