An infuriated Owen Jones stormed out of Sky News on-air last night after presenter Mark Longhurst told the writer that people should “delineate” between homophobia and Islamic terror in describing Saturday night’s shooting in an Orlando gay night club, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
But to mark the two as distinct from one another, and to subsequently hone in on Islamic extremism only, argued Jones, is to erase the explicit targeting of queer lives that took place at gay Florida nightclub, Pulse.
Jones, a gay journalist, took Longhurst to task, throwing his arms up after Longhurst said: “You cannot say this is a worse attack than what happened in Paris.” He ripped off his mic and stormed off the set of Sky News’ nightly review, where he appeared with talk radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer.
Gay rights veteran Peter Tatchell tells the Mirror, “The line of questioning put to Owen Jones would never have been put to a black or Jewish person if one of their venues had been attacked in this way.”
Labour shadow minister Caroline Flint and comedian Matt Lucas were also quick to come to Jones’ aid, along with Labour MP Stella Creasy, who said she was “horrified” by Jones’ treatment and utterly dismissive line of questioning.
Watch the interview, below: