Straight Pride UK Threatens Malicious, Unfounded Legal Action

Straight Censorship

Straight Pride UK have once again been active in the world of press releases.  There first press release was apparently ‘private’ (you know those kind of press releases right?), yet a day later they want there next press release to be widely publicised (this must be like an anti-press release then???).

Not content with attempting to censor a freelance journalist attempting to reveal and expose a hate group that has been formed within our borders, they are also now threatening spurious, baseless legal action against anyone who doesn’t dare agree with them.

In line with their wishes we’ve republished their press release below, with our own commentary.

A Straight Pride Project (Straight Pride (UK) ) over in the UK has been facing a tough time in the last 24 hours, all thanks to a history student called Oliver. twitter.com/OliverHotham. (No, no, no no.  They’ve been facing a tough time due to the public outrage that a homophobic group is ‘campaigning’ on behalf of a group of people that don’t want to be represented by them).  He contacted Straight Pride’s (UK) Bureau pretending too (grammer checks are free) be a (freelance) journalist asking questions (a claim which turns out to be true – ergo a factual statement). Turns out that he is not a journalist but a seemingly underhanded follower of the Homosexual Agenda (a few sentences in and the true homophobic intent comes out – nice to see the unnecessary capitalisation of homosexual though – must be because they’re so important) who like to call people bigots for not agreeing with what they see as homosexual perversion (‘agree with’, seriously?  What’s there to agree with?  If you’re straight it doesn’t really affect you does it?). They have a right to these views and opinions (the first thing that makes sense – please note that if they have a right to these views and opinions that attempting to silence them is futile).

Oliver was very bad didn’t tell Straight Pride (UK) that he would be putting what Straight Pride (UK) told him online for all to see (which was, please note, included in a document titled ‘PRESS RELEASE’), ( It was a private (press)  release for him (oxymoron anyone?)) and thus he did do Straight Pride (UK) contacted the blog hosts and was removed (malicious claim, incorrectly acted upon – in the opinion of most reasonable people).

Now Oliver has been very naughty (tut, tut) and given out the material so other offending individuals (considering you’re turning into a legal eagle on us maybe you should note that incorrectly labeling people exercising their right to free speech, as you clearly stated yourselves above, as ‘offending individuals’, i.e. offenders, this could be viewed as being a slanderous or libelous comment as one can only be defined an ‘offender’ after a trail in a competent court in a relevant jurisdiction after the discharge of a fair trial)   have posted it, in turn causing a a great deal of illegal Harassment (as opposed to that legal harassment that exists….), and unwanted contact (first a ‘private’ press release, and now a group that wants to thrust a campaign by an ‘organisation’ into the public domain, and then *not* be contacted?), which is protected by law Under The Protection From Harassment Act in the United Kingdom (good luck with finding a reputable lawyer that would pursue such a patently malicious allegation.  Also I’d recommend looking up the legal doctrine of clean hands – “He who comes into equity must come with clean hands”.  Of course, in this case the doctrine of clean hands wouldn’t even be required – as people publishing Olivers article haven’t actually done anything wrong – but for the sake of completeness).

Straight Pride (UK) did ask him nicely to ask those he has provided the content to, to remove it (which he and others have absolutely zero obligation to do), but so far both he and the other offenders (slanderous, libelous territory again)  have not.

Straight Pride (UK) are not as worried as the other individuals who have been harassed, scared, stalked, had bomb threats, but Straight Pride UK are taking action and precautions because this is not right (however, in their eyes at least, spreading hate against a minority is). One person should not be able to start a harassment campaign against something or someone because they don’t agree with their views (it’s not about disagreeing with anyone’s views – it’s about a talented freelance journalist exposing a hate group).

Straight Pride (UK) do have this matter in hand and all will be sorted shortly where the project can get back to Promoting being Heterosexual (Struggling to take this seriously now with all the excess, incorrect capitalisation). If nothing this has proved that society needs Straight Pride and heterosexual events, to enable heterosexuals to have the right to speak out against the alternative lifestyle (Please note, there are as many hetrosexuals as homosexuals speaking out against you and republishing the article.  It’s not about being straight or gay – it’s about knowing right from wrong, just from unjust, hate from tolerance etc etc).

