Naught, Naughty Patrick

According to Media Guardian, on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, Patrick Kielty called Colin Murray a “big gayer” after he finished his song. There was a national outcry at the homophobic comments (well, a dozen or so people bothered to complain) and the BBC chose to “reminded Patrick to be more careful during the remaining live shows”.

Careful during live shows? Is the BBC suggesting the comments would have been OK had he made it off air?

How about ‘reminding’ Patrick that more than 60,000 gay and lesbian school pupils are victims of homophobic abuse that includes serious physical and sexual assaults [source] and that calling somebody a ‘gayer’ is not big nor clever and we really expected more of him,

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