Thursday, January 26, 2006

No Gay Sex, Please, We're British

UK National Media So Far Play It Straight In Reporting On Outed MPs
The big news on the other side of the pond is that a contender to lead the Liberal Democrats, Britain's number-three party, confessed to having gay sex and patronizing a gay phone sex line.
Simon Hughes told The Sun he regretted staying in the closet for so long, but noted “I have always taken the view that somebody’s sexuality should not be of great significance in the public domain. It is a private matter."
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006040287,00.html.
Which means Hughes obviously doesn't read The Sun. And if he does, we're pretty confident he's skipping over the amply endowed lassies on Page 3.
http://www.page3.com
At first blush, it seems unusual that Hughes would fess up to The Sun, Rupert Murdoch's staunch right-wing tabloid king that never refrains from using its clout as Britain's top-circulating daily to take down a notch or three those who displease it.
After all, above today's headline "I'm Gay Too" was the smaller head: "A Second Limp Dem Confesses." That could be a reference to the Lib Dem's bloody awful start to 2006 (another Lib Dem leader stepped down last week after the married father of two admitted to hanging with a male prostitute), or something else for which we needn't draw you a map.
The BBC shed light on Hughes's motives, quoting a Sun editor who said Hughes was given "pretty incontrovertible" evidence he had phoned the chat room. So, it was a case of talk to us now and do some damage control, or we'll turn you into our Poof Of The Week and make you squeal like a pig.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4649266.stm.
So far, the British media we sampled have refrained from lavender-scented hysteria. At least for now. That could change. Perhaps inadvertently -- or defensively -- Hughes gave the Sun and the rest of the tabs cause to fine-tune their Gaydar when he claimed he wasn't the only member of Parliament hiding in the closet.
“I wasn’t just doing it for me but for many others who are in the same boat.”
Yeah, I'm sure they appreciate that gesture. You know The Sun did.

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