Articles on news websites can easily be taken down or reworded due to certain issues but sometimes it can be too late as people have already been sharing them on their social media. A certain publication in the UK came under fire recently for an article that has since been deleted.
Two things have been trending recently on Twitter which are #DontBuyTheSun and “Death of Mr Ugly” and that’s because The Sun, a tabloid from the UK, received a lot of backlash for the insensitive way it broke news of the death of a man who suffered from body dysmorphia.
My brother killed himself, he suffered from body dysmorphia, they ran a story with the headline "Death of Mr Ugly" #dontbuythesun
— Andrew Jackson (@andyjax63) March 19, 2022
It was reported that the website recently published an article with the headline, “Death of Mr Ugly” about a man who committed suicide due to body dysmorphia. The brother of the deceased man, Andrew Jackson took to twitter to express his dissatisfaction with how the website broke the news. The tweet has gained 87.7k likes, 2.3k replies and 10.4k retweets.
Netizen’s responded to Andrew’s tweet offering condolences to him and sharing their displeasure with the publication by using the hashtag #DontBuyTheSun. The article in question is no where to be seen on The Sun’s website due to it being deleted or edited.
For your information, body dysmorphia is a mental health condition in which a person spends a lot of time worrying about the flaws in their appearance but these flaws are often unnoticeable to others. Body dysmorphic disorder is most common in teenagers and young adults and it affects both men and women.
So far, The Sun has not made any official statement regarding the article nor have they issued an apology to the public or to the family members of the deceased. This isn’t the first time The Sun has caused an outrage for an article.
Back in July 2003, the publication released a front-page story titled ‘Swan Bake’, alleging that asylum seekers were slaughtering and eating swans. It was later revealed to be untrue, one netizen tweeted.
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