On May 21st I received an email from The Sun. I don’t like receiving emails from The Sun, as I hate pretty much everything about the ‘paper. It is, as far as I’m concerned, an odious, scare-mongering, right-wing shit-rag. It panders to the worst aspects of British society, mixing low-brow, sensationalist twaddle, with a propensity to whip the nation into a state of frenzied fury over a story that is based almost entirely on supposition at best, and lies at worst.
It’ll surprise no one that the recent palaver caused by the police apparently banning England shirts in city centre pubs was a load of old bollocks. A load of old bollocks made up by The Sun. Tabloid Watch unravelled the story, as it has done many others. Just click on ‘Sun‘ in their tags section to see what I’m on about in more detail.
So yeah. I got an email from The Sun. It basically said that I was to be involved in some sort of sweepstake, and that my blog would receive loads of coverage through The Sun’s website, and Facebook page. And how amazing would that be? The fella who sent me the email signed off by saying, “Let me know your thoughts! I know The Sun isn’t everyone’s cup of tea to say the least but hopefully this will be a bit of fun.” Which is one hell of an understatement.
I ignored this email, hoping that if I didn’t respond, I wouldn’t be involved in all this savage wankery. But sadly I am. My blog is now apparently Chile, and The Sun have publicised this site in a YouTube clip and on their website. I received another email from them yesterday asking for a little coverage of all this on my blog. So here you go:
I want to make it abundantly clear to everyone: I have nothing to do with this. I want nothing to do with this. And I am furious that the good(ish) name of my little blog, that ceased to be a concern some six months ago, is being used by the worst of all tabloids as some fucking publicity machine for their horrendous sweepstake generating iPhone app, and their even more horrendous newspaper. As I posted on Facebook when all this started, “Yeah, sure, I’ll be part of your World Cup blogging network.I’ll sign up the day you explain how it took 15 years to apologise for your Hillsborough coverage. The day you aren’t part of Murdoch’s News International empire. And the day you aren’t a bunch of odious, scare-mongering, right-wing cretins”.
Finally, it disappoints me, but perhaps doesn’t surprise me, that other blogs run by reds (*cough*therepublikofmancunia*cough*) aren’t just involved in this, but are actively promoting it. Getting in bed with The Sun? I mean, Jesus. For fuck’s sake.
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