One thing Johann Hari hasn’t addressed: the racist gay incest porn

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

A fuller version of this post appears at Blottr.

Johann Hari, the Independent’s disgraced columnist, issued an apology today for his rampant plagiarism and for the appalling behavior he indulged in on Wikipedia under the pseudonym “David Rose”:

In a few instances, I edited the entries of people I had clashed with in ways that were juvenile or malicious: I called one of them anti-Semitic and homophobic, and the other a drunk.

Such an admission makes the Indy’s decision not to sack Johann Hari an outrage and a scandal. His victims, who include Nick Cohen and Cristina Odone, will doubtless be consulting their lawyers tonight, if they haven’t already.

It’s also the worst thing that could possibly happen to Hari, because the remaining evidence of his antics – some of it really quite astonishing – will now begin to pour out, as I warned it would last week in the event that the Independent’s enquiry proved to be a whitewash.

But one thing Hari’s apology fails to mention – something that has not received the attention I think it merits – is the gay incest porn that was authored under the same pseudonym of David Rose and using an email address identified with Rose; an email address Rose admitted had been associated with pornographic material.

Because this pornography, a copy of which you can see here (warning: extremely graphic and disturbing content), isn’t just incest porn. It’s also racist.

The story, titled “How my little brother learned to be a whore,” describes a black man who comes to be sexually involved with his younger brother. It contains multiple references to stereotypical black behaviours, with descriptions that no black person would ever write himself.

To give but one example: “I sucked my teeth and muttered,” writes the protagonist (who is imaginatively named Leroy Jones).

I’m not going to forensically examine this disgusting piece of literature any further. Readers can judge for themselves, if they have the stomach for it.

Hari wrote an infamous article in the Guardian in 2002 defending incest. It appears that David Rose shares his enthusiasm.


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