British newspaper The Observer found itself embroiled in controversy on Monday after it was forced to withdraw an incendiary op-ed about transgender people. The piece, by controversial British commentator Julie Burchill, was titled "Transsexuals should cut it out." It was an attempted defense of Burchill's friend Suzanne Moore, who had aroused the ire of some by making a crack about "Brazilian transsexuals" in a column. But Moore could hardly have asked for a worse defense. Burchill heaped on piles of bile, calling transgender people "screaming mimis", "bed-wetters in bad wigs" and "dicks in chicks' clothing," among other choice phrases. The trans community exploded with anger. A government minister called it "bigoted vomit."
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