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In the wake of the soccer WAGs Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy epic feud, where Rooney accused Vardy of leaking her private Instagram posts to the Sun, the hashtag #dontbuythesun trended once again.
Forget Coleen Rooney or Rebekah Vardy. The problem here is the people who own, work for, write for or buy and read the Sun. All facilitating something which does untold damage to people's lives and to society as a whole. #dontbuythesun— Rob Gant (@Bobby_Gant) October 9, 2019
For those not in the know, the Sun—Britain’s best-selling newspaper and popularly nicknamed “the Scum”—is a tabloid with a controversial reputation, which includes a long history of xenophobia, racism, and questionable journalistic practices.
It really is time to stop this poisonous rag doing more damage to the UK.— StrongerStabler (@StrongerStabler) October 9, 2019
Convince your newsagents, petition your friends & family - Let's stop Rupert Murdoch and tThe Sun #dontbuythesun #totaleclipseofthesun pic.twitter.com/VM3V7O2P4J
Who in the hell is still buying this filthy rag? It’s 2019.. there’s actual news out there.. This should’ve died in the 90’s (And I’m being generous)#dontbuythesun— Mr Cheeky - Beard wearer #FBPE #FBR (@TheCheekys) October 9, 2019
Always nice to see #dontbuythesun trending. Which fuckwits still buy and read it?— Tom Eyre (@TomEyre78) October 9, 2019
Best known for its appalling coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, a football match where 96 people were killed and 766 more injured in the Liverpool stands, the Sun chose to blame those fans for the deaths rather than the local police who failed to enact appropriate crowd control measures.
Its coverage included false allegations against the fans, smearing them as hooligans, and accusing them of attacking the police and urinating on the victims. The result of which has been an almost city-wide boycott of the newspaper ever since, with many Liverpudlians even burning any copy they’re given for free.
Local spar tried offering me a free newspaper guess which one?..— BANGONDOOR (@BANGONDOOR) October 7, 2019
Yes the S** looks like a lot were piled on the floor as each one has to be logged that are rejected.. #dontbuythesun or take a free one they're desperate to riddle your brains with shit for news..
Naturally, Liverpudlians and football fans permeated the hashtag, with many wondering what took everybody else so long.
Today my apprentice got me a free copy of The Sun from the petrol station. I had to very politely educate him as to why, as a Liverpool fan, I found it offensive. I also told him if he ever got me one again I would shove it where The Sun dont shine. #dontbuythesun— coddy (@bigcodfish) October 9, 2019
The paper’s history of racism was also featured prominently in the renewed movement, with a reminder of the infamous article by provocateur Katie Hopkins in which she referred to migrants as “cockroaches” and “feral humans” who were “spreading like norovirus.”
Hopkins and the paper were condemned by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, which said the language compared to that used in the lead-up to the Rwandan genocide.
@UN #HumanRights Chief urges #UK to tackle tabloid hate speech, after migrants called “cockroaches” https://t.co/O60bSaLZpi #BritainGetTalking #BritainsGotTalent #Britain #TheSun #DailyNews #DailyRacist #dontbuythesun #StopFundingHate #racism— Inan Guden (@gudeninan) October 6, 2019
Don't understand why anyone reads this racist idiotic hateful rag #dontbuythesun— Éowyn (@lovegen19) October 9, 2019
#dontbuythesun— Pete - MSM don't fool me -#FBPE #REJOINEU (@Lurchtheperch) October 9, 2019
Never normally read The Scum but was in a café the other day and it was the only rag available. The amount of lies and vile blatant racism in it was disgraceful.#dontbuythesun it is a piece of sh*t
The treatment of Ben Stokes and now Gareth Thomas is more proof that @TheSun is a disgusting, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, horrific and destructive entity - everyone who has any affiliation with it should hang their head in shame. Shut it down. #dontbuythesun #boycotthesun— Baker (@thebakerstron) September 18, 2019
There were also references to the multiple phone-hacking scandals the Sun has been implicated in, with some suggesting that maybe Vardy really didn’t leak the stories and that the Sun hacked her Instagram instead.
You don't think it's possible that a rag who was the sister paper of a rag that hacked a dead girl's phone could have hacked an Instagram account belonging to @RebekahVardy#dontbuythesun#dontbelievethesun— Red Fanatic (@tomented_one) October 9, 2019
The Sun yet again troll news by deception. Don't believe for a minute that the Vardy camp sold stories to @TheSun I don't have any trouble believing @TheSun— Red Fanatic (@tomented_one) October 9, 2019
and set up @colleenrooney#dontbuythesun
A couple of Twitter users did think of one reason to buy the Sun—Brexit is coming and with it a potential shortage of toilet paper.
#dontbuythesun is trending. But if there really is a post-Brexit toilet paper shortage, there may be no alternative.— Philip Hodgson (@bpusability) October 9, 2019
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org