Doug Stanhope’s right to die opinions draw ire due to ‘vile misogynist’ comment

By | March 16, 2012 at 11:01 am | 16 comments | feature slider, News | Tags: , ,

Over the past day, comedian Doug Stanhope has fallen out of favor with some UK media watchers. The reason is simple: he called Telegraph journalist Allison Pearson a “cunt” on his Facebook page. The details surrounding the name calling, however, are a bit more complicated.

In an editorial titled “Do any of us, however ill, have the right to die?” Pearson submits the case of Tony Nicklinson — a 53-year-old former engineer who is now paralyzed from the neck down, unable to perform the simplest of tasks (“I have no privacy or dignity left,” he says.) — in order to drive her thesis: despite what condition we’re in physically and despite our wishes, we should not call upon the government to actively allow us to die. Nicklinson wants just that– to die. And he wants to be dead now, and with the law’s blessing.

Stanhope wholly disagrees with Pearson’s opinion, and said as much on his Facebook page. “To fully understand my rage and upcoming vitriol you’ll first need to read this cunt “allisonpearson’s column,” adding the link to the Telegraph piece. And on Twitter, Stanhope writes (among other things) to Pearson, “I just went Christian just to pray you get a fetid ovarian cyst. Let me know if it works.”

Pearson quickly took to her own Twitter feed explaining that Stanhope had called her a name; she has since been getting tremendous support from her followers. This morning she tweeted,”I am investigating employers of Doug Stanhope and will be asking why they choose to hire vile misogynist [sic].” In another Tweet she asks for help writing her story: “If you know any other woman thus attacked let me know. Pls RT.”

If you’re familiar with Stanhope, you’ll know the comedian has some personally-influenced opinions about the right to die. In May of last year, he told me the story of his mother’s death, after years of struggling with disease. “My mother killed herself, and that was the single bravest thing I’ve ever seen anyone ever do,” Stanhope told me. “And it came from a scared woman. She had emphysema and was dying and drowning in her own fluids so she ate a shitload of morphine and said goodbye.”

The issue with Pearson is not over, especially since Stanhope has promised to tackle the subject onstage. He’s on tour in the UK through April 21.

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  • ring

    Pfft nothing misogynist about the word ‘cunt’ it’s just a satisfying word to use against someone you fucking hate. A cunt.

  • cunt

    Wow, so the stupid CUNT just completely misses the point and focuses on a single word that he said. What a stupid CUNT, hearing/reading a sound doesn’t mean you have been “attacked” in any way shape or form and if it offends you then you need to die of CUNT cancer.

  • aaaa

    Thanks for the cunt news.

  • Mattwinkler77

    I like that she is “investigating employers”.  I hope one of the club owners calls her a C word before they hangup on her. 

  • https://www.facebook.com/rickychavez Ricky

    Apparently shes blocking everyone that has an opinion other then hers. Some nice one sided journalism there. I tweeted on her page cause she’ll probably block me and whatnot. (Maybe one day you’ll be in endless pain and you will understand and I hope I can laugh in your face “TOO BAD SUFFER”)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/JackAndDino Jack Anddino

    Wait, he called one person a cunt and wished her ill? Get ‘em girls! He clearly hates all of you… that’s why he said Allison Pearson is a cunt. It wasn’t anything she said. It was just she happened to be in the room… in print… saying things he finds cunty. 

    How are women not more offended at the balls of this woman to assume that if he hates her, he must hate all women? Or for her crying misogyny in an attempt to rally people to her side in total disregard of what she is saying? But she’s right… I bet that any woman who says you shouldn’t get to decide when you die if you’re terminally ill he would also call a cunt… you know, because he hates women across the board. She could have written the perfect recipe for B-Complex cupcakes that cure a hangover but still taste good cause they’re made from spice cake and it hides the vitamins, and he’d still be calling her a cunt, cause that makes sense. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1701351084 Chris Bucklin

    Wait, he called one person a cunt and wished her ill? Get ‘em girls! He clearly hates all of you… that’s why he said Allison Pearson is a cunt. It wasn’t anything she said. It was just she happened to be in the room… in print… saying things he finds cunty. 

    How are women not more offended at the balls of this woman to assume that if he hates her, he must hate all women? Or for her crying misogyny in an attempt to rally people to her side in total disregard of what she is saying? But she’s right… I bet that any woman who says you shouldn’t get to decide when you die if you’re terminally ill he would also call a cunt… you know, because he hates women across the board. She could have written the perfect recipe for B-Complex cupcakes that cure a hangover but still taste good cause they’re made from spice cake and it hides the vitamins, and he’d still be calling her a cunt, cause that makes sense.

    • Juls

       hey, i’m a woman- don’t put me in the same boat with this cunt or you’re as bad as her. gender is completely irrelevant in this.

  • JM

    It’s 1 word and it only has the power we give it. Just keep playing the victim Lady

  • http://twitter.com/steelyken Kenny Kinds

    i like stanhope, but there was no need to call the woman a cunt. you can express an opinion without resorting to name calling.

  • Steve

    It’s only okay to call someone a cunt for their political views if they’re conservative right? 

    • http://twitter.com/SouthernJer Jj Brown

      Not all conservative women are cunts, but all cunts are conservative women.

  • http://tylermeznarich.com/ Tyler M.

    Doug Stanhope isn’t a misogynist because he used one word to describe a woman. A misogynist is someone who actively hates women, which I think is a hard argument to make. Stanhope is vitriolic for vitriolic sake only. Shame on her for not responding to his criticism on the subject and instead just focusing on one word. As if she was any other person (i.e. race, gender, sexuality etc.), Stanhope would shy away from calling her a name.

     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U4LXUOYAJZDGYROZPVAUWGOB7Y That guy Matt

    “She is getting tremendous support”? I am new to this story and all I see is her being eviscerated on the comments pages and on Twitter.. 

    • Dylan

       go to HER Twitter page, you goose.