We were very excited to see the news that Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley would be welcoming a little baby (boy?) to their family with their announcement on Valentine’s Day. However, not everybody was so enthused like us. Daily Mail columnist and raging bigot Richard Littlejohn blasted the couple in an op-ed, in which he transparently attempts to disguise his blatant homophobia under his concern about the child’s biological mother, also known as a surrogate.
Suggesting their decision to start a family is nothing more than a “publicity stunt,” Littlejohn writes: “I still cling to the belief that children benefit most from being brought up by a man and a woman. Which is precisely what worries me most about the Daley publicity stunt.”
“Here we have two men drawing attention to the fact that ‘they’ are having a baby. But where’s the mum, the possessor of the womb which features in this photograph? She appears to have been written out of the script entirely.”
“We are not told her identity, where she lives, or even when the baby is due. She is merely the anonymous incubator.”
This could have been a decision on the surrogate’s behalf, as many surrogates choose to keep their identity when involved with famous couples a secret. That’s exactly what happened with Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West earlier this year.
Richard Littlejohn continues: “My best guess is that she lives in America, since it is still illegal in Britain to pay surrogate mothers other than modest expenses. That’s why wealthy gay couples, such as Elton John and David Furnish, turn to the States when they want to start a family.
He concludes with an extremely transphobic comment made at the expense of Tom Daley. “Can they please grow a pair — if that’s not too ‘transphobic’ — and stop pretending this is the new normal, he says. “Not in our house, it isn’t. Nor, I suspect, in yours or 99.99 per cent of the rest of the world, either.”
“Still, I’m looking forward to the photos of Tom Daley breastfeeding his new baby.”
Richard Littlejohn sucks. Daily Mail… this is not “journalism,” it’s hate speech. Plain and simple.