Top of the posts: Citizen Khan, #Paralympics tweets and sex on TV
This week has seen the opening ceremony and start of the Paralympics. With so many interested and supportive of athletes that had hitherto been largely ignored by the mainstream media, these are set to become the first ever sell-out Paralympics. Despite disabled people finally having a positive platform that isn’t defined by their benefits, hate crimes are on the rise.
Nicky Clark highlights the case of Gemma Hayter, a learning disabled woman who was beaten to death by those she thought of as her friends. Know the story? Probably not, because this, and the other 65,000 hate crimes against disabled people in the last year have rarely made the headlines. Stories about benefit “cheats” and “fraudsters” on the other hand not only far outweigh, but end up saturating the reality.
According to businessman Arthur Kibble “everybody” likes to have a drink before driving – that’s the reason they have car parks in pubs. So he’s selling a pill that reportedly helps drink-drivers pass breathalyser tests when they’re over the limit. And these pills are still legal in the UK.
BBC comedy ‘Citizen Khan’ also made its debut this week to a vastly offended audience. Arifa Akbar comments that the tired stereotypes of Muslim families are stuck in the past, and despite not finding the show racist, it is still deeply offensive.
Elsewhere Paris Lees clears up some common misconceptions surrounding the transgender community, Emily Jupp takes a look at the Paralympics jokes circulating on Twitter, asking if some take it too far and Owen Jones describes how the terrorist actions of Anders Breivik highlights a much-needed crack-down on far-right racism.
Here are the most read blogs from the past week, as determined by stats:
1. Citizen Khan is not just outdated, but lazy and offensive By Arifa Akbar
2. 65,000 hate crimes against disabled people and rising. This has to stop. By Nicky Clark
3. Auschwitz: How relevant is it in today’s society? By Melissa Pawson
5. Why exactly is it so expensive for us to own a home? By Lee Williams
9. Rape is no less of a trauma for the victim just because you call it something else By Louise McCudden
12. Lies about transgender people (and how to spot a rubbish journalist) By Paris Lees
13. Want to drink and drive? There’s a pill for that By Laura Davis
14. Do we need a social netiquette upgrade? By Lizzie Cernik
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