Britain’s Got Talent: Gay comedian Robert White defends Big Narstie after live TV spat was branded ‘homophobic’ by viewers
Gay comedian Robert White has defended Big Narstie and urged people “to give [him] the benefit of the doubt” after the grime singer and rapper was seen pushing him during Britain’s Got More Talent last night (May 30).
After winning the most recent semi-final, White – who describes himself as “the only gay, Aspergic, quarter-Welsh comic on the British comedy circuit” and has Asperger’s syndrome – and runner-up Gruffudd Wyn joined Big Narstie, Made in Chelsea star Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo, television host Stephen Mulhern and more for the competition’s live companion show on ITV2.
There, the pair discussed how they felt about making it through to the final while the other guests weighed in on what they thought of the night’s acts.
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When all the chatting was over, though, pop singer Anne-Marie took to the stage to perform ‘2002’ and just as the show was ending, White could be seen moseying up to Big Narstie as if to initiate a dance between them.
Evidently, the ‘Woah’ hitmaker wasn’t keen on having a jig and shoved White away.
Viewers were left shocked, with many taking to Twitter to label Big Narstie an “ignorant vile bully” and to ask Britain’s Got More Talent to never book him for an appearance again in light of what happened.
Others even stated that they have made an official complaint to ITV about the “homophobic physical aggression,” but White insists that it was just a case of a gag gone wrong and that people shouldn’t be hating on Big Narstie.
“Big Narstie hi-fived, shook and then made up. No bad feelings from me.” White tweeted following the incident. “To me the visual joke was obvious; the tiny guy dancing with the big guy, but not everyone thinks in comedy, so I think you should give the benefit of the doubt.”
Big Narstie later retweeted White’s comments.
While Big Narstie, whose real name is Tyrone Lindo, may not seem to be a huge fan of White’s zany humour, it seemed to be hugely popular with those who watched Britain’s Got Talent last night given he won the public vote.
His slot saw him perform a musical comedy routine that had him talking about coming out to his grandparents – (“She said whatever I do in my own bed is my own business, which was lovely, until I’d told her I’d done it in her bed”) – and Donald Trump to mocking the judges.
He particularly laid into Amanda Holden for obsessing over with “trying to look young” and David Walliams for “pretending he’s heterosexual.” They didn’t seem to mind too much though, considering they ended up giving him a standing ovation.
Acknowledging the overwhelmingly positive reception his act has received since yesterday evening, White also tweeted: “Dear All, thank you for the nice messages and tweets. I literally can’t reply to them all because my phone has gone into meltdown more than that time I opened up Grindr whilst watching a performance off ‘sing-along The Sound of Music’. But to everyone deepest thanks !!!!”
Britain’s Got More Talent will continue on ITV tonight (May 31) at 7.30pm.