The #MeToo movement claims another… former doyen of the Lobby and top Guardianista Sir Michael White has been accused of smacking a young female journalist on the bottom. Angella Johnson, a feature writer at the Mail on Sunday, tweets:
Mike does not deny the charge, claims he too is a victim and says Angella should have taken it as a compliment:
Remember Mike thinks it is actually female journalists who are the predators. “Much younger”? He’s only been married a few decades…
24 year-old Jared O’Mara fancied himself as a bit of a rock star player and used a forum on his band’s website to try his luck with imagined groupies. In messages to followers of his band Dirty Rotten Troubadours, O’Mara told one female user: “Don’t worry luv. I’ll lay on your rack any day (double entendre intended!)”. The conversation turned to what Jared looks for in a groupie…
O’Mara went on to boast that “pretty young girls want me”, continuing his obsession with teenagers.
He told his band’s followers that he only sleeps with “pretty” women who share his principled political positions: “any girl that would like to make whopee with me must be passionate about charity and the fight against social injustice”. He only sleeps with feminists? That may not be a successful strategy for him in future…
UPDATE:This is Jared’s old account on the Arctic Monkeys forum. Writing when he was 25 years old O’Mara described himself as a “Dirty perv who dreams of bumming birds”, posted “I just wanna get drunk and chase some skirt” and joins in with other users leering at photos of naked women. Another user asks him what age girls he prefers – he replies “legal“. This account is registered to his email address.
Jared O’Mara wrote about “sexy little slags” and “teenage girls” being “fingered”, Guido can reveal. In an early music review of the Arctic Monkeys posted in his name when he was in his mid-twenties, O’Mara described the band’s guitarist, writing that “teenage girls” will “take him home” to experience his “quick fingered dexterity”.
O’Mara went on to describe the gig, and how in his words “sexy little slags” danced to the band’s songs. The Arctic Monkeys have a lyric “sexy little swine” – it appears Jared adapted the words to fit his obsession with sexualising teenage girls. This was all written in the year that he was first selected as a Labour candidate, when he was in his mid-twenties, much older than the teenagers he publicly objectified, and old enough to know better than to call young women “slags“. Corbynistas are now joining centrists calling for Jared to go, will Jez finally act?
Day three: Jared O’Mara is quoted as making another series of very lewd comments about women on online music message boards. Warning: the comments are not the sort of thing we would usually publish on a family blog. Talking about a band in his local Sheffield, his review described:
“a rhythm section that’s tighter than your mother was when I took her virginity all those years ago”
… and concluded that listening to the band in question was
“even better than receiving fellatio from the beautifully pert lips and wet mouth of Angelina Jolie”
Jared’s mindset is one that normalises the objectification of women in an extremely degrading away. The review was posted in O’Mara’s name in 2009 – 5 years after he first stood as a Labour candidate – on a Drowned in Sound message board, referencing his role at Know Your Onion Promotions. This was eight years ago when Jared was 28 years old. That ‘journey’ of his had quite a few stops along the way…
Jared O’Mara says he is a reformed character and that he made his sexist and homophobic comments years ago. Yet he stands accused of calling a constituent an “ugly bitch” just eight months ago, weeks before he was elected. Sophie Evans, a pub worker from Sheffield, claims O’Mara made the comment to her at a music venue where he was DJ-ing in March this year. Sophie recounted her version of events to Guido over the phone:
“I met him on the dating app Happn in August last year. I was chatting to him, he seemed alright and I met up with him once but it was obvious nothing was going to be going on with him. He’s the DJ for West Street Live so I saw him from time to time. In March this year I was out with my friend. There was a bit of an incident. My friend was standing in front of the DJ booth and Jared kicked her coat out of the way… I joked that the DJ had a problem with me because I turned him down… He just flipped, we were having an alright conversation then he just stepped back, looked at me and went “I wouldn’t touch you with a manky woman’s c*ck you ugly b*tch.”
This wasn’t 15 years ago, it was this year. The reason Guido has been digging into O’Mara’s views is because of comments he made just a few months ago. Is he really reformed?
Jared O’Mara has released a statement following Guido’s revelations this morning:
“These comments were posted years ago, with no offence intended. I apologise for any caused.”
No offence intended? Eh? He said he wanted an orgy with Girls Aloud, that overweight women don’t deserve respect and called for a musician to be “sodomised” to death. Classic apology only for “offence caused”… is it enough to keep his place on the Women’s and Equalities committee?
UPDATE:Jared has released a second, more unequivocal statement:
“I am deeply ashamed of the comments I made online, which have emerged today. I was wrong to make them; I understand why they are offensive and sincerely apologise for my use of such unacceptable language. I made the comments as a young man, at a particularly difﬁcult time in my life, but that is no excuse. Misogyny is a deep problem in our society. Since making those comments 15 years ago, I have learned about inequalities of power and how violent language perpetuates them. I continue to strive to be a better man and work where I can to confront misogyny, which is why I’m so proud to sit on the Women and Equalities Select Committee. I will continue to engage with, and crucially learn from, feminist and other equalities groups so as an MP I can do whatever I can to tackle misogyny.”
