Suzanne Moore: transsexual wrath has been 'insane'
In latest twist, Guardian columnist says she is owed an apology by the transgender community
THE GREAT transsexual slur saga will not be allowed to die quickly, it seems. Columnist Suzanne Moore has grabbed the limelight back from Julie Burchill in an attempt to have the last word on the subject.
It was Moore who originally caused offence by writing in an essay about female anger for the New Statesman that women today are expected to look like "Brazilian transsexuals".
After complaints from transsexuals drove Moore to quit Twitter (temporarily at least), fellow columnist Julie Burchill waded in, calling them "chicks with dicks" and "bed-wetters in bad wigs".
Today, writing in The Guardian, Moore claims she is owed an apology after facing the "insane" wrath of the transgender community. "No one has apologised to me for saying that I should be decapitated and [that] I support the English Defence League," she writes.
Moore also defends Burchill, whose Observer broadside against transsexuals was removed from the paper's website after it generated a backlash so strong that Coalition minister Lynne Featherstone called for her sacking.
Moore writes: "You don't commission someone like Julie Burchill to launch an Exocet missile and then say: 'Oh dear, we only really wanted a sparkler.'"
Moore's piece was published as veteran polemicist Rod Liddle – a man who has offended almost every minority in Britain – leapt to her defence in his Spectator column.
"One of these days, not too far away, the entire bourgeois bien-pensant left will self-immolate entirely leaving behind nothing but a thin skein of smoke smelling slightly of goji berries," Liddle muses. "Please let that day come quickly."