The Daily Mail has published a very strange article about Rear Admiral Alex J. Burton, Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces, after he tweeted in support of LGBT military personnel.
In a story first picked up by Pink News here, Richard Littlejohn wrote in the pitifully titled piece ‘Hello Sailor! Meet the the tweeting trans friendly admiral’:
“Rear Admiral Burton’s official photograph makes him look like one of those gay Dutch policemen played by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse. Further down his Twitter feed is another picture of him posing in a U.S. carrier strike force baseball cap outside somewhere called ‘Bonaventure House’.
Sorry, but I couldn’t help thinking of Julian and Sandy, the alter egos of Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick in Round The Horne. ‘Oooo, ’ello, I’m Julian and this is my friend Rear Admiral Burton. Isn’t he bona? Hello, sailor. Or was that The Navy Lark?
Come to think of it, Burton could have added ‘New York, Paris, Peckham. . .’ to ‘Husband, Father, Warrior, etc . . .’ given that most of our warships are about as reliable as Del Boy’s Reliant Regal van. What we’ve got here is life imitating if not art, then certainly classic BBC comedy.”
— Alex Burton (@RAdmAlexBurton) July 26, 2017
In what Pink News call ‘one of the most disgusting homophobic smears in the piece’, Littlejohn seems to allude to the homophobic slur ‘pillow biter’ by saying “There’s also mention of a boat called ‘HMS Biter’. Probably best not to go there, either.”
— Penny Mordaunt (@PennyMordaunt) July 30, 2017
Littlejohn, seemingly not understanding the point of Twitter or the role of LGBT champion, wrote later:
“He’s big on diversity, posting pictures of sailors marching in uniform on gay pride day, and celebrating ‘LGBT and BAME [Black And Minority Ethnic] in the Naval Community’.
There’s another photo of a colleague, Rear Admiral John Clink — a fellow enthusiastic member of the Twitterati — presenting ‘AB (Able Seaman) Innocent Muzwidzwa with the Most Inspiring Achievement in Elective Learning #navysmart’. Your guess is as good as mine.”
The odd piece ends with additional strange remarks:
“Who knows, now the commander of the Navy has come out in support of ‘trans’ rights, how long before we’re told that Admiral Lord Nelson was ‘gender-fluid’? Kiss Me Hardy!”
Pink News comment that “Burton, incidentally, has two children with his wife, according to his official MoD profile.”
Rear Admiral Alex Burton has commanded UK Maritime forces, multiple Royal Navy vessels and has also fought in the Iraq war. That really speaks for itself.