Straight Pride (UK) and other Bureaus are not homophobic, and believe in traditional values and lifestyles and the right to speak as someone finds (unless they are criticising or commenting on your group in a non-positive manner of course). Straight Pride UK do not believe in Unequal Rights, of which in the United Kingdom now has. There are two separate sets of rights, once for heterosexuals and one for homosexuals, with the homosexuals rights having the ability to trump those rights and beliefs of the heterosexuals, and those of faith (Seriously?  Really?  Oh, right, you are being serious.  I’d love to see any examples here).

Straight Pride (UK) ask heterosexuals from far and wide to gather together and stand up and be counted in this now overly politically correct world everyone finds themselves in (I’m struggling at this point to come up with an intelligent response to blatantly idiotic drivel.  Again, please note that the majority of people you are ‘campaigning’ for have actually either shown you no support or have actively criticised your group and its actions).

In finishing, to Oliver you have had your fifteen minutes of fame, perhaps now is the time to get back to your homework (if you can’t come up with a logical argument, just come up with insults instead) or maybe by now you will have been offered a position by the UK Socialist Press (oh yeah, blame it on the socialists as well – first it was the gays, now the socialists).

Peter Sidorove (A quick Google for ‘Peter Sidorove’ reveals nothing)
Head of Operations Straight Forward Bureau, Moscow. (As does a quick Google for Straight Forward Bureau – possibly fictitious? – or maybe just a very small group).  

It’s good to note that a number of UK media outlets are now picking the story up, including the Guardian and the Huffington Post.

Not only is this blatantly homophobic group attempting to spread hate and censor dissenters, it has resorted to personal insults, abuse of process and threatening the misuse of the legal system in order to show their ‘pride’.

It would seem obvious to most reasonable people that the actions you are pursuing are nothing to be proud of indeed.

Straight Pride UK In Shocking Censorship Move

Now, there was another topic for an article today, however in light of recent circumstances I have decided to change the topic of the article due to finding out about an outrageous attempt of censorship.

Yes, we may be in the 21st century – but that doesn’t matter.  In some ways, we might as well be back in the 15th.  Anyway, I digress.

Straight Pride UK are an ‘organisation’.  I use the term with the loosest possible meaning.  Think BNP crossed with less racial overtones and more sexuality based ones instead.

Now, firstly I must point out that I’m all for ‘Straight Pride’.  In fact, I’m for pride of any sort.  We should all be proud of our individual and collective attributes – heterosexuality being no different.

There’s Nothing To Be Proud Of Here…..

However, the difference here is that Straight Pride UK are flying the banner of ‘celebrating hetrosexuality’ while, when you actually scratch even slightly below the surface of it, it’s really an anti-homosexuality organisation.

Not content with just being purely bigots, they obviously have in their undeclared, unannounced mission statement that they would also like to restrict and censor free speech.

This is where a big problem lies.

You’ll recall the recent articles on Prism that we’ve had on the blog.  Again, another entity, in that case, the US (and other) government(s) trying to stop the public from having their say on matters in the public interest.

As our regulars know, there is nothing that riles us more than any organisation which attempts to censor free speech, not for any noble or justifiable cause, but purely with the intent of protecting their own selfish interests.

Well, unfortunately for Straight Pride UK, it seems like you’ve caused one of the biggest shit storms ever.  Oliver Hotham will not be censored!

(And as a side note, the further dissemination of this information is vital to show any organisations that you can’t censor the truth.  Most definitely within the public interest!).

Here is Oliver’s post below:

A few weeks ago, when thinking of interesting things I could write for this blog, I remembered a weird organisation that gathered some attention on the internet a month or two ago.

The organisation is called Straight Pride UK. It’s a strange group which believes that the tide of Gay rights has gone too far, and that now heterosexuals have become the oppressed minority. Essentially their philosophy  is spun from the same reactionary cloth as “Men’s Rights activists”  –  the notion that, having essentially run Western society for most its existence, progressive demands that Christian white straight males share some of their total grasp on power is somehow a removal of their rights.

Anyway, I wrote to Straight Pride asking that they answer some questions. Stipulating that I was “a freelance journalist”, I sent them some questions, about what they do and what they believe.

About a week later they responded with an attached document with the title “press release”. I went through the questions, corrected the horrendous grammar, and organised it so it coherently answered the questions I’d posed. I also noted that two rather pointed questions I’d asked, regarding the problem of the bullying of LGBTI youth and the nature of other “pride” movements, had not been answered. I sent them an email about this, saying that I’d give them the opportunity to respond but, if they didn’t, I’d “make it clear in the article” that they avoided the questions. They didn’t get back to me for 2 days, which I thought ample time to write two sentences.

