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Alexandra Burke: ‘Gay rights are so important to me’

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  1. Paddyswurds 15 Aug 2011, 5:52pm

    And who is this again. Did someone say X Factor…pfft.Yet another non story from Pink News and some bint who has a CD to sell,…. ffs enough already!

    1. bitter.

      1. very

    2. actually, do you know what. prlcks like you really plss me off. someone gives their support to us and you wrlte that kind of shlte. what a dlckhead u are. her musics not my thing but so what. do you really have to be so fvcking miserable?

      1. Paddyswurds 15 Aug 2011, 6:20pm

        @Uh oh..
        ….Meh!…what are you, 12?….you call that drivel music… You are just sooo deluded if you think there is any other motive in her support other than commercial. In five minutes time when she is history like most of the rest of these talentless manufactured wannabes she’ll be like “gay, whats that?”

        1. Paddyswurds 15 Aug 2011, 6:29pm

          @Uh oh..

          cont…I notice you didn’t comment on really important issues like the shameful EHRC debacle…..

          1. quality of her music is irrelevant here, whatever her reasons for backing gay rights, we should be happy that she is supporting those rights. its not like pop stars queing around the block to express their support for lgbt

        2. So, please tell me what musical credentials you have then? you must have loads seeing as you’re in a position to critique her so heavily.

          1. Hey arsewipe..answer me.

        3. Staircase2 16 Aug 2011, 2:38pm

          @ paddyswurds Of course you are just underlining Uh Oh’s point…

          1. Paddyswurds 18 Aug 2011, 12:35am

            @Staircase2..
            …can’t see what you mean, staircase? Explain.

    3. Well saying as she has a huge gay following and is playing a string of prides aswell as being a big name in pop music (which I agree isn’t something to necessarily be proud of) its great that we have such a visible and listened to celebrity supporting us.

  2. This is really awesome news. Fantastic to see such an avid supporter of LGBT rights and Marriage Equality within the mainstream British Media. This will set of a fantastic example to many British youths – LGBT and non-LGBT. Miss Burke, I salute you!

    P.S – Shut up Paddy. What a load of old tripe. Uh Oh is absolutely correct.

  3. Our first celebrity supporting marriage equality, about time. Lets see a lot more of them speaking up.

  4. martyn notman 15 Aug 2011, 8:56pm

    well of course she does, nobody else buys her awful records….

  5. She’s had one album (another one on the way) and it’s sold a million copies worldwide so it’s clearly more than a gay fan base she appeals to.

    Good for her, she’s a very talented gal, and you guys would be very quick to slate her if her opinion didn’t align with yours.

    A healthy dose of cynicism is necessary, but no need to be nasty like that.

    1. Paddyswurds 16 Aug 2011, 11:47am

      @Brian….
      …..”a million copies worldwide so it’s clearly more than a gay fan base she appeals to.” How many gay people do you imagine there are worldwide? At last estimate roughly 700 million so no problem selling a million if it were true, however the record companies put out this false info to encourage sales as this would convince the gullible that the cd has some merit. In reality she sold about 1500 and you will never see another album possibly a re-release of the current one with a change of name and package. I am so tired of these so called supporters claiming undying support for us when in reality its a cynical record company bid to “get onside with the gays” Anyone remember Donna Summer who was a unstinting gay icon and supporter until she came out as being rabidly anti gay and said we were the Antichrist writ large.

      1. Except she doesn’t need to try and sell to the gay community she already has alot of fans amongst the gay community, if anything she should be trying to sell herself to the straight community and this isn’t going to get her any CD sales.

        Oh and do you have any proof that a million copies is a made up figure or are you just bitter that no-one cares enough to buy anything you create.

        1. Paddyswurds 16 Aug 2011, 11:34pm

          @Hamish…
          …lol….

          1. Wow that was such a clever rhetoric why didn’t I think of that :-|

  6. She didn’t have to say it.

    If people don’t challenge homophobes then the likes of of Green, Gallagher and Bachmann slow our progress.

    Politicians have to be reminded that it’s not just the LGBT community who demand equality.

    So I’m glad for her support.

    1. Paddyswurds 16 Aug 2011, 11:49am

      @D Lambert..
      …oh yes she did, as they all have to do as the record compaany orders to sell their dire drivel. see above.

      1. You really are a horrible person aren’t you? I just feel really sorry for you – that bitterness must just eat you up from the inside out.
        Miserable old queen

        1. Paddyswurds 16 Aug 2011, 11:53pm

          @Mendirin…
          ….are you really that dense or are you just pretending in order to be obtuse and disingenious?

          1. I don’t have to be anything. The way you’ve consistently behaved on these boards speaks enough about what type of person you are.

