They wear a helmet for no reason? Idiot.
And really, do we have to explain that using “gay” as a synonym for bad, broken, unwanted, useless, undesirable, bad, rubbish etc is a bad thing?
He should stand on a cricket wicket without a helmet and have the worlds top bowlers bowl an over or 2 at him
After he’s watched this vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq4jlOHM5Kg just to let hime know what to expect.
They wear helmets in Basball and American Football too don’t they?
This should be worked over by a team of fast bowlers aiming to hit his head with bouncers.
He might appreciate just how necessary the helmet is.
As for his using ‘gay’ to mean ‘soft’ well words fail…
I always thought american football was basically rugby with excessive safety padding ;)
meh, i’m honestly not too mad over this. Much worse things have been said.
hes right, anyone who take offense to this is being over sensitive
I agree with dom people are being over sensitive
There are a number of other situations going on in the world that you can be offended about
He made an error, he’s talked it through with friends, he’s evolved his thinking, and apologised. I read his explanation this morning and it seems very genuine and frankly it’s nice to see he’s realised why it’s offensive.
None of us is perfect, I’ve made my own share of gaffes, but like him it’s been a learning curve. Although many people who are transgender, for example, feel part of the LGBT movement we’re not always perfect ourselves on understanding the intricacies of their world, and we us L and G’s have a little bit of evolving in dealing with B’s.
We can’t be seen to be letting people get away with sh!t, but we also can’t react in an extremist way, jumping down someone’s throat every time they need to evolve their thinking, which isn’t always productive. He was rightly picked up on the language, but he clearly now gets it, and understands why it was offensive, rather than just apologising for the sake of it.
A genuine and sincere apology – I think that there are far more malicious people in the world for us to resent and that we should just drop this.
I don’t buy his apology I’m afraid. Working with gay people- he should have known a LOT better. I remember Chris Moyles apologising for similar remarks- and explaining it by saying “I broadcast with a gay guy”
Working with people you know are gay doesn’t mean you have long discussions about the discrimination they suffer, about which phrases are ok and which are not. Even within the gay community there is an ongoing discussion about whether it is ok to use the word ‘queer’ – reclaimed or not some people don’t like it. When you compare his attempt at comedy (which might have been a funny joke about cricket thirty years ago), with Kirk Cameron telling Piers Morgan recently that gay marriage is going to destroy society, is there any comparison? We should have a zero tolerance policy for homophobic comments, but we should also realise when someone has made an error from which they’ve learn WHY it was wrong, WHY being how it affects us and not the WHY … oh shoot, I’ve got the entire gay community after me – how do I placate them. We’ve seen apologies from people when there has been a backlash, and not all apologies appeared sincere + genuine, but I thought this was. Or perhaps I’m gullible.
going to go with “gullible”.
I think the whole thing was pre-planned as a publicity stunt.
The difference is this apology seems genuine and his reasons for giving it seem considered and honest. It’s very clear that he’s thought about this and what he did wrong.
Chris Moyles”apology” wasn’t sincere in the slightest.
we have to be careful not to be too sensitive about these things. It was a crass thing to say — but in the general scale of things, not that awful.
‘… And when a group of people are still fighting so hard for understanding, acceptance, dignity and essential rights – the time for some kinds of laughs has not yet come…’
So which group of people, according to his theory, can now be subjected to ‘legitimate’ jokes?
And this from a gay man? Perpetuating the stereotype, I guess, as he did ‘Love, Valour and Compassion’. What do you expect from a man with 0 talent.
Every time you assert (as you frequently do) that all male actors are gay or bi, you perpetuate just as tedious a stereotype.
It sounds a well-thought-out apology, and in a different league from the usual I’m-sorry-if-anyone-was-offended tripe.
