Friday, 25 February 2011

Richard Littlejohn Watch: The Subject Was Faggots

Faggots And Peas, Sir - No Offence!
"The former Mayor of Dudley has been accused of offensive behaviour after referring to ‘faggots’ in an email.
"Councillor Pat Martin was simply discussing his favourite childhood food with a friend.
"For the uninitiated, faggots is a dish of meatballs in gravy, popular in the Midlands and the North.
"But it was flagged up by American software used by the council to screen out ‘offensive’ words. In the U.S., ‘faggots’ is slang for homosexuals.
"I hadn’t realised this kind of software was common, otherwise I’d never have ordered a pouffe from Ikea online."

Richard Littlejohn in the Daily Mail today.

Ace blogger Angry Mob points out;
"Just a couple of small points Richard, Councillor Pat Martin was not accused of offensive behaviour by anyone, the email simply bounced back because of an automatic word filter – it was a decision made by computer software which is not programmed to be offended or to make accusations. Secondly, ‘councillor Pat Martin’ is also sometimes known by her full name: Patricia Martin.
"Perhaps Richard was thrown by the way that the local press covered the story: ‘Faggots email cooks up IT storm’, but if he had made it past the typically hyperbolic (and plain nonsense) headline he would have realised that the email had generated precisely zero fuss. He also might have noticed the photo of Patricia Martin staring back at him as well.
"I think it should be mandatory to end any blog post about Richard Littlejohn’s serial laziness and incompetence with the fact that he earns nearly one million pounds a year."

Agreed. I think it should be mandatory to end any blog post about Richard Littlejohn with the fact that he's a right-wing cunt.

• Here's the great Gil Scott-Heron's very strange 1970 song 'The Subject Was Faggots'.

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