The news that Elton John and his partner will raise a surrogate baby has been greeted with homophobia by some media around the world.
John and his husband David Furnish announced this week that a surrogate in California had given birth to their child, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, on Christmas day.
The New York Post seemed to mock the couple by publishing a report with the headline “Elton & wife proud dads”.
In an opinion piece published by the Daily Mail, consultant editor Andrew Pierce – who is himself gay and adopted – slammed the couple.
“…I can’t help feeling that his decision to become a father is another grotesque act of selfishness from Sir Elton, and that the child is a little Christmas bauble he and his partner have awarded themselves. How telling it is that he was born on Christmas Day,” writes Pierce.
While he says that he supports gay adoption, Pierce explains that “…it is the nagging suspicion that Elton — a man who is by nature an obsessive — has simply acquired a son to satisfy his latest fixation that I find repellent.”
Meanwhile, BBC television’s News at Six has angered the gay community in the UK by asking for comment on the matter from just one source – Stephen Green, from an anti-gay right-wing Christian group.
“This isn’t just a designer baby for Sir Elton John, this is a designer accessory… Now it seems like money can buy him anything, and so he has entered into this peculiar arrangement… The baby is a product of it. A baby needs a mother and it seems an act of pure selfishness to deprive a baby of a mother,” Green said on television.
The BBC defended is decision to interview Green, who supports the death penalty for gay men in Uganda. A spokesperson told PinkNews.co.uk that the interview was necessary for a “debate” about gay couples having surrogate children.
A Taiwanese online news spoof programme has also come under fire. Next Media Animation (NMA) has become popular for its video clips in which animated characters act out recent news in a satirical fashion.
In its coverage of the Elton John story, NMA depicts John and Furnish pushing the surrogate mother off her hospital bed as soon as she gives birth so that they can pose for pictures with the baby.
They are then seen playing with their child while wearing bondage outfits, putting a wig on the boy and then offering it a Ken doll couple to play with.