            You know, I’ve NEVER heard you mention anything encouraging or positive on any thread? That also suggests what type of person you actually are.

            In addition, all I’ve ever seen you do is berate, belittle and insult. In fact I’m inclined to believe you’re a little bit of a bully.

            You’re an idiot. As I also said before…you’re a miserable…old…bitter…vile…queen.

          2. Paddyswurds 17 Aug 2011, 8:39pm

            @Mendirin..
            …Meh!, lol….. .

    2. Oh yes she had to say that.

      Can you imagine she had said she opposed equality while speaking to a gay media outlets?

      It will actually meam something useful if she starts advocating for LGBT equality when dealing with mainstream / straight media outlets like Heat or Closer or Next or any one of those.

      1. Paddyswurds 16 Aug 2011, 11:36pm

        @SteveC..
        …Hear, Hear!!

  7. i personally like her tunes, and her as a person – people should be less bitter and take a look at what they have achieved in their life before passing comment – she’s a young woman, has the looks and personality and has had some degree of success – people on here are always quick in chastising others while at the same time bleat on about being victims and persecution….. you are shameful!

    1. Paddyswurds 16 Aug 2011, 11:53am

      @tom..
      …gullible, much. see above. And btw, I am reither a victim or persecuted, and have had a long and successful career and I didn’t have to use a minority as a crutch to do it either.

      1. much? what the f@ck does much mean in this instance? who do you think you are- the new charles dickend(s) gone wrong? go back to bed paddy i wasn’t even talking about you so get off your high horse…, and tbh i couldn’t give a monkey’s if you have had a successful career etc i still think that you are a complete MORON! in fact no looking at some of your other rantings, i think you are quite insane………….

        1. Paddyswurds 17 Aug 2011, 7:10am

          @tom..
          ..lol..when you are finished screaming vitriol go back to school and learn some facts. “Gullible much” means you are extremely gullible. “charles dickends” sic. Really?. Charles Dickens is probably spinning in his grave at the lack of knowledge of the English language you display so eloquently..not.
          The whole idea of debate is to debate the subject in question not each other. What makes you think I thought you were talking about me, you idiotic halfwit. As for my career, you said “Take a look at what they have achieved in their life” so I told you, as I am one of those “passing comment” on this talentless bint.
          Your little screaming fit confirms why you think this bint Burke’s drivel has merit. You are so culturally bereft you wouldn’t know good music any more than you can spell. Grow Up!

          1. lol??? please………the only thing i spelt incorrectly was dickends (sic) as i was being sarcastic – and i know what gullible means but unfortunately part of my tirade was relating to your use of the word ‘much’ afterward…. i know my music by the way and i don’t think for one minute that ms burke is trying to play the serious musician card or whatever it is you have against her, so what is your problem??? i think it’s a case of delusions of your own grandeur you ‘oirish’ fu@ckwit (paddyswurds isn’t really good spelling even if it is meant to be a play on wurds.) PS, why do use such poor grammar, as in MUCH and NOT after your sentences? Do you always talk to yourself??? Oh yes I forgot – you are aas mad as a ball0on as they say!

          2. MEH???? i thought you were a sheep……… and talking about screaming,,,,,,,, i am not a screamer – never have been………….

          3. Paddyswurds 18 Aug 2011, 12:45am

            I have nothing against Burke, as she is as gullible as the rest of you. What one finds galling is the record companies cynical attempt to use the gay community to sell CDs by the pretense of support and it is becoming a common occourance by more than the Recording industry. Anyone with some drivel to sell nowadays seems to come after the “pink £” first because they see us as gullible and vain and loose with our money. Let me tell you i’ve been around long enough to recognise a scam when I see one. This has Simon Cowell written all over it.

          4. re: last comment – you can call me whatever you like paddy …. just because i have a weakness for one or two trashy pop songs (i am 42) doesn’t mean that i am gullible…. i have cd’s and vinyl from artists such as presley, the beach boys, floyd, the small faces, the beatles, carole king, the doors, most of the 80’s even though alot of it was crap, became an e head in the late 80’s going to acid house nights and then onto raves and then into all of the brit pop of the 90’s – i am getting on so i just listen to anything now – with the exception r and b crap… on a final note, she was popular with the gay crowd long before these ‘recent’ comments she made paddy…… x

  8. Jock S. Trap 16 Aug 2011, 10:26am

    Excellent, always good to have such support.

    Now, whose next?

  9. Good for her.

    Although it is not a news story.

    Alexandra Burke announced her support for marriage equality – to Pink News and Gaydar Radio.

    Preaching to the converted there Alexandra.

