A British woman who has been in a relationship with a 92-year-old German chandelier has been told that her attraction to light fittings isn’t considered a protected sexual orientation.
Amanda Liberty is known not only for her attraction to chandeliers but also for changing her last name to Liberty after a self-declared public relationship with the Statue of Liberty. Liberty, a mid-thirties woman living in Leeds, complained that her love for Lumiere (her name for the lamp she bought on eBay) was being mocked by the Sun.
She went on to argue that the article breached the code of conduct which requires publishers avoid prejudicial or pejorative references to an individual’s sexuality.
She argued that the newspaper’s article breached the regulator’s code of conduct which requires publishers to avoid prejudicial or pejorative references to an individual’s sexuality.
Liberty identifies as an ‘objectum sexual’ – an individual who is attracted to objects. She objected to being included in an end-of-year article by Sun columnist Jane Moore, which nominated her for a “Dagenham Award (Two Stops Past Barking)” prize, simply because of her sexual attraction to Lumiere.
In response to her complaint, the Sun said that they don’t doubt whether her attraction to chandeliers is real, rather that the sexual orientation in the context of the press regulation code covered people who were attracted to others of the same sex, opposite sex, or both. Thus it’s not ruled to be discrimination.
It gets weirder. The Sun also noted that she had changed her surname to Liberty during a previous self-declared public relationship with the Statue of Liberty in New York.