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The “Observer” Pulls Transphobic Article: “We Got It Wrong”

JulieBurchill

We have decided to withdraw from publication the Julie Burchill comment piece ‘Transsexuals should cut it out’. The piece was an attempt to explore contentious issues within what had become a highly-charged debate. The Observer is a paper which prides itself on ventilating difficult debates and airing challenging views. On this occasion we got it wrong and in light of the hurt and offence caused I apologise and have made the decision to withdraw the piece. The Observer Readers’ Editor will report on these issues at greater length.”

— Statement from John Mulholland, editor of the Observer, on Julie Burchill’s vile transphobic rant.