Lionel Blair: ‘I can’t bear gay marriage – and I’m not camp, just flamboyant’
Lionel Blair says he “can’t bear” the idea of same-sex couples marrying and would definitely not consider himself to be camp.
The entertainer, 82, told The Mail: “Camp? Really? I prefer ‘flamboyant’, or ‘enthusiastic’. I’ve always been a bit over-the-top.
“What about David Walliams, for goodness’ sake? Come on! There’s campness there and we all know that he’s not, well, you know…”
On the subject of same-sex marriage, Lionel said: “I can’t bear it, I’m afraid. Look, if people want to live together, fine. And I do believe in civil partnerships. But marriage is between a man and a woman.”
The actor and dancer added: “The world has changed. What has happened to my beautiful England?”
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“What was all that about for goodness sake?” he complained.
Lionel has also been hurt by suggestions that he’s gay.
“It isn’t nice when you have a family,” said the father of three, who has been married for 47 years to his wife, Susan.
Despite usually ignoring the jibes, Lionel revealed he once punched a man in front of his daughter, Lucy, at a cricket match organised by Sir Michael Parkinson after he was called a fairy.
“He had to go to hospital!” Lionel exclaimed.
During one pantomime performance in Stockport, as part of the act, Lionel asked a boy in the audience his name. The youngster retorted: “Touch my nuts and you’re dead!” The audience laughed but the comment was enough to make Lionel quit panto.
“I realised I couldn’t do that any more. I can’t hug them. It’s madness. So I stopped,” he said.