    Her commitment to equality will be seen if she advocates for equality to Heat magazine and the like.

    Supporting marriage equality to Pink News is really a non-event.

  10. You know what, I don’t like her music and I personally think she’s as bland as hell but at least she’s had the balls to say something which may have repurcussions for her later on.

    1. You do accept however that this is a no-lose position for her to take.

      I welcome her support but also realise that for a pop-star who is popular with a gay audience, to support gay equality while speaking to a gay media outlet really is a non-event.

      Let’s see her spread the message in her next interview with The Sun newspaper.

      Now THAT would be worth something and involve some risk to her.

      Weill she do that?

      Don’t count on it.

      1. She is not there to champion our rights. WE have to do that ultimately. She’s a pop singer first and a a gay rights advocate afterwards. However, what she has done is highlight the issue of equality and we should accept and be thankful for that.

        I understand that she may be very well be promoting her own career and possibly using gay rights as a tool but you know what – a treaty of convenience can sometimes benefit both parties.

        1. She is not a gay rights advocate.
          She is certainly not a homophobe and is clearly gay friendly.
          But preaching to the choir (as she is doing by supporting equality to a gay audience) is not remotely interesting.

  11. Incidentallly seeing as Pink News have not reported the story, dod you know that last Sunday there was a marriage equality march in Dublin city centre.

    It was attended by 4000 people. For a city the size of Dublin that is a very large demo (equivalent to almost 40,000 people marching for marriage equality in London).

  12. What on earth is wrong with all these people who can’t scrape together the humility to say thank you to someone who pledges support? I really don’t understand where the bitterness comes from.

    1. Paddyswurds 16 Aug 2011, 11:44pm

      @sven…
      …there is nothing wrong with them. They just see it for what it is, record company orders “to get the Gays onside” so they can shift more of her awful drivel CDs. The problem is with the likes of you and Mendrin who cant see the cynical ploy to get you on side… Remember Donna Summer? If not why don’t you Google it and get some enlightenment. Like someone else said lets see her support us in the Sun and heat mag. It is so easy to preach to the choir!

      1. I still don’t see your point. The rest of the world sees these people publically supporting us, and it’s the rest of the world we’re trying to get to accept us. They won’t be looking at her statement thinking “oh she’s only doing that to sell records” because obviously she’s trying to sell records. That’s what she does. Every public appearance she has ever made was for that reason, whether at straight or gay themed events. Do people say “I’m not going to that concert because its a cynical ploy to make money”? No. Unless they’re hippies. So why is it different here? Yes she’s in a money making business, but so are we all. That doesn’t necessarily mean that her every statement is a hollow one and it doesn’t mean she’s only supportive for money. What next? You don’t vote because politicians are only in it to get elected? You don’t work because the company is only in it for itself? If you’re determined to see ulterior motive around every corner it’ll make you a very bitter person.

        1. Paddyswurds 17 Aug 2011, 8:43pm

          How exactly does the rest of the world see her support us was it on the front page of the Washington Post or Heat magazine…I don’t think so. As I said it is so easy to preach to the choir.

        2. Paddyswurds 18 Aug 2011, 12:46am

          @sven..
          ….”I still don’t see your point” Why is that not a surprise?

  13. First off I don’t like her music. There that’s said. Moving on.

    Usually I’m really jaded of celebs supporting us as it just seems such a pr stunt. Just trying to be another GaGa but don’t know though I’ve not heard muchfrom her on oft rights her words seems pretty unrehearsed unlike so many.

    Here’s hoping she really supports us. It’s getting more we need all the help we can get these days.

    1. Paddyswurds 18 Aug 2011, 12:51am

      The 1970s Gay community would have gladly died for Donna Summer and was convinced to the death of her unstinting support until she suddenly found “god”. Google it and read all the homophobic detail.
      http://charlestaylor.wordpress.com/2008/02/14/donna-summer-god-made-adam-and-eve-not-adam-and-steve/

  14. Some of the comments here are depressing – though not surprising.

    There seems to be a certain type of gay man with no visible talent or even likeability who goes into kneejerk cynical misogynistic bitchery whenever a female musician expresses support for gay people.

    Personally I am glad and grateful for such support. It is people like Alexandra Burke who, whatever one thinks of their musice, make a difference in the attitudes of younger people, especially younger straight people. That matters. They don’t have to do it, and they could still carve out a successful career while discreetly skirting the issue. Gay people are not the only ones who buy records, and most of the fans of the female artists some of you like to carp about are likely to be straight teenage girls. Their attitudes count, not least because they can be civilising attitude on grouchy, aggressive males.

    Thank you Alexandra.Good on you.

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