Hove woman persuades Murdoch to reconsider page 3

Hove woman persuades Murdoch to reconsider page 3

Hove woman persuades Murdoch to reconsider page 3

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Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is to consider axing The Sun’s long-running Page 3 feature – because of the efforts of a 36-year-old from Hove.

Lucy Holmes posted a petition on the campaigning website Change.org in September last year.

Now, just six months down the line, she has 80,000 signatures calling for the end of topless pictures in the paper.

But perhaps her campaign’s greatest scoop came earlier this week when a speculative Tweet was sent to the newspaper’s owner – and one of the richest men in the world – Rupert Murdoch.

On February 10, campaigners messaged the tycoon: “#nomorepage3.

“Seriously, we are all so over page 3 - it is so last century!”

Like so many of their previous attempts they presumed their calls would fall on deaf ears.

But just minutes later the Australian responded: “page three so last century! You may be right, don’t know but considering.

“Perhaps halfway house with glamorous fashionistas.”

Lucy said: "We’re obviously happy that Rupert Murdoch is thinking about this issue – we’ve said from the start that this isn’t about legislation or censorship but about the top people at The Sun getting to grips with the outdated and sexist nature of Page 3.”

The writer and actor set up the No More Page 3 campaign in response to the dearth of sportswomen in the tabloids following the London Olympics.

In the months since, she has gathered support from across the world including famous faces such as Tony Blair’s right-hand man Alastair Campbell, singer Eliza Doolittle and comedian Jennifer Saunders.

In an open letter to The Sun’s editor, Dominic Mohan, she said: “George Alagiah doesn’t say, ‘And now let’s look at Courtney, 21, from Warrington’s, bare breasts,’ in the middle of the 6 o’clock news, does he, Dominic?

“And you shouldn’t show the naked breasts of young women in your widely read ‘family’ newspaper either.”

Page 3 has been a feature of the paper since November 1970.

Bosses at Change.org have said that 15,000 people have signed the petition since the Murdoch tweet, making it one of the most popular on the site.

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3:17pm Fri 15 Feb 13

tooned_in says...

there are so many newspapers to choose from and people know what the sun has to offer, personally I do not buy it beacuse it seems to think that celebrities constitute news, a view I do not share but on the other hand if its been a feature for 42 yrs then surely that speaks volumes....remove it and paper sales will probably go down 80%.

If it offends you then dont buy it...simple
there are so many newspapers to choose from and people know what the sun has to offer, personally I do not buy it beacuse it seems to think that celebrities constitute news, a view I do not share but on the other hand if its been a feature for 42 yrs then surely that speaks volumes....remove it and paper sales will probably go down 80%. If it offends you then dont buy it...simple tooned_in
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3:18pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Cave Johnson says...

I think you'll find it is as a result of people complaining for 30+ years! So if there is a change then it will have very little to do with this campaign, and more to do with changing attitudes and outcry over a very long time.
I think you'll find it is as a result of people complaining for 30+ years! So if there is a change then it will have very little to do with this campaign, and more to do with changing attitudes and outcry over a very long time. Cave Johnson
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3:39pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

I have absolutely no idea why any normal, intelligent person would read The Sun, so the conclusion must be that it's read by people of very limited intelligence.
I have absolutely no idea why any normal, intelligent person would read The Sun, so the conclusion must be that it's read by people of very limited intelligence. Ballroom Blitz
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3:45pm Fri 15 Feb 13

tooned_in says...

good point blitz personally I dont care about wayne rooney's hair, what cheryl cole is wearing or who jordan is dating now!
good point blitz personally I dont care about wayne rooney's hair, what cheryl cole is wearing or who jordan is dating now! tooned_in
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3:45pm Fri 15 Feb 13

BURIRAM says...

I am normal and as a head teacher would be classed as quite intelligent, I read the Sun.
I am normal and as a head teacher would be classed as quite intelligent, I read the Sun. BURIRAM
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3:57pm Fri 15 Feb 13

tooned_in says...

tell us the school...we'll be the judge of that!...
tell us the school...we'll be the judge of that!... tooned_in
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4:06pm Fri 15 Feb 13

qm says...

BURIRAM wrote:
I am normal and as a head teacher would be classed as quite intelligent, I read the Sun.
That's like saying "I'm a pig and I can fly", and we haven't got near April yet . . .
[quote][p][bold]BURIRAM[/bold] wrote: I am normal and as a head teacher would be classed as quite intelligent, I read the Sun.[/p][/quote]That's like saying "I'm a pig and I can fly", and we haven't got near April yet . . . qm
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4:15pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Crystal Ball says...

