By Simon Farnsworth
Is there anything more annoying than the Daily Mail shouting poison from atop the moral high ground?
Whilst the majority of us can see the Mail for the scaremongering, devils rag that it is, the influence they have in manufacturing hate towards trivial things is truly terrifying.
Earlier this week the Daily Mail deemed Channel 4′s “sick” Big Fat Quiz of the Year to be front page news all because Ofcom, at the time, had received 10 complaints.
The show was watched by 3.1m people, so that means only 0.0003225806451612903% (and yes that is the correct percentage) of the viewer’s felt compelled to complain over the show. Is that really front page news with all that is happening in the world?
The number of complaints made now stands at over 160. This rise comes solely from the manufactured anger that the Mail has tried to create over the post-watershed comedy show.
The article lambasted the show for offensive jokes made AFTER the watershed but then repeated the ‘offensive’ jokes in their very own pages. Hypocrisy if every I have seen it.
The show was harmless. Jokes were made in keeping with the show’s style. It was far from newsworthy. It was defiantly not worthy of a front page on a national newspaper. If you were offended by it then it is simple, turn over, there was no benefit stealing immigrant holding a gun to your head demanding you watch it. It’s your choice.
The Mail can argue all they like that shows like the Big Fat Quiz of the Year damage society but what of their own publication? A publication that published an article on the death of Stephen Gately that received over 25,000 complaints. I would argue that this is “sick”, far more so than Jack Whitehall and James Corden cracking open a bottle of wine and making a joke or two about the Queen.
Despite dying from natural causes the article by Jan Moir contained such lines as “the circumstances surrounding his death are more than a little sleazy” and Gately’s death “strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships.”
Moir argued that “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.” Well, they do.
The article was perfectly summed up by Charlie Brooker who labelled it a “gratuitous piece of gay-bashing.”
So how can the Daily Mail continue to spout such atrocious poison about trivial things, like the Big Fat Quiz of the Year, but still justify such vileness to be published?
Is gay-bashing OK but post-watershed comedy shows not? Maybe if they had done an Abu Qatada joke then all would have been forgiven.