Fully satisfied that my journalism had made them look like the arses they are, I hit the publish button, and sat back, feeling all together really pleased with myself. I called the article “It’s great to be straight… yeah”, too, which I thought acutely summed up their philosophy and referenced a mid-90s dance album I rather like.

The article gained a lot of traction, too. A friend and I put it on Reddit, and I got thousands of hits. In my short career of attempting to become a respectable journalist, it was one of the most successful things I’d done.

Then came the email from Straight Pride UK’s press officer, Nick Steiner:

“It has been brought to my attention that you have published the email that I sent you to, you did not state this in your email request, nor you did have consent to do this.

I therefore request that you take down the article that you have placed on your blog.

You have 7 days in which to do this, failing this I shall submit a DMCA to WordPress to have it removed.”

I laughed this off, and responded to the email arguing their case was absurd:

1) There was no indication on the “press release” they sent me that it was copyrighted material. Nor did they make any mention of the fact that anything they gave me was copyrighted.

2) I wrote “I’m a journalist and I’d like to ask you some questions” in my first email. If you’re a press officer and you don’t know what this means, then you really aren’t qualified to have your job.

3) In my email about the questions they didn’t answer, I made reference to “the article”. If that isn’t an indication that I’m going to publish something then I really don’t what is.

I thought this was a good enough defence, and I assumed this would all be swept under the carpet, and that their rather sad attempts to remove my article because it made them look stupid were all for naught.

I was wrong – within a few days WordPress caved to them without question, removing my article and telling me if I tried to publish it again I’d be suspended, but that I could challenge the takedown of my article. I responded that yes, I very much would like to, and was emailed a form I’d have to fill in. One of the requirements was that I “consent to local federal court jurisdiction, or if overseas, to an appropriate judicial body”.

I’m a student. I don’t have the money, time, or patience to go through with potentially having to go to court over this. All in all, I just could not be bothered to challenge the decision.

So I accepted the takedown, feeling thoroughly shit about myself.

Then I get another email from Straight Pride UK, which pissed me off even more. They demanded I take down the material (which I had) but also that I:

“…remove all references to Straight Pride UK, The Straight Forward Project, along with images, and links, from your Blog.”

Ok.

So not content with forcing me to eat a shit sandwich on dubious grounds by making me take down my work, they now demand that I never write anything about them again. Are these people kidding? Who the hell do they think they are that they can simply demand that I not write about them again, in an email with the pointedly sinister name of their solicitors at the bottom?

This, for me, was the final straw, and why I decided to write this article.

Because I find it absurd that this silly little group can simply demand that remove all my references to them because it makes them look bad. What are they afraid of? Their views make them look stupid enough, why the need to so aggressively bully and harass me? Why do they care so much?

And are they so cowardly that an article criticising them is enough to attempt to pursue a tenuous legal case against the author?

It really boggles the mind.

Update: Having published this article this morning, Straight Pride responded with their usual response to criticism, tweeting:

Could you please take that down @OliverHotham we have contacted @wordpressdotcom Thanks, Nick

— Straight Pride (@StraightPrideUK) August 12, 2013

and hilariously describing me as “not a official journalist” (whatever that means):

Your not a official journalist @OliverHotham – If you could remove it please or I can ask @wordpressdotcom to. Thanks, Nick

— Straight Pride (@StraightPrideUK) August 12, 2013

But it was too late for Straight Pride UK. My article prompted an incredible storm on Twitter, with some even tracking down my original article in web archives and publishing it. My article got hundreds of retweets and reblogs, and any attempts by Straight Pride UK to take it down now will accomplish nothing.

The internet really can be amazing, and I want to thank everybody for their support and good will.

Keep up the good fight everyone!

Article kindly reprinted with the permission of Oliver Hotham.

(PS feel free to head over to Oliver’s blog and have a comment over there as well – I’m sure he’ll be interested to hear from you!).

I sincerely hope that your current behaviour brings about the publicity (read exposé) that you wanted for your movement / group / ideology – whatever it’s supposed to be.

Amazingly, a decade on, people still haven’t heard of the Streisand Effect.  Seriously.