Richard Dawkins branded the Sun “disgusting” on Monday, while suggesting those who buy it “can barely read at all”.
The writer and scientist blasted the tabloid for its coverage of Jeremy Corbyn’s behaviour at the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph this weekend.
What a disgusting paper The Sun is. What kind of person buys is? Is it – could it be? – even worse than the Mail? https://t.co/AsjlpTTbwV— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 9, 2015
I suppose the answer is the Sun is read by people who can barely read at all. And if that's élitist, proud to be in the Sun-despising élite.— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 9, 2015
Many people online seemed to agree with Dawkins, with many also laying into the newspaper…
@richarddawkins The Sun....when a daily newspaper becomes embarrassingly more childish than a kids comic.— STEVE B (@stevano_b) November 9, 2015
@RichardDawkins Sun is aimed st. the ignorant. Mail at the terminally prejudiced.— Paddy Briggs (@PaddyBriggs) November 9, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
@TheSun sinks lower every day...
After Hillsborough EVERYONE should have stopped buying it!November 9, 2015
However, a few did defend the publication…
@RichardDawkins actually Sun headline writers very talented. I certainly think reading The Sun nor more shameful than being a Guardianista.— kalkbrenner (@suaviter9) November 9, 2015
@RichardDawkins At least they cannot be accused of pretentious obscurantism. Their message is clear to see.— Jane Mansley (@janemansley) November 9, 2015
Corbyn's supporters have also attacked the tabloid for Monday’s front page, which declared he had refused to nod at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
The Labour leader was backed by hundreds on social media, with many people piling in to rebuke the newspaper for splashing on claims Corbyn had refused to bow at the annual remembrance event.
Despite Corbyn's tribute to the fallen dead only having been a small head bow, many pointed out on social media that it was most certainly there.
Dawkins has previously slated those “telling lies” about Corbyn:
We may not like Jeremy Corbyn. But dislike is no excuse for telling lies about what a man says. If the truth damns him, isn't that enough?— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 15, 2015