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17 October 2008
Xenophobic British Press
During the Falklands War the newspaper headline “STICK IT UP YOUR JUNTA” was published by The Sun. It was the newspaper’s reaction to the peace move made by Argentina in April 1982. Within a week, more than a thousand T-shirts printed with this slogan were being sold by the newspaper (Greenslade, par. 4). The Sun published newspaper articles orchestrating hatred for ‘the Argies’ during the Falklands War in 1982. Furthermore, in 2005 Manchester United fans were encouraged to oppose to the takeover of the football club by the American Malcolm Glazer, undoubtedly because of his nationality. Even so, in 2006 furious headlines appeared in several British newspapers regarding the entry of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union on 1 January 2007. The British popular press suffers from xenophobia: an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.
The Sun orchestrated hatred for ‘the Argies’ over the Falklands conflict in 1981. The Falkland Islands had been claimed by Britain in 1833. In 1981 the Argentines started claiming the islands back. The newspaper The Sun became notorious for its pro-war proclamations. On 20 April 1982 the newspaper published an article with the headline “STICK IT UP YOUR JUNTA”. The journal wanted the government to reject a peace offer made by the Argentine military regime. In May the Argentine submarine, The General Belgrano, sank by a British submarine. The Sun responded to the death of 368 Argentines with the headline “GOTCHA” (Horrie, pars. 10-13). Several other pro-war headlines were published by the newspaper during the Falklands War.
When the American Malcolm Glazer took over the football club Manchester United in 2005, opposition was partly based on his nationality (Storry and Childs 16). The Football Club United of Manchester was created in...