Britain’s press watchdog said yesterday it had received 21,000 complaints about a newspaper column on the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately after critics used Twitter to brand the article homophobic and insensitive. Gately, 33, died Oct. 10 while vacationing on the Spanish island of Majorca. An autopsy found he had died from pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs. Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir wrote Friday that Gately’s death was “not, by any yardstick, a natural one’’ and said he died in “sleazy’’ circumstances. She noted that Gately had been to a bar and invited a young man back to his apartment the night before he died. Anger at the column swept social networking site Twitter soon after Moir’s piece appeared on the paper’s website. Actor Stephen Fry urged his 860,000 Twitter followers to contact the Press Complaints Commission. Other prominent Tweeters followed suit. (AP)
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