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Owen Jones

He may look like a sweet blond cherub, but journalist, political commentator and, now, Winq Media Award winner Owen Jones is one of the LGBT community's most forthright, radical voices. Never was this more clear than when he walked out of a panel discussion about the Orlando killings on Sky News…

THE MEDIA AWARD

It was odd, because the idea of walking out of a TV studio is so far removed from anything I would ever consider doing in my life,” says Owen Jones when he chats to Winq in a pub in North London. “Because I oft en have ideas that are outside the traditional mainstream, and what I’m trying to do is make them more sanitised and make them look respectable.”

In person, Jones is just as animated and sparky as you’d expect from his numerous TV appearances, but there’s a soft ness and sensitivity behind his smile that doesn’t come across on screen. There’s a sense of humour, too; this is a man who can be very funny and one who isn’t afraid to make fun of himself. But, when reflecting on the reasons behind his decision to walk out of the discussion on Sky News, his tone is steely and serious. He explains that he objected to presenter Mark Longhurst’s determination to describe the Orlando massacre as an attack on ‘all people having fun’ and fellow guest Julia Hartley-Brewer telling him that he didn’t have ownership of the incident just because he’s gay.

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