The fact that Jody McIntyre was dropped following the London riots in 2011 doesnt really belong under the kind of aegis that VSJ covers – which is about crimes against disabled people and vulnerability.
Newspapers such as the Independent, HuffPost, as well as TV’s Channel Four, dropped him as a regular contributor as they did not agree with his tweets or stance during the riots.
This brief blog post shows the Independent page following the riots, and links to other items that express their anger or otherwise at McIntyre’s involvement in the riots. Some of these blogs/articles have a certain amount of vile rhetoric but there are also instances of support for McIntyre’s activities.
The Independent blog page following the riots.
Gif Watch: Jody McIntyre, shunned by mainstream media after pro-riot activism…Autonomous Mind: Tottenham shows it’s time to end the Jody McIntyre roadshowMitchell Images: Dry yer eyes Jody and keep your fingers crossedCrash Bang Wallace: Report Jody McIntyre for incitement to riotPolitical Scrapbook: Jody McIntyre dumped as Independent Blogger after riot commentsMinimum Cover: Where has Jody McIntyre gone….Jody McIntyre has NOT disappeared nor has he NOT retired from writing for the media. He has been Guest Editor for the October 2012/November 2013 issues of New Internationalist as well as articles for the Guardian, including the Olympics/Paralympics. He has also written for Disability Now, as well as his blog Life on Wheels. Here’s his latest article at New Internationalist. Its about being disabled and facing the physical challenges. New Internationalist has a list of his articles here.It may seem that Jody McIntyre was much maligned for his right to protest. It may be that as a disabled person he stood out easily and became a target of some considerable hatred too. Some blogs were extremely vile in their language against him.Nevertheless if there was no right of protest democracy would be a much poorer place. It must be remembered that indeed disabled people have had to recourse to protest too, sometimes very controversially and in direct conflict with the police. These would include those such as the central London demonstrations against inaccessible transport or those outside ATOS offices.