Striking a brutal blow to the fight for gay rights in the country, the Rajapaksa state media yesterday has referred to an opposition parliamentarian as a “poor poofter”, language hitherto unprecedented in a national English language newspaper.
Referring to the Parliamentarian as a ‘moron’ and an ‘imbecile’ Daily News Editor Rajpal Abeynayake asked Samaraweera to take up his issues with the CID after the MP reacted an article in the newspaper that alleged he had been a part of a major import scandal.
“It is the CID that opened the investigation against you, you imbecile! You got a beef with that take it up with the CID and while you are at it remember it will take a lot more than a teeth gnashing idiot who thought he can run Lake House from the lower board room to intimidate journalists for reporting on an investigation that obviously has him losing all his marbles probably — we wager — due to the credibility of the CID’s case file,” the country’s state media said, revealing that the culture of writing and reporting at the institution had reached a nadir.
Accusing the MP of being unable to understand English, the Daily News charged that Samaraweera goes to the Galle Literary Festival “to show off his double chin to the hairy volunteers there as his comprehension of the Engish (sic) language is limited to the few words he shouts out, thinking it makes up a vocabulary!”
The Daily News also takes a parting shot at former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who it refers to as Samaraweera’s “platonic” girlfriend.
“Ask his platonic girlfriend, CBK (ugh!) who also goes there to, well, fall asleep,” the report concludes.