On Sunday 10th February, the campaigners at the No More Page 3 HQ encouraged supporters, “to tweet Rupert Murdoch and tell him yourself, in your very own words why you think it is time Page 3 was consigned to history”.
Immediately Murdoch, owner of The Sun newspaper, was bombarded with messages of people explaining their reasons for why Page 3 should end. Examples include the argument that, “page three is outdated and makes [sic] me embarrassed to be a man when I see other blokes looking at it in public” and that it, “objectifies and demeans women and by doing so demeans men too”.
The “NoMorePage3” #hashtag received an incredible amount of responses and just proves that everyday people working together can make a difference. Karen Mason tweeted Murdoch that afternoon saying, “Seriously, we are all so over page 3 – it is so last century!” and was successful in receiving a reply from the owner himself; Rupert Murdoch responded with, “page three so last century! You maybe [sic] right, don’t know but considering. Perhaps halfway house with glamorous fashionistas.”
Despite this incredible step forward for the No More Page 3 campaign, the next day Murdoch tried to play down his response by claiming that, “So Page 3 tweet is breaking news… Typical OTT reaction by the UK PC crew. Just considering, as we do every page daily Buy it and see…..” Although Murdoch may be trying to cover his back, the support for the campaign has never been better – adding around 15000 signatures in just four days is incredible progress, and the number of supporters is still increasing.
If you believe that news is not the place for boobs and that it’s time to take a stand, then join the campaign now.
By Meaghan Spencer
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