Sunday, 11 July 2010

Tabloid Homophobia And Xenophobia

In a new combination of hate, tabloids attack Gay immigrants. Its a dream story for the extreme right wing press; it combines homophobia and xenophobia.

As Refugee Action said: 'The Daily Star thinks their headline 'No room for gays' is acceptable in 21st century Britain. We think not.'

The Daily Express screams 'NOW ASYLUM IF YOU'RE GAY'.
Campaigners last night warned it could mean millions might try to claim they are gay to qualify for asylum in Britain. Supreme Court judge Lord Rodger said gay people’s right to live freely must be protected.

He said: “Just as male hetero­sexuals are free to enjoy themselves playing rugby, drinking beer and talking about girls with their mates, so male homosexuals are to be free to enjoy themselves going to Kylie concerts, drinking exotically-coloured cocktails and talking about boys with their straight female mates.”

The Daily Maid screams 'Gay asylum seekers win legal battle stay in Britain'. "Supreme Court Judge says homosexual asylum seekers should be allowed to stay because 'gays must be free to enjoy Kylie concerts and cocktails'."

They also quote Migrationwatch 'This could lead to a potentially massive expansion of asylum claims as it could apply to literally millions of people around the world.
'An applicant has now only to show that he - or she - is homosexual and intends to return and live openly in one of the many countries where it is illegal to be granted asylum in the UK.'

Migrationwatch is full of such imformation as 'England is already, with Holland, the most crowded country in Europe (except Malta)'. Thats like saying England is the most landlocked country except for those who are more landlocked. And it deliberately ignores Scotland and Wales, which are far less populous.

I prefer tabloid-watch, who have covered this here

Green Left are campaigning against this, 'Strike back against homophobic, racist tabloids'. 'We condemn the disgraceful homophobic comments in the Daily Star, Daily Mail and Daily Express which attack the recent Supreme Court decision to prevent the deportation of two gay asylum seekers back to Iran and Cameroon.'

Theres a protest in London on Thursday 15th July.

There is a facebook group here.

Other boggers have covered this:
When you need someone to slag off immigration and there's a deadline looming, who you gonna call? Philip Davies!

Conservative MP Philip Davies said: “It’s a dangerous game to play to go down this line because it’s quite feasible that this could offer an ideal line of defence for someone who wants to try to avoid being kicked out of the country, whether it is true or not that they are gay."

What should we have then? Gay tests? Or should we just send these refugees back to a life of misery and hatred, just in case someone might be pretending to be gay?


Derek Wall said...

I have been minting my own non toxic tabloid stories

I probably enjoy doing this too much!

The tabloids are nasty and are probably the biggest media in the UK....hard work opposing them on their hatred of any one slightly different...

Adrian Windisch said...

I read your blog, I wondered at a link to the subsidized booze in Parliament.

Guido blogged recently that despite Bercow promising to cut that out, its still the cheapest booze in town. So expect more druck MPs.