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Billy Connolly: ‘It’s astonishing I’m not gay’

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  1. PantoHorse 8 Jan 2013, 10:42am

    Mr Connelly, you’re not gay because you were born straight.

  2. Perhaps Mr Connolly should ask himself some serious questions – Like why the one consistency in all his “nightmare” relationships with women is, well, him.

    Perhaps it’s not the women at all? At the very least, perhaps he makes bad self-destructive choices.

    I think a good therapist might explain more than wondering if it would make more sense to have a session with a man.

    1. In passing, isn’t his wife Pamela Stephenson a clinical psychologist?

      1. Edward McPherson 8 Jan 2013, 2:52pm

        Yes, she is however it wouldn’t exactly be the best idea for her to treat him as they are family. Long story short it would break the ability to be objective and cloud judgement overall which isn’t all the best.

    2. Staircase2 8 Jan 2013, 6:38pm

      You didn’t read the article did you…
      It’s talking about his aunt and his school teacher….

  3. Still Millions of Breeders think that being Gay is either through – life trauma, or choice –


  4. Craig Denney 8 Jan 2013, 12:18pm

    I liked him once, right up until he viciously had a go at gays during one of his TV tour shows.

    Only second rate comedians attacks gay’s.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 8 Jan 2013, 2:47pm

      When was that? I never heard about it. He was a guest on the Graham Norton show recently.

  5. Darren Theoret 8 Jan 2013, 12:24pm

    Oh dear! You can’t be gay with hair like that Miss Thing!!

    1. Staircase2 8 Jan 2013, 6:39pm

      Actually I think you’ll find that how you wear your hair isn’t a requirement – it’s not a bloody club!

  6. *sigh*

    I know it’s thought a bit po-faced to criticise a professional comedian for being flippant, but I really do wish someone of Connolly’s fame wouldn’t make such stupid remarks.

    1. Agreed. I’m sure it wasn’t his intention, but the first thing that came to mind when I read this was the “You just haven’t met the right man yet” comment that is still, even in the 21st century, occasionally trotted out by someone when you mention you’re a lesbian (or the similar one made to gay men).

  7. I think it is a harmless and lighthearted remark. He is a talented man (if a little curmudgeonly these days) and has been incredibly brave in speaking of his experience of abuse. There is a difference between deliberate insult and a comedian twisting something silly to make a joke. I’m not judging him harshly on this one.

  8. I wish people would stop jumping on the band wagon without actually watching the interview with Kirsty Wark first.. I actually found it funny and have a lot of time for Billy- he’s a comedian for god sake and the joke was in context in regards to what he was talking about..

    I’ve seen Billy live before twice and have never heard him “have a go” at gays – the last show I was at, he actually said he wouldn’t mind trying gay sex before he died!

    Some people need to get a sense of humour

    1. Staircase2 8 Jan 2013, 6:41pm

      It might also be better if Pink News didn’t just got tabloid style for the headline and instead put some proper context for the stories they’re lifting

  9. Misogyny is not necessarily the same as homosexuality,

  10. Alan Edwards 8 Jan 2013, 2:49pm

    We don’t know what is there in Billy Connolly’s mind, so we cannot say with any certainty that he was “born straight”. Crucially, does it matter? The man has obviously had to make all sorts of “accommodations” in his life; his “image” since he first started working as a comedian makes that abundantly clear. So what if he has come to believe that SOME relationships with women have been nightmarish. At lot of us can say the same thing; I certainly can, BUT many of my relationships with women have been wonderfully fulfilling! Billy C is just three years older than me, and I am very well aware of the fact that many of our generation grew up with parents who were severely maladjusted by the events of 1939-1945. Just let the guy live his life….his honest comments don’t necessarily have to provoke comment!

  11. It’s a light-hearted, throwaway comment and nothing more. In her (excellent) biography of Connelly, Pamela Stephenson recounts that Billy was unsure of his sexuality when he was younger and had several ‘gay experiences’ before deciding it wasn’t for him.

    In part, his decision to explore his sexuality seems to have come about more because of the sexual abuse he received at the hands of his father (which created a lot of confusion), more than anything else.

    The fact that he’s been open about his sexual experimentation in the past and that he’s offered no other judgment that it wasn’t for him suggests he was just joking here.

    1. Yes, but you could look at it another way and say it’s doubly disappointing that he’d make quite such a stupid remark – even if meant lightheartedly – given his experience.

      We really don’t want intelligent and sensitive people giving unwitting support to the concept that men “turn” gay because they’re repelled by women, do we?

  12. billy connolly. i love you. you make the most benign situation into the funniest thing imaginable with your skewed look on everyday life. you live your life with intelligence, humour and excellent comedy timing but for those single-named-christian trolls i would point out that being abused by you dad does not make you gay. having onerous relationships with the “fairer” sex does not make you gay. watching a gay film does not make you gay. reading a gay story does not make you gay; listening to gay music does not make you gay; reviewing tivo suggestions and seeing brokeback mountain is recorded does NOT make you gay. only being born gay makes you gay. much love to bc.

  13. Angela S. 9 Jan 2013, 8:00am

    You can also experience his comments in that with his background he has mocked the “being gay is a choice” lobby and those who proclaim being gay is the result of being abused…..
    Maybe not in a clear way, but it would be in his style.

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