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the sun has got its homophobic hat on

The Sun has outdone itself in obnoxiousness. For this week.

THERE is no greater opponent of political correctness than The Sun.

But we have to say, for once the PC brigade has a point. Sign language for the deaf that uses crude gestures for words like Jewish or Japanese can easily offend.

That said, we think our own gestures for asylum seekers, gays and the French are OK.

Two fingers to anyone who disagrees.

"Gays"? I mean, we already knew they officially hated asylum seekers and French people, but I, for one, didn't think the homophobia was an official policy (although Lord knows they don't mind when Richard Littlejohn or Gary 'Oi!' Bushell express it). You learn something new every day. Thanks, Sun writers! You pack of wankers.

Also, I love the way they have to tell their readers that racist slurs are bad, mmmmkay? Looking forward to seeing how well they follow their own advice in future....

I got the link (scroll down) from Littlejohn Watch, by the way.


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Mar. 22nd, 2004 04:48 am (UTC)

I kept thinking if living next to the U.S. got too aggravating, I could just move to the U.K. where people are saner, but...apparently not.

I'm trying to think of a crude gesture for "Jewish." Clapping one's open hand on the back of one's head, indicating a yarmulke? But that doesn't strike me as that bad. (I think I can guess the crude gesture for "Japanese.")
Mar. 22nd, 2004 04:51 am (UTC)
I can't think of it either! I'm wracking my brains for racist stereotypes, which isn't make me feel very well.

The Sun is really, really evil. I used to read it every day when I worked in the newspaper office, because we got all the papers, and it's really beyond words. Hateful, smug and willfully stupid party describes it, though.
Mar. 22nd, 2004 05:30 am (UTC)
I found this, which is ASL for Jew.
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
See, I don't see how that's offensive either, but maybe the European sign for it is different...
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
It almost certainly will be - the languages have totally different roots. A friend of mine used to do a bit of interpreting, particularly in sexual health contexts. So, I know about three words of BSL, and one of them is "cunnilingus".
Mar. 22nd, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)
If you have to know how to communicate with someone deaf, I really don't think that's a bad thing to give and receive.
Mar. 22nd, 2004 09:32 am (UTC)
At the Libertas festival last year they had someone interpreting all the talks into BSL, and some of the stuff they had to translate was apparently rather unusual. The Heretickal One was particularly amused by the poor woman who gave up and shrugged during the Victorian lesbian porn reading, when she came to the word "flat-fucking".
Mar. 22nd, 2004 04:55 am (UTC)
I support freedom of the press, but the Sun makes me re-consider sometimes....
Mar. 22nd, 2004 05:18 am (UTC)
*mutters incoherently*

Oh, really, fuck the Sun. They're a bunch of incompetent useless arseholes who couldn't write well enough to get a job with a decent paper. Or, yeah, something like that. Dominic Mohan, Littlejohn and Bushell make me particularly angry.
Mar. 22nd, 2004 05:19 am (UTC)
Also? I love your subject line :)
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:51 am (UTC)
A lot of the ASL signs are changing. I worked as an interpreter for a loooong time, and the signs for different races/cultures of people were different at the end of it all than at the beginning.
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