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Graham Norton worries that Twitter is ‘destroying’ young gay guys

Nick Duffy September 30, 2019
Graham Norton is worried about what Twitter is doing to young gay men

Graham Norton. (Steven Ferdman/Getty)

Graham Norton has said that he worries Twitter is ‘destroying’ young gay guys.

In a joint interview with The Guardian, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK judges Alan Carr and Graham Norton spoke about their fears for young gay people in 2019.

Carr said: “It’s becoming a bit of a minefield – just the semantics and the language. I feel as if we can’t really get to the problems, because we have to tiptoe through this minefield of language.

“It would be nice just to get it all out on the table and discuss, but I think sometimes social media can blur all that.”

Graham Norton is worried for young gay people

Norton added: “Twitter, I think, must destroy some young gays.

“If you stick your head above the parapet and you retweet the wrong thing, or you comment on the wrong thing, suddenly you must think the world is so ugly, and so horrible. And I think that’s properly dangerous.”

Graham Norton, Michelle Visage and Alan Carr attend the RuPaul's Drag Race UK premiere at on September 17, 2019 in London, England.
Graham Norton, Michelle Visage and Alan Carr attend the RuPaul’s Drag Race UK premiere at on September 17, 2019 in London, England. (Dave J Hogan/Getty)

He added: “Because when you’re a kid, the one thing you don’t know is that this is just going to blow over.

“And even though people are saying they want to rip your head off and s**t down your throat, they’re never going to say boo to you if they see you in the street.”

Graham Norton is tired of the ‘straight-acting’ ideal

Norton  also questioned the preference for ‘straight-acting’ men in the gay community.

He said: “Still, straight acting is an ideal. And that’s just part of our sexuality. We’re all prone to that.

“I remember seeing a BBC Three thing about young gays down in Brighton, and my name came up, and the idea of being me was just horrific to them.

“And it broke my heart, because they were me. I just thought: ‘But you are little mes, you are the fey, camp ones.'”

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