Why you are secretly as prejudiced as Donna Summer

I almost said something. Almost. Just stopped myself at the last minute. When I read that Donna Summer had died, I very nearly mentioned the whole controversy regarding alleged homophobic remarks she’d once said but decided against it. The woman was dead, her voice silenced forever. Inevitably, though, Scott Creney took her to task on the issue over on Collapse Board. Don’t get involved, don’t step in … too late. “But someone is wrong on the internet!

My fingers made the decision before I did. “It didn’t happen. Like the bit about Mariah Carey wishing she could be skinny like those starving children in Africa, it’s just something someone made up that caught hold.” I present evidence, they present evidence, all of it from both sides he-said-she-said with no real proof of anything. But none of that matters, does it? (What do you want me to do? LEAVE? But then they’ll keep being wrong!”) Because ultimately it’s not about what Donna Summer supposedly said at allContinue reading

Write and wrong: quotes from a scandal

News of the World Dylan Thomas Alamy Economist

The stench of corruption is sickening. I’d always said that the difference between Brits and Americans is that the Yanks trust people and the Brits trust institutions, but now ours lie in tatters and we’re floundering. On the one hand, it’s easy – and right – to react with shock and outrage at just how deep this toxic rabbit-hole goes, but on the other, any sensible person has to recognise the potential for a hysterical witch hunt that does nothing to restore our confidence in the institutions that we need to trust in to function.

We all “know” that newspapers are dirty and politicians corrupt and that there will inevitably be a few rotten coppers on the force – but to see it there writ large as hacks are jailed and police accused of being paid off? That’s not naiveté on the part of the public. It’s a seismic event in our culture that could send shockwaves around the world.

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