While Everyone Celebrates, The Daily Telegraph’s Front Page Is Salty As Hell
Keep it classy guys.
Yesterday, the people of Australia voted overwhelmingly in favour of marriage equality. Every state and territory returned a majority Yes vote. Social media was lit up with rainbows. People were partying in the streets.
How did the team at The Daily Telegraph mark the occasion? By being crazy, crazy petty about it, of course.
Here’s what their front page looked like this morning, the day after a historic civil rights victory.
Front page of The Daily Telegraph pic.twitter.com/BJjbI2r77h
— Christopher Dore (@wrongdorey) November 15, 2017
You’d think a pride flag, or a shot of the celebrations in Prince Alfred Park might be a better fit. Maybe an image of Senator Penny Wong breaking down in tears. Hell, even a photo of Malcolm Turnbull.
But no, instead they went with Al Bundy from Married with Children, the unhappiest husband in TV history. Haha, get it? Because marriage is shit. Honestly, why did same sex couples even want it?
Of course, the primary school-style trolling didn’t stop there, with the paper taking the giant “YES” that should have been on the front cover and sticking it on their back page story about the Socceroos’ victory over Honduras instead.
— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) November 15, 2017
Classy stuff guys. Real. Classy. Stuff.
For a bit of contrast, here’s what they went with at The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald.
— The Australian (@australian) November 15, 2017
Tomorrow’s front page: pic.twitter.com/DRvIc3agxh
— The Sydney Morning Herald (@smh) November 15, 2017
That’s more like it.
The Tele‘s choice of covers saw the paper cop it on social media, which seems entirely fair enough.
— Kate McClymont (@Kate_McClymont) November 15, 2017
THIS is the image @wrongdorey and @dailytelegraph choose to illustrate such an historic and resoundingly positive news day in Aus. So embarrassing. So out of touch. So unoriginal. Unfortunately, also so predictable. #yeswins pic.twitter.com/Nw0KYSJo1p
— Zoe Curtis (@Zoe_Curtis_) November 15, 2017
— Jonathan Green (@GreenJ) November 15, 2017
Not sure Al Bundy represents the struggle by gay and lesbian people for equality after years of repression but hey…. #auspol
— PatriciaKarvelas (@PatsKarvelas) November 15, 2017
Daily Tele going with the traditional bad losers gambit pic.twitter.com/fe4KQYE8pP
— Mike (@phantomdiorama) November 15, 2017
When they pass constitutional recognition for Aborigines, the Daily Telegraph will run a screenshot from Love Thy Neighbour on the front page
— Ben Pobjie (@benpobjie) November 15, 2017
I want to be upset by the Daily Tele’s cover but just quickly – what the fuck is a “newspaper”?
— mat whitehead (@matwhi) November 15, 2017
On the plus side, it’s nice to see Miranda Devine has accepted the result. I’m sure the entire LGBTIQ+ community was really hanging out to hear what she had to say.
P.S. Love won.