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Why do they do it? Read this description of X Factor contestant, Danyl Johnson, in the online Daily Mail:

Johnson, a bisexual drama teacher from Kent, left rehearsals for the ITV talent show after demanding that his song for this week’s programme had to be changed.

To demonstrate how gratuitous and plain ridiculous that reference to his sexuality is, let’s just swap things about a bit:

Johnson, a heterosexual drama teacher from Kent, left rehearsals for the ITV talent show after demanding that his song for this week’s programme had to be changed.

There’s a sentence that would never see the light of day. The first one shouldn’t have either.

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  1. How true! If the DM could get away with it they might mention that DJ’s mum is white? Also, was “drama” teacher highlighted because he allegedly stormed out at rehearsals? Somehow, “Johnson the geography teacher” just doesn’t have the same ring to it when one flounces out – albeit allegedly.

    Lizi B

    20/11/2009 at 2:45 pm

    • You are so right, Lizi B. I missed that reference to the ‘drama’ teacher. Many thanks for your interesting and astute comments.

      Deborah

      20/11/2009 at 3:06 pm


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