Jan Moir: Mail readers reject her hateful bile (probably)
Update According to Google, at 2.45pm, Jan Moir is the 42nd most popular search in the last hour. The Mail must be loving the traffic they are getting. So, why don't you try contacting the advertisers on that page to let them know what you think of their brand sitting alongside the story? Try retweeting this tweet to M&S. Update 2 Don't bother, we won!
Jan Moir has written a disgusting piece for the Mail on the death of Stephen Gately arguing that while "all the official reports point to a natural death, with no suspicious circumstances ... 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again."
Yes, Jan, they do. People die. It's sad. She goes on to suggest, with no evidence, that his death is "sleazy".
The interesting thing is that the comments appear to show that Jan is out of touch with the Mail's readers. (The other explanation is that the Twitter backlash has prompted large numbers of people to swing by and vote up/down the comments.)
Also, the Mail's comment-voting system is creaking at the seams and timing out - maybe the weight of angry people on this page?
Best rated comments
Best rated comments by other readers include:
Shame on this journalist who wrote the article and those who agree with her are just as bad. (+559 rating)
I cannot believe that Jan Moir has the audacity to write such a piece. Disgusting. (+506)
This is a very slimy article with lots of horrible undertones and a lot of inaccuracies. Healthy men do die in their sleep, fact. Why is it necessary to paint some sleazy picture of his last few hours? What are your intentions here? I am a married mother of three and I found reading this article extremely distasteful. I found it intrusive and disrespectful to his family and friends. This is not an article to challenge the our PC world gone mad; it is just a opportunist and snide piece of journalism. Let the man be buried and have some decency. (+502)
Worst rated comments
I won't repeat many of these, but they've got minus ratings in the minus hundreds, including:
A very brave and constructive article. In our current PC world, I hope Jan wont be pilloried for being truthful. (-380)
At last someone has the guts to say what they really think about the Steven Gateleys death. Congratulations! Excellent piece!!! (-284)
- Martin Belam has written before about the Mail comments system.
- Anton Vowl has a good piece on this Jan Moir article.
- And there's a spot on sidewiki on the page, too, by Sarah Goodwin.