Tessa Hartmann: John Barrowman’s gay kiss at Commonwealth Games was ‘inappropriate for children’

Nick Duffy July 24, 2014
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A fashion columnist has attacked John Barrowman for a kissing a man during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, branding it “inappropriate for children”.

The opening ceremony yesterday evening, which is estimated to have reached a global audience of several hundred million, featured a kiss between actor John Barrowman and a male dancer, in celebration of equality in Scotland.

A heterosexual couple were also seen kissing during the ceremony, during a ballet portion of the ceremony.

However, Tessa Hartmann, editor of fashion magazine Caledonista, condemned Barrowman’s kiss while appearing on BBC Breakfast this morning, claiming it was inappropriate.

Her comments were picked up on Twitter, with users ridiculing her claim.

Tweeting afterwards, Hartmann said: “I answered a question with a question @BBCBreakfast, no offensive was intended, lets stop this diatribe & celebrate the games as I stated.

“It’s a shame that my comments on @BBCBreakfast have been totally misconstrued, I’m anything but homophobic which u can see IF you watched it.”

The Commonwealth Games has been subject to controversy already as human rights campaigners have called on Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond to speak out against countries with anti-gay laws.

Homosexuality is currently punishable with prison sentences in 42 out of 54 Commonwealth nations.

Same-sex marriage came one step closer to becoming a reality in Scotland as its bill to legalise it received Royal Assent in March.

Marriages between gay and lesbian couples are expected to begin in Scotland in 2015.

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