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The Sun choosing to out a gay nurse as a porn star shows how morally bankrupt they are

The Sun choosing to out a gay nurse as a porn star shows how morally bankrupt they are

The Sun newspaper removes article outing gay nurse

Nasty, gutter-press red-top The Sun just outed a newly-qualified nurse as a former porn star, for no other reason than because they could.

Showing stunning disregard for the young man’s privacy and his new career, and giving absolutely no justification for publishing the ‘expose’ in the first place, The Sun not only announced both the guy’s real and stage names, but made sure to include plenty of shots of his face, so we, the public, could be in no way confused as to exactly who he was.

As if it matters.

This young man, who I’m not going to name, chose to spend thousands of pounds and years of his life training for a thankless, underpaid and incredibly stressful job caring for other people. For that he should be applauded. I certainly couldn’t do what he does for a living, and I don’t care what he gets up to in his own time. It’s certainly not my place, or yours, and certainly not that morally-bankrupt-rag-that’s-not-fit-to-wrap-my-chips-after-a-messy-night-out’s place to judge him on what he does to pay the bills.

He could be starring in the nastiest, most hardcore films you can imagine, and as long as he has a shower and makes it to work on time, it wouldn’t matter. Hell, it would actually give us something interesting to talk about while he’s sticking a needle in me, or whatever.

And even if such an article were in the public interest (it isn’t), this nasty little article is dripping with implied shame. He ‘confessed”’to hospital bosses, despite having committed no crime other than enjoying sex enough to want to star in adult films.

That’s really the crux of this piece – the underlying notion that, as a gay man, his sex life is somehow shameful (it isn’t) and that it somehow reflects on his ability to look after sick people (it doesn’t).

What’s more, pretty much every medical professional you’ll ever meet has had sex. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, and it certainly doesn’t affect their ability to do their job.

The only shameful aspect of this whole thing is The Sun attempting to ruin a young man’s career for absolutely no reason. That’s the only part of this that we should care about, and we should be angry.

UPDATE: The Sun has since quietly removed their story for legal reasons.

It would be nice to think they saw the error of their ways, and punished the author, but the conspicuous absence of an apology to the young man whose career they attempted to scupper for no other reason than to generate a few more clicks on their site tells a different story.

Removing an article that generates negative publicity is not the same as apologising for thinking it was a good idea to write it in the first place. While the symptom may have been removed, the underlying illness of homophobia that permeates that rag continues. Little steps, I suppose.

Scott Flashheart is a writer, film critic and a host of the Probably True podcast. You can follow him on Twitter.