The Morning Banter: Circumcision Rage, Stephen Fry Annihilates the Daily Mail, Powerful Trayvon Martin Ad, Vice Selling Out?

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Vice new deal with Fox: Selling out?

It's Tuesday morning people, and the week is far from over. You've probably got a lot of work on and need to buckle down and get on with it. So why are you reading this? Because let's face it, reading the internet is FAR more entertaining.

Here's our guide to what you should be talking about:

1. Gigantic circumcision debate on the Banter

Not to self promote, but there was a pretty epic debate on the Banter yesterday regarding an article by our own E.A Blair on circumcision. Blair partly published an email from a reader regarding his attack on circumcision, defending himself from accusations of homophobia and anti semitism. It kicked off in the comment section with some very interesting threads that are definitely worth checking out.

2. Stephen Fry decimates The Daily Mail

In what will be regarded as a modern classic, Britain's greatest living cultural icon Stephen Fry took to his Tumblr page to annihilate the disgusting Daily Mail over the Russian Olympics. Fry has argued Britain should boycott the games over the country's increasingly virulent anti gay laws, leading the Mail to publish a series of pieces attacking him. The spat happened last week, but if you haven't seen it, you should drop everything now and read it. Fry's beautifully worded  assassination of the paper and its loathsome owner Paul Dacre is about as good as it gets. Money quote:

The Mail still can’t quite live with the shame that it has always, always been historically wrong about everything - large and small - from Picasso to equal pay for women.  Because it has always been against progress, the liberalising of attitudes, modern art and strangers (whether by race, gender or sexuality).....

Most notoriously of all, they loved Adolf Hitler when he came to power, and as the Czech crisis arose they were the appeasement newspaper. And woe-betide any liberal-minded anti-fascist who warned that the man was unstable and that consistently satisfying his vanity, greed and ambition was only storing up trouble. The whole liberal left, not to mention Winston Churchill, were mocked and scorned for their instinctive distrust of Hitler. The Daily Mail knew better.

3. Vice sells out to Fox?

Counter culture phenomenon Vice did the unthinkable and sold a 5% stake  of its business to the Rupert Murdoch owned 21st Century Fox for a whopping $70 million (putting its entire value at an extraordinary $1.5 billion - six times the price Jeff Bezos paid for the Washington Post).

Gawker's Hamilton Nolan has an excellent piece, arguing Vice is now the establishment media despite its hipster reputation. He writes: "Honesty demands that Vice's accomplishments be acknowledged. It also demands that we callVice what it really is: an ever-expanding machine for selling counterculture cool to the world's largest and most mainstream corporations."

4. Powerful new Trayvon Martin ad

A new ad created by the 'Coalition to Stop Gun Violence' urges Americans to "Stand up to 'Stand Your Ground'" laws by using a chilling reenactment of the night Travyon Martin was killed. Powerful stuff: