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Middle Eastern Broadcasting Center (MBC) has been forced to apologise after it published a ‘gay list of shame’ article featuring a number of high profile names, including Daniel Radcliffe, Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan and more.
Asides from the obvious ethical issues that arise from implying to an impressionable audience that homosexuality "shameful" – or falsely "outing" famous people – the article wrongly cited the Harry Potter actor as gay, Diaz as bisexual, and incorrectly claimed that Elton John wore a wedding dress to marry his long-term partner David Furnish earlier this year.
Ricky Martin, Jodie Foster, Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris were also among those targeted in the piece.
MBC provides current affairs and entertainment news to over 150million people in the Arabic-speaking world.
The article in question appeared in a segment called 'Scoop With Raya' on the broadcaster’s website MBC.com. The segment is apparently fronted by Raya Abirached, who is a presenter for Arabs Got Talent – the Middle East’s answer to Simon Cowell’s talent show franchise.
Since the list’s publication – and in the broadcaster’s lengthy apology – MBC has gone to lengths to stress that the list was "clearly not related to neither [sic] the presenter of the show.. nor the show itself[sic]."
Instead, it blamed a junior editor who had first published it for failing to fact check properly and for plagiarizing the piece from "another Arabic website without factual verification of the article".
"One of the junior editors of the website published an article offending some of the big Hollywood celebrity names, which by no means was reflective of the sites [sic] editorial policy nor point of view, without prior verification of the facts of the story plagiarised from another official site, ultimately offending a list of popular celebrities loved and followed in the Arab world," the apology reads.
Source: The Independant
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