Frankly, I'm not sure if I should sign the petition or not.
On the one hand, Littlejohn's article was more than a little abrasive and insulting towards trans folk. On the other, it wasn't nearly as venomous or hateful as the quote at the top of the page initially led me to believe. (BTW, for those of you who want to read the original article: linky
Personally, I'm all for the equal and fair treatment of trans folk in the public and legal theaters. The discrimination and bigotry they face now is very similar to the persecution gays and lesbians faced in the past. This article is proof of that unfortunate reality.
However, and this is where my hesitation to sign the petition comes in, I'm sure that the majority of people who've signed the petition did so in a knee-jerk reaction. "What's that, a conservative fear-monger drove a transwoman to suicide? I better grab my
pen and sign this petition!" The email Rhapsody quoted struck me as incredibly biased against Littlejohn; then again, it's an activist piece, not meant to be held against journalistic standards. Still, it prompted me to do some digging and get his side of the story.
So, if you read the original article (again: linky
), you'd find that Littlejohn's tone is insensitive and coarse, but with the exception of calling out Ms. Meadows by name in the headline, he doesn't really step over any lines in my opinion. He's a social conservative writer; of course he's going to sound like an abrasive, ignorant bigot. He's there to attract the pageviews, not the high-brow readers. That's not really much of a defense, I know, but
he didn't call for Ms. Meadows to be sacked or targeted; he just tried to use her situation as a setpiece for his own agenda (whether or not he truly believes the situation is bad for the schoolchildren is unknown). Or maybe he's just seeking out hot-button topics to get those much-needed page views. Despicable, yes, but not something to fire him over.
To be honest, this whole thing reeks of a "reverse" witch hunt to me. It's like the left-wing, appropriately disgusted by Lucy's death, is just looking to stick someone's head on a pike, and that someone happens to be Littlejohn. Never mind trying to solve the deeper problems that led to her death! No no no, they want blood. Besides, in my brief dig, I found no solid evidence that his article caused her suicide. Lucy could have already been in a rough spot before this whole thing started, and it was simply a catalyst that accelerated her underlying mental problems. Or maybe not; I don't know, and that's why I don't feel comfortable signing this petition.
In short, until I have reasonable proof that Littlejohn's article led to her suicide, I just don't feel comfortable signing a petition for him to be fired, even if I think he's an ignorant asshole.PLEASE NOTE!
I don't want this to be taken the wrong way and devolve into coarse words, so let me say it clear: although I'm hesitant to sign the petition, I'm not trying to defend Littlejohn's words or actions. I'm just trying to bring the opposite side of the controversy to the table and at the same time shed light on my opinion concerning the matter.