- Front page comparing transsexual to pantomime dame pulled
- Former boxing promoter attempted to commit suicide
- Echoes of U-turn over ‘Bonkers Bruno’ splash
The Sun have quietly dropped a front page headline comparing a transsexual woman to a pantomime dame. Kellie Maloney — formerly the boxing promoter Frank Maloney — had attempted to taker her own life over the turmoil prompted by her condition.
“Frankly I Don’t Give A Dame / Sex-op Maloney Defiant” had been swapped out for “Maloney: I tried to kill myself / Sex-op Legend’s Agony”. The move was likely prompted by the sympathetic coverage, errrr, everywhere else — including at red top rival Sunday Mirror who ran a column on ‘facts and myths about transsexualism’.
The lead of the story has also been ditched. At 10pm it read:
“Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney has taken a swipe at “idiots” who criticised his plans to have a sex-change op.
“The 61-year old dad of thee announced he was born “in the wrong body” and is now living as a woman called Kellie.
The paper have swapped this for a more sympathetic intro focusing on her attempted attempted suicide, with Tom Barnes joining James Beal on the byline:
“Ex-boxing promoter Frank Maloney considered suicide while trying to cope with a secret life as a woman, it was revealed last night.
“The 61 year-old dad of three — now living as Kellie while awaiting a sex op — is said to have taken a cocktail of booze and pills.
It’s poignant that one of the paper’s most notorious mis-steps — in which ‘Sad [Frank] Bruno in Mental Health Home’ was substituted for ‘Bonkers Bruno Locked Up’ — was also related to boxing.