WordPress sends me an email from a Mr. Barry Hudd. With this mail (that I do not publish lest Mr. Hudd should have another funny moment), Mr Hudd informs WordPress that he is the Press Secretary To Bishop Moth and that my blog post has the wrong photo, namely of Bishop Moth instead of Bishop Burns.
Subsequently, he addresses a “legal warning” to me and informs WordPress that he will send “lawyers (sic) letter and subsequent legal service if this photo is not removed”
My reflections on this episode are as follows:
1) Mr. Barry Hudd is, if you ask me, more than a bit overzealous and trigger-happy. I really think that he should relax and try in a gentle way first.
If he had written a (nice, if he can) comment introducing himself and asking me to remove the wrong photo, I would have done it immediately and with many thanks. To write to WordPress in the way he has done indicates in my eyes a certain lack of, well, pretty much everything. By the way I had been already alerted to my mistake by an anonymous commenter and had removed the wrong photo very early in the process anyway. But the anonymous commenter called me “silly blogger” for that, so I certainly didn’t acknowledge his – factually right – correction.
2) It strikes me as odd that the press secretary of Bishop Moth should consider it something defamatory ( or anyway deserving of “legal service”) that Bishop Moth be confused with Bishop Burns. Now I can understand that we are all human beings and Bishop Burns might not be Mr. Hudd’s (the Press Secretary of Bishop Moth) favourite Bishop, but this seems to me to go a bit too far. It was not a post about Dr. Rowan Williams, after all.
3) I do hope that the photo now posted is the photo of the real Bishop Burns. Should I, by mistake of mine or of my Internet source, still have the wrong photo, i am sure that Mr. Hudd (the Press Secretary to Bishop Moth) will be so nice as to send me a comment introducing himself and politely pointing out – if he can – to the mistake. I think this way it’s not only more pleasant, but faster.
4) Someway I think that Mr. Barry Hudd doesn’t like my blog.