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Oct 3, 2012

Jones is a twit, regardless of who he sleeps with

In many of the critical pieces about Alan Jones this week, there's been a strong focus on his sexuality. Why can't we just examine his actions?

John Birmingham is the kind of writer for whom we are most often very, very grateful. He is never more conspicuously decent than when detonating hypocrisy as he did in this 2010 piece on former NSW minister David Campbell.

Here, the target was the Seven Network whose “revelation” Campbell had visited a gay venue ended in the minister’s resignation and an awful lot of prurient tut-tutting. Birmingham called Today Tonight’s intrusion a “gay bashing assault” and wondered that any journalist would stoop to parking outside a sauna when, really, Macquarie Street produced much more scandal per square foot than any all-male bathhouse.

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38 thoughts on “Jones is a twit, regardless of who he sleeps with

  1. Sancho

    I disagree.

    It’s cheap to use lame “bend over” jokes in reference to Jones, but this presents us with a chance to have a discussion about gay misogyny.

    The notion that gay men can be as vicious toward women as some straight men are seems to make a lot of progressives uncomfortable, but that doesn’t help anyone to understand the motivations and values of the people involved.

  2. random78

    Quite right, Jones’ sexuality is totally his own business and not relevant to his job or any other job I can think of.
    I don’t care about his personal life; I only care about the grubby mind he exhibits in his broadcasting and public comments, so choose never listen to him. I’m happy that the ugliness of his mind has been ‘outed’. However the attempt by some to link his behaviour to his sexuality has no basis in fact, and by extension becomes an alarming attack on homosexual behavour in general. Which, in case some forget, is a basic human right in Australia.

  3. random78

    Sancho, I don’t understand the need for a term like ‘gay misogyny’ of ‘straight misogyny’. Why don’t we just say that we all have the capacity for vicousness. Why this interminable need to label people as ‘other’ in contexts where it is irrelevant?

  4. fredex

    I agree Helen, in fact I posted my disagreement with the otherwise worthy Mr D at his blog under the name ‘fred’.
    And to Mr D’s credit he has changed his mind somewhat, see his last comment after another ‘Helen’, made much the same point as you make here [or are you the Helen at Mr D’s site, if so well said?]

  5. Misha Ketchell

    Wonderful and thoughtful piece Helen. I agree with every word, including your view that Birmingham should be forgiven his smut this time around. (He’s on a warning.) But for everyone else it’s shameful.

  6. Sebben

    FWIW, I think the term Birmo used could be applied to Jones, no matter what his bedroom proclivities.

  7. (the other) HR Nicholls

    The comments are nasty and cynical and I don’t like it either, but I think it’s a symptom of frustration – does anybody REALLY think Alan Jones will face lasting censure from a radio station which he’s a significant shareholder in? Of course you don’t. So his festival of bile will carry on regardless, and so his critics are reduced to playing the man, as Jones has done himself so many times before.

  8. Mr Denmore

    Helen’s right. I’m sorry. It was a bad choice of words. And this debate is distracting us from the real issue, which is that 2GB employs a business model based on exploiting the basest fear, ignorance and prejudice of the community, many of them old and fearful anyway. Consider me corrected.

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