When I highlighted Alan Davies’ comments about Hillsborough on this blog I didn’t think he’d start getting death threats. Neither did I guess at the level of fury that would be aimed at me. It’s clear there are some people out there who feel like punching my face until it resembles a portion of steak tartare that’s been run over by a bin lorry.
One Twitter user even accused me of being a troll. Given the loathsome behaviour of trolls it’s hard to imagine a worse insult (although the same person compared me to Samantha Brick, so props for going the extra mile).
For what it’s worth, I think it’s utterly reprehensible that some people think it’s okay to make death threats because an individual has said something they disagree with.
That such threats have been made is less a reflection on my article and more a troubling indication that something has gone badly wrong in our society. However, I have to admit that my article -- and its tone -- only served to feed into this rotten part of the national psyche and I should have known better.
I still believe that what Alan Davies said was deeply insensitive but perhaps the claim that I am also guilty of this charge is not as far off the mark as I’d like it to be.
One thing is certain: the Hillsborough Disaster is not something that should be sullied by hateful vitriol or sensationalist journalism.
Perhaps Alan Davies should have kept his mouth shut – but then so should I.
Hate me if you must; forgive me if you can.