Teeth out for the lads.
Teeth out for the lads. Crystal Ball
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4:41pm Fri 15 Feb 13

qm says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Teeth out for the lads.
Oh thank you :))
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Teeth out for the lads.[/p][/quote]Oh thank you :)) qm
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4:50pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Man With No Name says...

I don't read the sun or care about page 3 but I really don't understand why someone would bother spending any effort on trying to remove it. I can't imagine anyone is forced to be on page 3 or forced to read it either. Surely there must be something more worthwhile to care about?.... They are only breasts.
I don't read the sun or care about page 3 but I really don't understand why someone would bother spending any effort on trying to remove it. I can't imagine anyone is forced to be on page 3 or forced to read it either. Surely there must be something more worthwhile to care about?.... They are only breasts. Man With No Name
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4:54pm Fri 15 Feb 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Why give this odious scum paper the publicity
It is a dinosaur along with it's readers No news and publishes offensive rubbish.
Should have been shut with the News Of the World.
JFT96 Boycott The Scum.
Why give this odious scum paper the publicity It is a dinosaur along with it's readers No news and publishes offensive rubbish. Should have been shut with the News Of the World. JFT96 Boycott The Scum. upsidedowntuctuc
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5:39pm Fri 15 Feb 13

hammerfan says...

Judging by the way she fails to fill that tee shirt I think she is jealous! No one has to buy the Sun so why try to ban something which is optional!
Judging by the way she fails to fill that tee shirt I think she is jealous! No one has to buy the Sun so why try to ban something which is optional! hammerfan
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6:19pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Nathan AdIer says...

Perhaps if this stupid feminist had a set of fun bags worth bragging about, she wouldn't be on her high horse.

Boobs - who cares?
Perhaps if this stupid feminist had a set of fun bags worth bragging about, she wouldn't be on her high horse. Boobs - who cares? Nathan AdIer
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7:04pm Fri 15 Feb 13

censored says...

Lucy looks quite pretty. Wonder what her tits are like?
Lucy looks quite pretty. Wonder what her tits are like? censored
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7:12pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Freeloaders says...

tooned_in wrote:
there are so many newspapers to choose from and people know what the sun has to offer, personally I do not buy it beacuse it seems to think that celebrities constitute news, a view I do not share but on the other hand if its been a feature for 42 yrs then surely that speaks volumes....remove it and paper sales will probably go down 80%.

If it offends you then dont buy it...simple
What an outstanding post.If it offends you don't buy it."Outstanding."Som
etimes i may buy it still for the football on a monday,its still one of the best for sport.Anyway can this women please get them to stop Pride.Now that really does offend me.
[quote][p][bold]tooned_in[/bold] wrote: there are so many newspapers to choose from and people know what the sun has to offer, personally I do not buy it beacuse it seems to think that celebrities constitute news, a view I do not share but on the other hand if its been a feature for 42 yrs then surely that speaks volumes....remove it and paper sales will probably go down 80%. If it offends you then dont buy it...simple[/p][/quote]What an outstanding post.If it offends you don't buy it."Outstanding."Som etimes i may buy it still for the football on a monday,its still one of the best for sport.Anyway can this women please get them to stop Pride.Now that really does offend me. Freeloaders
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7:22pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Freeloaders says...

hammerfan wrote:
Judging by the way she fails to fill that tee shirt I think she is jealous! No one has to buy the Sun so why try to ban something which is optional!
Yet again outstanding.Why does she not go out and do something that really will help young women.Like getting something done about young women selling their bodys in western road Hove to buy drugs.I spoke with a young page 3 girl at christmas party a little while back.She told me her and her friends love doing page 3,and it helps to open many doors in their future life.Like her she now runs a dance school in london.
[quote][p][bold]hammerfan[/bold] wrote: Judging by the way she fails to fill that tee shirt I think she is jealous! No one has to buy the Sun so why try to ban something which is optional![/p][/quote]Yet again outstanding.Why does she not go out and do something that really will help young women.Like getting something done about young women selling their bodys in western road Hove to buy drugs.I spoke with a young page 3 girl at christmas party a little while back.She told me her and her friends love doing page 3,and it helps to open many doors in their future life.Like her she now runs a dance school in london. Freeloaders
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8:17pm Fri 15 Feb 13

lorrie1 says...

