profile image

Brendan O'Neill

Editor of spiked, a columnist for the Big Issue, and a blogger for the Daily Telegraph

Brendan O’Neill is the editor of spiked, the online magazine that
wants to make history as well as report it, and is a columnist for The
Big Issue in London and The Australian in, er, Australia.

He also blogs for the Daily Telegraph and has written for a variety of
publications in both Europe and America. The Guardian says he is a
"Marxist proletarian firebrand" and Peter Tatchell says he is a "smug
shite".

He is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny And 39 Other
Eco-Dilemmas, published by Hodder & Stoughton and described by the BBC as a “skidmark on the gusset of environmentalism”.

He was the first person to complete the ZX Spectrum game Rasputin.

He doesn’t tweet.

This Gender-Correct Reworking Of 'Ghostbusters' Is An Act Of 'Melissa McCarthyism'

The thread tying together all this excitement about the new Ghostbusters is the idea that it's good for old culture to be remade in a more politically and morally acceptable way. But is it? Heaven help anyone who thinks movies should be fun (and that classic movies should be left alone) rather than being turned into fat adverts for sexual equality.
29/01/2015 11:19 GMT

The Real Reason Those Sad Twitter Trolls John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley Were Sent To Jail

To all those people saying, "This isn't a free speech case, they were simply jailed for making death threats!", I say: "Not so fast..." Firstly, because they <em>were not</em> found guilty of committing the old offence of "threatening to kill or murder any Person"; and secondly, because the act that they were found guilty under does, very clearly, have implications for free speech
29/01/2014 15:47 GMT

Shame on the Hearse-Chasers Who Are Exploiting Hannah Smith's Suicide for Political Gain

Usually the month of August is referred to as the silly season. The political exploitation of 14-year-old schoolgirl Hannah Smith's suicide by both tabloid and broadsheet newspapers suggests we might have to rechristen it the sinister season. Even for a press like ours, with its many well-known moral lapses, the shroud-waving over Hannah's death marks a new low.
12/08/2013 23:27 BST

You Know What Other Countries Cover Up Lads' Mags? Misogynistic Islamist Ones

These sassy campaigners for women's rights would baulk like crazy at any suggestion that they are cut from the same cloth as sexist, patronising officials in places like Dubai who get to determine what the plebs may see. And yet the war on lads' mags in both Blighty and in more religious countries weirdly springs from the same source...
02/08/2013 18:03 BST

It Is Deeply Offensive to Women to Suggest They Can Be 'Harassed' by Lads' Mags

According to 14 lawyers specialising in equality law, supermarkets that sell lads' mags such as <em>Nuts</em> and <em>Zoo</em> could potentially be sued under sexual discrimination laws, on the basis that displaying such saucy material in workplaces possibly constitutes "sexual harassment under the Equality Act 2010"... Apparently such magazines are "deeply harmful to women", and therefore shops that stock them run the risk of being done for discriminating against or even harassing their female shoppers. There's so much wrong with this campaign it's hard to know where to start.
27/05/2013 19:52 BST