An official apology left on the front page of The Mirror Website
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The Mirror Group and Tony Parsons

An official apology left on the front page of The Mirror Website

    1. Jorden Whiffin
    2. Petition by

      Jorden Whiffin

      brentwood, United Kingdom

On 23rd June 2012, The Mirror allowed Journalist and Author Tony Parsons to write an editorial about tattoos.
(find the article at )

This article was not only completely bias to the opinion that tattoos were "voluntary disfigurement" and "so ugly", but also discriminated against individuals with tattoos using stereotypes and bullying tactics such as name calling.

This article is not only wrong, but extremely insulting to those who decided to have body art. Indeed it is not for everybody, but there is no need to be offensive in such a manner as this.

I am petitioning for The Mirror to publish an official apology on the front page of their website for the blatant discrimination of a whole group of people they have generalised and insulted on in this article.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Over 500 Signatures and A email to The Mirror

      Jorden Whiffin
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations everyone, we have now reached a massive number! We haven't stopped yet, so please pass on the message through all your social networking sites and lets get to 1000 by the end of today.

      Today I have attempted to make contact to the online editorial team at the Mirror, and I will get back to you all as soon as I have heard something from them.

      Lets hope this can be resolved quickly and by making the mirror think before publishing such an article again.

      Many Thanks again, without each and everyone of you we would not have made such a difference already.

      Jorden Whiffin

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Over 200 signatures!

      Jorden Whiffin
      Petition Organizer

      Man Alive!! Thank you all so much for your support! This is amazing and proof that all the ink hasn't gone to our brains!!

      Lets get to 500....

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. 50 Signatures!!

      Jorden Whiffin
      Petition Organizer

      Well done everybody, keep spreading the word...

      Once we reach 100, I will contact the mirror directly. It would be amazing if we could get even more by tomorrow morning!

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. 20 Signatures!!

      Jorden Whiffin
      Petition Organizer

      Amazing, we have only been open an hour and we have already hit 20 signatures!

      Thank you so much, and please pass this on to your tattooed and non tattooed friends, so that we can make these people sit up and listen!

    9. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • matthew wallace TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      so ur putting shit on my craft ay ??

      tony tony tony. as you seem to think we are all so bad people ? maybe you should be worried now ??

    • Chally Smith LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I think it's outrageous that Tony Parsons was allowed to express his nasty and insulting views just because he is in a position to do it so publicly. The article was offensive and downright prejudiced. As well as an apology, it might be an idea to have a guest columnist instead of Parsons. Namely a tattooist who can put forward some facts on tattoos and artists and in doing so, shed some light on Parsons' poorly constructed article.

    • hannah furbear SOUTH CROYDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      People should be accepted for who they are and how they want to present themselves. Tattoo's are a form of expression and art and if people choose to get them then that is their choice and an article written like this one is 1 persons opinion and opinions like that shouldn't be published in a newspaper like the mirror.

      • over 2 years ago

      There is nothing like a well-balanced, well-researched article. And this really was nothing like a well-balanced, well-researched article...

      As an intelligent, self-supporting, professional woman with many beautiful and meaningful tattoos (big ones too I'm pleased to report) and plans for more, I resent being labelled a 'thicko' in print.

    • Dee Skelton MEATH, IRELAND
      • over 2 years ago

      I was the programme "This morning" on ITV 1 today and they were discussing this very issue. They had Jodi Marsh for the Pro side and some other lady for the Con side. I think the vote came out 68 per cent in favour of tattoos being tasteful. I don't agree with people being judged for having a tattoo too many. Just like Jodi Marsh said it's like discriminating against someone because they have blonde hair.


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