George Michael's EastEnders rant
- Bang Showbiz
- 11 November 2011
George Michael has launched a twitter rant at EastEnders' portrayal of gay couple Christian Clarke and Syed Masood, claiming it doesn't accurately represent homosexuals
George Michael has launched a twitter rant at EastEnders' portrayal of gay couple Christian Clarke and Syed Masood's relationship.
Christian (John Partridge) has been falsely accused of molesting sexually-confused teen Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe), and openly gay singer was disgusted at the BBC One soap's "pathetic" attempts to represent the homosexual community.
He wrote: "It's official.....George Michael has had enough of.... Eastenders. ARE THEY F**KING KIDDING!
"Gay people deserve better than the BBC's pathetic attempts to 'represent' us. Message to gay kids in Britain. The East end of London is one of the best places on earth to be a modern gay man or couple.
"The relationship between Sayed and Christian is the most insulting piece of bulls**t on British television right now.
"Insulting to the gay community, insulting to the muslim community, and in the meantime, terrifying every gay child that is struggling... to come to terms with their sexuality , and the prospect of coming out to their family, whatever their religion.
"So far, Christian has been beaten up 3 times that I can remember, and is now accused of child molestation. Sayed has been disowned and... is now mistreating his partner shamelessly, presumably because he is now a confused bisexual after all. Total f**king bulls**t. (sic)"
George explained he is outraged that those battling with their sexuality may be afraid to come out to their families after seeing how difficult it has been for Christian and Muslim Syed (Marc Elliott).
He tweeted: "Life in London is a wonderful thing for so many gay and lesbian people these days, and I know that there are gay people involved in... the writing of the show but they really need to rethink their approach to gay "issues".
"They are scaring the s**t out of children everywhere For the sake of drama, and it doesn't seem to have occured to them.
"I think that soaps are HUGELY influential in modern Britain. They should reflect sexuality in just the same terms that they reflect...Race and integration. Positively. And without stereotypes. In this respect, they are failing us all. (sic)"
However, George can see some positives in the plot, adding: "Last thing I want to say is that John Partridge and Marc Elliot have done brilliantly as actors regardless of the storylines."