by Flora Bird
Hello my dears
I hear there was quite a fuss at the fitlads HQ, after co-owner Joseph Hill’s nasty rant against Jade Goody on YouTube last week.
As you may know, it caused a mighty fracas, and was widely reported across the gay press. In his video, Joe described the cancer victim and mother of two young children as a ‘fat pig’. Well, dear reader, as if her size should matter! Anyway, to me she looks a bonnie lass! (Now if you want to talk about fat pigs…you should see my sister Betsy Hog)
What’s more, Joe also criticised Jade for courting the media interest in her illness – from which she is raising money to leave something for her poor bairns after she has passed. Who can blame her for that?
It seems it doesn’t end there – despite Joe Hill robustly defending his position, it didn’t stop the YouTube video being removed in the blink of an eye, and the duplicates too, quoting ‘copyright’ issues! A message expressing Joe’s regret was also published on facebook. It appears he had second thoughts.
However, I’m now hearing of some highly unsavoury behaviour from Fitlads Scotland offices, with claims of members having their profiles removed just because they voiced their disapproval!
One member said “I called Fitlads.NET and they said “Oh FUCK OFF and Die of Cancer” then put the phone down.”
Another said “I messaged fitlads (politely) saying that as i had lost my parents and some friends to cancer i found Joes remarks insensitive. I said i would not be renewing my fitlads profile in March and was just invited to remove my profile now and later told in a forum “to FUCK OFF and i wouldnt be missed” by a fitlads staff member”.
I’m also told that Joe himself was asked on his site’s messageboards if he had any respect for ‘this brave woman’ – to which it’s said he responded “If you don’t wish to hear about her, please go: Bridgend”, presumably a reference to the 27 young adults and children who have committed suicide in that tragic town.
It seems that the Jade video is a highly sensitive subject at Fitlads HQ. Call me an old cynic, but could it have been a cheap ploy to publicise their gay dating website that badly backfired?
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25 February 2009
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