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2018-02-17 13:26:07


Dustin Lance Black & Tom Daley respond to hateful comments about their baby

On Wednesday, film-maker Dustin Lance Black and his husband, Olympic diver Tom Daley, announced that they were having a baby.

The right responded with outrage

Richard Littlejohn wrote a column in the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, entitled “Please don’t pretend two dads is the new normal.”

He asked why they needed to share their ultrasound image (as if they were the first expectant parents to share an ultrasound online) and compared it to “a picture of my last colonoscopy.”

Littlejohn also called the baby a “publicity stunt” and a “fashion accessory,” said that the dads-to-be were treating the surrogate mother like a “breeding machine,” and summarized his reaction with “Pass the sick bag.”

His column has resulted in two advertisers nixing their ads in the Daily Mail.

LBC, a radio station, asked if there was something “sinister” in the childbirth, a question it’s hard to imagine anyone asking about straight parents.

LBC has since apologized and removed the tweet.

Anti-transgender activist Julie Bindel also expressed her disgust at the dads’ “selfish” decision and linked an article about surrogate mothers in India.

There is no evidence that the surrogate mother Black and Daley hired is in India or is “desperate.” Bindel didn’t explain how “systems of oppression” are unique to surrogacy and not propped up by pretty much everything wealthy nations import from countries like India.

But the main point seems to be calling a gay couple “selfish,” so mission accomplished.

Prominent Trump supporter and Islamophobe Marilena Rossi also called the couple “selfish” for having a child who will be “motherless.”

Black just had a short response to the media hatred, focusing on “strength and love.”

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