Littlejohn adds trans people to his list of targets.

// 14 August 2009

Daily Fail columnist Richard Littlejohn – the same hateful prick who claimed that the deaths of the murdered Ipswich sex workers were “no great loss” – has sunk to despicable new depths today with his pathetic, transphobic rant against the National Trans Police Association. The Association’s aim is to:

…provide support to serving and retired police officers, police staff and special constables with any gender identity issue, including, but not exclusively, Trans men, Trans women, people who identify as Transgender, androgyne or intersex, and people who cross dress.

‘The NTPA further aims to provide support to all serving and retired police officers, police staff and special constables who are dealing with people with a gender identity issue, whether that person is a colleague, family member or a member of the public involved in a police matter.’

Sounds entirely reasonable and positive, doesn’t it? But Littlejohn views the NTPA as an unnecessary lobby which will lead to “transvestites” filing unfounded grievances and demands for promotion, so wasting police time and threatening equality and meritocracy (you know, the kind of equality and meritocracy where everyone is on exactly the same footing as straight, white, cis men). Same old Fail shit there, then.

But he goes further than that. The article is accompanied by a huge cartoon of a hairy policeman in stockings, heels and make-up, and is full of disgusting digs at trans people:

Note the ‘but not exclusively’. You might have thought that any outfit encompassing transgendered, androgyny and intersexuals (whatever the hell they are) had pretty much covered the waterfront…

…The criteria is so widely drawn that, theoretically, it could also include centaurs, who are currently under-represented in the ranks of the Old Bill…

…I acknowledge that some people have gender ishoos and are entitled to understanding….

…at this rate it won’t be long before a cross-dressing copper complains that his stockings and suspenders are chafing under his blue serge uniform and insists on being allowed to go on patrol in a leather mini-skirt and an Amy Winehouse wig.

Shorter Littlejohn: “You’re a bunch of worthless freaks, but at least you’re good for a cheap laugh”.

His complete lack of empathy for the challenges faced by trans police officers and the obvious delight he takes in mocking those who are not as gender-normative as him makes my skin crawl. You can leave comments under the piece (at least they’ll be read, even if they aren’t published), or send feedback to the paper here.

Comments From You

Cara // Posted 14 August 2009 at 1:24 pm

I saw that and felt sickened. Anyone see the hideously cheap picture accompanying the piece? I’d complain, but what’s the point- they never print it anyway.

Ro-Ro // Posted 14 August 2009 at 2:20 pm

My my. I’m so shocked at what he wrote there about the Ipswich Murders. I’m sickened by it. And I thought I’d become hardened to people’s often vile , judgemental and callous views about sex workers.

Just as he thinks those women were no great loss I’d go as far as to say a world without Littledick would actually be improved. He’s not exactly curing cancer either is he but instead harming people from minority backgrounds by filling the heads of millions of people with poisonous, dangerous bile.

And to think he gets paid nearly a million quid a year to peddle hate material.

Ruth Moss // Posted 14 August 2009 at 4:08 pm

The man’s a shit.

Just as an aside, Ro-Ro, what he said about the sex workers was horrendous, but this particular blog post was not about that and your comment does feel like a bit of a derail.

Laura // Posted 14 August 2009 at 4:13 pm

Indeed, Ruth. Let’s stick to the focus of this particular article, please.

Mary Kate // Posted 14 August 2009 at 4:51 pm

He looks absolutely horrible :/

Catherine Redfern // Posted 14 August 2009 at 5:08 pm

What sickens me is that this sort of truly disgusting diatribe actually gets published in a national newspaper.

Mephit // Posted 14 August 2009 at 5:38 pm

LittleJohn is relentlessly disgusting.

Aimee // Posted 15 August 2009 at 12:09 pm

I thoroughly detest this man. He really does represent the absolute worst of human decency.

Lara // Posted 17 August 2009 at 4:53 pm

If you would like to address these issues directly to Little Dick you can email him richard.littlejohn@dailymail.co.uk

Rob M // Posted 17 August 2009 at 7:02 pm

Just a thought: When you’re having a go at someone for the reason that he denigrates intersex folk, you might want to rethink the mocking-small-penises line of insult…

Nasha // Posted 18 August 2009 at 8:51 pm

‘littledick’ is a phrase for his obvious insecurity.

Kate // Posted 20 August 2009 at 4:40 pm

There’s also a good thing going on in the land of Twitter regarding this; polljack (i think is the right name) is telling everyone how to buck the results of the Daily Mail polls, with particular reference to the one regarding transpeople. It’s to do with disabling cookies, so you can vote time and time again….

Martyn // Posted 20 August 2009 at 8:30 pm

He really is a vile and hateful little man. It’s so sad so many people seem to get off on the stuff he writes. It’s so obviously an attempt to stir up prejudice and to revel in his own cramped and twisted ideas of normality. It’s classic ‘look-at-me’ substance less journalism. He is regarded by his peers as something of a clown. With good reason.

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