The Tories and LibDems are sticking the boot into Jared O’Mara following Guido’s stories this morning. Women2Win’s Resham Kotecha asks: “How do we end up with people like this in our Parliament and responsible for equalities?”. Meanwhile LibDem peer Lord Scriven, a Sheffield local, says:
“It seems like a nasty pattern of sexist language and misogyny is developing from the Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam. He clearly isn’t fit to sit on the Women and Equalities Committee. He must stand down from that committee immediately and if he doesn’t, Jeremy Corbyn must take action to remove him. Having spoken to voters in Sheffield Hallam they are beginning to question what kind of MP he is.”
Some irony that Jared sits on the Women’s and Equalities committee…
This morning Guido revealed Labour MP Jared O’Mara asked Girls Aloud for an “orgy“. This is the guy who was accused of calling a woman “an ugly bitch” and once performed a song with the chorus “I wish I were a misogynist, I’d smash her in the face”. It gets worse…
Guido can reveal that O’Mara once wrote a rant about “fat” women on an internet message board. O’Mara criticised the overweight, calling them “fatties“, claiming they are “deified” in the West and saying they do not “deserve our respect“. He added that Pop Idol’s Michelle McManus “only won because she was fat“:
“She only won because she was fat. Ipso facto…. I also dislike the prevailing western tendency to deify fatties… There is nothing noble or admirable about glutting on loads of fatty foods and making yourself obese and ill. The only fat people out there who deserve our respect are those who are fat not because of a poor diet/lifestyle, but because of a genuine medical condition. As far as I know, Michelle is not amongst that number.”
Is another Labour MP going to have to apologise for Everyday Sexism?
Three days after Clive Lewis was forced to apologise for sexist comments, Guido can reveal another Labour MP once asked Girls Aloud for an “orgy“. Readers will remember Jared O’Mara, the new MP for Sheffield Hallam who was accused of calling a woman “an ugly bitch” and once performed a song with the chorus “I wish I were a misogynist, I’d smash her in the face”. O’Mara’s women problem does not end there. In his mid-twenties he was a regular poster on the message boards of music website Drowned in Sound. Here’s his profile:
Using this profile, O’Mara once wrote a mock “advice column” for the band Girls Aloud. His “advice” was that Nicola, Cheryl, Nadine and Kimberley should “come have an orgy with me”. When another user wrote that they would not invite “the whiny ginger one” to take part, O’Mara replied: “At least send the ginge round mine”.
This is now the third sexism row involving O’Mara. Guido can tell you it won’t be the last. Another Corbynista brocialist…
“Completely wrong, he should never have said it, completely unacceptable comments. He has apologised, I’ve been in touch with him, he’s been in touch with me to apologise personally to me and it’s a message to everybody that this kind of language is not acceptable in any circumstances, any time.”
Though since Clive has spent the day liking tweets defending him, doesn’t sound like he means his apology.
Latest from the Corbynista brocialists – a video has emerged of Clive Lewis on stage at a Momentum event telling an audience member “Get on your knees, b*tch”. Don’t let Harriet Harman hear you talk like that…
UPDATE:Tory MP Mims Davies says this is “astounding inappropriate language” and calls for Clive to be sent on an “urgent training course”.
UPDATE II: This is going down very badly. Nus Ghani condemns Lewis for “Disgusting sexist attitudes” and asks Jess Phillips, Yvette Cooper and Harriet Harman: “Whose side are you on? Do you stand with him?”
UPDATE III: Women2Win’s Resham Kotecha: “There is *NO* context where this language & connotations are ok. We’re fighting for equality in politics & you talk like this?!” Greg Hands adds: “There’s always been an unpleasant misogynism in the Hard Left, but this is particularly repellent from a senior Labour MP.”
A Czech nuclear power plant operator has apologised for using a bikini contest to choose its next intern. Power generation conglomerate CEZ had 10 bikini-clad high school graduates pose in a cooling tower of its Temelin nuclear power plant with the most popular following a Facebook vote winning a 14 day internship at the plant. A local TV station covered the finals:
In a press release CEZ likened the photoshoot to its previous cultural enrichment programs, such as hosting the Bohemian Philharmonic at the plant in South Bohemia. They said the experience was greatly enjoyed by the girls, who were required for safety reasons to wear hard hats and enclosed shoes at all times in the Czech Republic’s largest power station.
Gaia thinks this is yet another terrible case of everyday sexism…
The Class War representative on the Daily Politics took his life into his own hands when he bravely decided to call Julia-Hartley Brewer “sweetheart“. Apparently he said something much ruder to her off air too. And then claimed he supported the Suffragettes. Everyday sexism…
At one point he said he was homeless, later he said he left the Guy Fawkes protest and “went home” because it was boring. Strange.