Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Complain about Danny Dyer endorsing domestic violence

Hi all

As many of you may be aware, Danny Dyer has written in Zoo magazine saying that if you are having trouble with your ex girlfriend, you can always slash her face so no-one else would want her.

This is an absolute disgrace, endorsing domestic violence and is just so so horrfic i don't know what to do.

So have written to the editor to complain.

If you would like to complain I am happy for you to use my letter if you don't want to write your own.

The editor's email address is:

Please complain. It's so awful. I cannot believe this can be.

Dear Tom

I was horrified to learn today that your magazine has promoted the message that in order to revenge yourself on an ex girlfriend you should slash her face so no one else wants her.

Perhaps you will be shocked in turn to learn that 1 in 4 UK women will suffer domestic violence in their life times and that 2 women a week are killed by their partners or ex partners. In fact, according to Home Office statistics, domestic violence causes more death and disability in women aged 16-44 than cancer or road accidents. It is one of the UK's biggest killers.

Therefore allowing your staff to write messages that encourage their readers to commit acts of domestic violence is completely and utterly unacceptable. I understand that this has been defended as a joke, or as being ironic. The deaths of over 100 women a year is not ironic. The deaths of over 100 women a year is not a joke.

Not only are you endorsing acts of violence against women, your magazine is inciting acts of gender hatred. Again, this is not a joke. You are encouraging hate crime.

Sadly we live in a culture that does not take violence against women seriously. The results, as you can see above, mean that women live under the threat of violence. As if your magazine didn't cause women enough grief and harm by treating them as objects dedicated to male sexual pleasure, you are now openly suggesting that vicious violent acts against women are ok and/or hilarious. The column also suggests that once a woman is scarred or rendered 'un-perfect' then she is worthless. What kind of message does this send out to the men that read your magazine?

You must surely be aware that children (boys under 18) read your magazine. Is this how you want them to view women? As objects that they have a right to violate and harm?

If you do, then shame on you. I hope the appropriate action will be taken against Danny Dyer. His article is a disgrace.

Yours sincerely


Jilly said...

Zoo have now put an apology on the front page of their website - and are making a donation to Women's Aid so I think we can call that a result even if they are blaming it on a 'production error'

frank said...

That's awful. Great letter though.

Jilly, thanks for the link. It's good they've apologised, but framing it as a "production error is lame. They say...

"Due to an extremely regrettable production error, an inappropriate and indefensible response to a letter has appeared in this week's issue.
ZOO editor, Tom Etherington, apologises unreservedly for any offence the response may have caused and has launched an internal enquiry to ensure lessons are learnt."

I hope the lesson learnt isn't just "we must edit out our in-house jokes before print."

frank said...

Sorry, that sounds like I'm having a go at Jilly! Not intended to.

sianandcrookedrib said...

i know - its good that they're apologising but the fact is someone did write that, and people did laugh at it whetehr they intended to print it or not...

Simon said...

Hi Sian,

Could you email at as I want to see if you would do an interview about something?!

Best wishes,

frank said...

Did you see he lost his column? link

sianandcrookedrib said...

yes, apparently they are replacing it with an anti violence against women statement. he also wrote in another column to a man who wanted his girlfriend to get a brazilian that he could 'always set fire to it - it goes up like thatch'
was that a printing error too i wonder?

frank said...

He truly sounds an awful specimen. Although it's not surprising lurking in the pages of Zoo magazine. Ugh.

Joanne said...

Dear Sian,

I clicked on your blog from the F Word site. Thanks for this article. I wrote to them too. Have a look at my blog if you fancy:
it is less sophisticated than yours :o) But I see we have a decent feminist overlap!


sianandcrookedrib said...

thanks joanne. have added you to my follow list!