You may have noticed a campaign started fairly recently by Tim Ireland, a longtime member of the legendary b3ta.com to get Google images returning pictures of Richard Littlejohn for searches of ‘cloaca’ and ‘pictures of feathery mess-holes in searches for “richard littlejohn”‘. So, you may be wondering exactly what a ‘cloca’ is, I certainly was:
In zoological anatomy, a cloaca is the posterior opening that serves as the only such opening for the intestinal, reproductive, and urinary tracts of certain animal species. The word comes from Latin, and means sewer. All birds, reptiles, and amphibians possess this orifice, from which they excrete both urine and faeces, unlike placental mammals, which possess two separate orifices for evacuation.
(source [via Bloggerheads])
So, you might be wondering what the point of this all is, apart from the obvious amusement of puckered posteriors returning in Google images when an unsuspecting Daily Mail reader is searching for images of their beloved Littlejohn. There is a reason, and a good reason, given by Tim Ireland for doing this and it doesn’t just revolve around Littlejohn. Tim argues that the word ‘cunt’ – whilst still extremely offensive to many – is overused and fails to adequately explain the real outpouring of sewage that many tabloid journalists and general Internet warriors produce each day. Tim argues that the cloaca is in effect the most powerful swear word of all, with the benefits that it passes most swear filters and its Latin meaning of ‘sewer’ really does strike a meaningful chord with journalism.
Therefore the picture of Littlejohn’s happy face (which is badly out of date if you have seen the droopy dead-eyed cloaca on Question Time recently) you see here is not a picture of Richard Littlejohn; it is a picture of a cloaca:
To try and justify this description Angry Mob has been tidying up the archive and will be posting a series of articles on Richard Littlejohn, demonstrating just why he can rightly be labelled as a definitive cloaca.
Watch this space, the first post in this series will be up shortly.
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