There are more important things for people who happen to be gay, in the UK, to worry about. A closer look at our own TV reveals effeminate Derek, on The Catherine Tate Show, as not exactly doing anything to help stereotyping. And, the Stonewall report revealing how the BBC has failed us. Once upon a time they had GayTime TV and Channel 4 had various gay-themed nights, each PRIDE, but now I’ve seen practically a decade without anything. And Channel 4 seems determined to give all sorts of faith views 4 minutes after the Ch4 News. I so long for the day when we have our own channel – there are hundreds of gay-themed films, documentaries, etc., to fill that space. PinkSixty do daily news on YouTube. But if you want stereotypes changed you have to show real gay people on mainstream TV – so we should concentrate more on getting the BBC to produce a magazine programme for the LGBT community.
That didn’t quite come out right either … “effeminate Derek” was copied from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5049566.stm
I have effeminate and camp friends, and love the way they are, and wouldn’t want them to be any other way. They are truly being themselves and as honest and genuine as anyone could be. But the Derek character is there for comedic purposes, for people to laugh at, not with, and their purpose appears to be to make him a hypocrite and someone in denial.
The following are early indicators of schizophrenia:-
–Sudden irritability, anger, hostility, suspiciousness, resentment
–Suicidal thoughts or suicidal ideation
–Rapidly changing mood- from happy to sad to angry for no apparent reason
–Replaying or rehearsing conversations out loud- i.e. talking to yourself (very common sign)
–Making up new words (neologisms)
–Lack of insight (called anosognosia). Those who are developing schizophrenia are unaware that they are becoming sick. The part of their brain that should recognize that something is wrong is damaged by the disease.
–Overpowering, intense feeling that people are talking about you, looking at you
–Delusions of reference- thinking that random events convey a special meaning to you.
–Religious delusions- that you are Jesus, God, a prophet, or the antichrist.
–Delusions of grandeur- the belief that you have an important mission, special purpose
Very familiar! And it clearly rang a bell for the troll too as he rightly guessed you were referring to him. Now all we can hope is that he gets the help he needs and can be a happier person.
As for the delusions of grandeur bit – did you notice his pompous little ‘test’ post above? :D That and thinking anyone actually reads his cr*p! :D I don’t know whether to laugh or weep for him.
Yeah, he thinks we read his posts LOL! What a Fool!!!!
Will, its more than obvious the pathetic cretin has a mental illness. Schizophrenia? Perhaps. But who cares, its a god awful creature, the fact its mad is a poor excuse for its lack of civility and normality.
His “apology” is anything but “genuine”.
He had a pre-scripted story to tell, in which he KNEW he was going to call cricket “gay”. It was a routine. It had already existed for some time, and he obviously steered the conversation toward it.
His overblown apology is nothing more than a crass means of staying in the limelight. The guy is basically a nobody at this point in his “career”.
The whole thing was planned and strategized in advance: make a “gay slur”, then make a huge “heartfelt apology”. End result: media attention.
It’s crass and disgusting.
yes, wonderful comeback.
it’s a shame your brilliant witticism actually brings nothing to the conversation.
if you think having an opinion regarding Jason Alexander’s media trickery is “not having a life”,
then dear, I can only ask you,
how does your response to my comment demonstrate that YOU have a life?
Mikey everytime one of these troll is given a reply they feed on it and it gives them another chance to break in. Please assist us all to rid this site of the trolls by ignoring each and every posting they make. Red tick it and ignore it really is the best way. Thank you.
He always looks to me like he’s in the process of going blind.
Crazy still going, huh? No rest for the mad.
Admit to yourself and some close friends that you are gay, and life will start to get better for you.
Jphn the one thing these trolls want is attention, any attention from anyone. Please help us to rid the site of them by ignoring them and red tick each and every comment from the trolls. Thank you.
I find an american calling any british sport out on well anything funny.
If baseball players need helmets then criket players REALLY nee them. We dont just throw a ball, we have a run up ! And keep a straight arm with rotation allowing for maximum velocity.
But what do we expect from a country that takes Rugby and gives you more padding than a bed, makes you look like a power ranger reject and worst of all gives you 30 seconds of gameplay followed by a 5 min talk on what just happened and another 5 mins for commercials.
After all that you think you can talk down our sports ….
Now as for the gay thing, its getting old.
an apology is an apology I guess. To be honest though, I never really liked him as an actor :P