Montag, November 17, 2014

Bürgermeister von London bezieht Stellung zum #Shirtgate

Boris Johnson, der Bürgermeister von London, hat gestern im britischen Telegraph zum sogenannten "Shirtgate" Stellung bezogen. Ein Auszug aus dem Artikel:

Everyone in this country should be proud of Dr Taylor and his colleagues, and he has every right to let his feelings show. Except, of course, that he wasn’t crying with relief. He wasn’t weeping with sheer excitement at this interstellar rendezvous. I am afraid he was crying because he felt he had sinned. He was overcome with guilt and shame for wearing what some people decided was an "inappropriate" shirt on television. "I have made a big mistake,” he said brokenly. “I have offended people and I am sorry about this."

I watched that clip of Dr Taylor’s apology – at the moment of his supreme professional triumph – and I felt the red mist come down. It was like something from the show trials of Stalin, or from the sobbing testimony of the enemies of Kim Il-sung, before they were taken away and shot. It was like a scene from Mao’s cultural revolution when weeping intellectuals were forced to confess their crimes against the people.

Why was he forced into this humiliation? Because he was subjected to an unrelenting tweetstorm of abuse. He was bombarded across the internet with a hurtling dustcloud of hate, orchestrated by lobby groups and politically correct media organisations.

And so I want, naturally, to defend this blameless man. And as for all those who have monstered him and convicted him in the kangaroo court of the web – they should all be ashamed of themselves.

Dass sich der Shirtstorm mittlerweile wendet, ist heute auch Thema bei Achdomina.

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