The whole story is in Pink News, and the Daily Mail writer, Jan Moir, has blamed an “orchestrated campaign” for the backlash of complaints against her.
Something approaching a record number have been lodged with the Press Complaints Commission, but such are not in its remit to investigate. If Gately’s family lodge a complaint, the PCC may enter the fray.
However Pink News tells us that some big brands, such as Marks & Spencer, have asked for advertising to be removed from the offending online page.
Nestlé also said it did not share the views expressed in the article and had asked for its advertisement to be removed.
Moir’s comments provoked a wave of anger on the internet as the news of her comment piece spread around Twitter and Facebook today [Friday].
She apparently suggested that Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died because he was gay and said his “sleazy” death struck “another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships”.
In a statement released this afternoon, Moir refused to apologise and denied her article had been homophobic.
Well, she would, wouldn’t she?