The woman in the pic needs to buy a couple of copies and stick them in her bra! ha,ha,ha jelousy will get you knowhere!
The woman in the pic needs to buy a couple of copies and stick them in her bra! ha,ha,ha jelousy will get you knowhere! lorrie1
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9:04am Sat 16 Feb 13

Juleyanne says...

Some may forget, but they did eventually feature Page 7 fellas. However, men generally don't have boobs or as they call them 'moobs' and thankfully nothing else was allowed to be displayed!
Some may forget, but they did eventually feature Page 7 fellas. However, men generally don't have boobs or as they call them 'moobs' and thankfully nothing else was allowed to be displayed! Juleyanne
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9:13am Sat 16 Feb 13

hammerfan says...

The Sun is the biggest selling newspaper in the free world! Someone must buy them. It is condescending to say that every Sun reader is subnormal. I have two grown up sons. My wife and I did not want our boys to have inhibitions about sex. We talked to them about it from an early age.
Page 3 was a handy aid in this matter.
Do you want to return to Victoria values where even piano legs were covered?
It is bad enough with religious extremists trying to tell us what we can and can't do. I wish the Politically correct and feminists would use the very censorship rules they want to impose on us upon themselves and belt up!
The Sun is the biggest selling newspaper in the free world! Someone must buy them. It is condescending to say that every Sun reader is subnormal. I have two grown up sons. My wife and I did not want our boys to have inhibitions about sex. We talked to them about it from an early age. Page 3 was a handy aid in this matter. Do you want to return to Victoria values where even piano legs were covered? It is bad enough with religious extremists trying to tell us what we can and can't do. I wish the Politically correct and feminists would use the very censorship rules they want to impose on us upon themselves and belt up! hammerfan
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11:22am Sat 16 Feb 13

nosolution says...

Some people just love a moral campaign whereby they can see themselves as morally superiour to others...
Some people just love a moral campaign whereby they can see themselves as morally superiour to others... nosolution
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11:29am Sat 16 Feb 13

redwing says...

Man With No Name wrote:
I don't read the sun or care about page 3 but I really don't understand why someone would bother spending any effort on trying to remove it. I can't imagine anyone is forced to be on page 3 or forced to read it either. Surely there must be something more worthwhile to care about?.... They are only breasts.
I'm not sure all the babies throughout the world lucky enough to have mothers breastfeeding them would agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]Man With No Name[/bold] wrote: I don't read the sun or care about page 3 but I really don't understand why someone would bother spending any effort on trying to remove it. I can't imagine anyone is forced to be on page 3 or forced to read it either. Surely there must be something more worthwhile to care about?.... They are only breasts.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure all the babies throughout the world lucky enough to have mothers breastfeeding them would agree with you. redwing
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4:52pm Sat 16 Feb 13

whereisthe...? says...

Wow what an egotistical woman! Headline should read "Attention seeker with issues claims responsibility for not particularly important (and hypocritical) hollow victory".


Another typical "lovely" Brighton lass.


Urgh.


No cry from the feminists who claim they want equality over half naked men plastered all over women's gossip mags I see.


Or over nearly naked male models used to sell everything, everywhere. No, just a short-sighted focus on the 'me, me, me' issues. What a surprise. No outcry either during the run of the 'page 7 fella'. And net there'll be another whining, confused person calling themselves a 'feminist' complaining about how she 'can't' dress how she wants (ie, hardly any clothes, shoving it down our throats, even though she is just shopping at the local Tesco's).



Absolutely pathetic. Time we stopped giving in to the whims of messed up people just cause they 'claim' to be a feminist. Genuine feminism is a broad church with many different views. Why do we always pay attention only to the trivial, hypocritical extremes.....?!
Wow what an egotistical woman! Headline should read "Attention seeker with issues claims responsibility for not particularly important (and hypocritical) hollow victory". Another typical "lovely" Brighton lass. Urgh. No cry from the feminists who claim they want equality over half naked men plastered all over women's gossip mags I see. Or over nearly naked male models used to sell everything, everywhere. No, just a short-sighted focus on the 'me, me, me' issues. What a surprise. No outcry either during the run of the 'page 7 fella'. And net there'll be another whining, confused person calling themselves a 'feminist' complaining about how she 'can't' dress how she wants (ie, hardly any clothes, shoving it down our throats, even though she is just shopping at the local Tesco's). Absolutely pathetic. Time we stopped giving in to the whims of messed up people just cause they 'claim' to be a feminist. Genuine feminism is a broad church with many different views. Why do we always pay attention only to the trivial, hypocritical extremes.....?! whereisthe...?
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