Honesty in Media?

TheProfessor 11 February 2009 39

I am a retired academic and an illustrious member of Canberra’s eclectic and colourful homosexual community.

My grievance is this: I had believed the days of homosexual vilification had long been consigned to the dustbins of history, but was made acutely aware of the unpalatable truth during a radio broadcast several days ago.

The two broadcasters, both of whom are well-known homosexuals within our community and shall remain nameless, waxed lyrical about Valentine’s Day, but instead of referring to their partners, they spoke about their “girlfriends”.

I was mortified to hear this, because it is one thing to be ambiguous about one’s homosexual status, through the invocation of the weasel-word “partner”, but rather more severe to be openly fraudulent about that status.

How can we stand proud within our community, and assert our right to love and marry somebody of our own gender, when those homosexuals bestowed with the privilege of having a voice in the media refuse to acknowledge their true nature?


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Danman Danman 8:23 pm 11 Feb 09

Gay schmay – straight schmait.

Be who you are with a chest full of pride ffs.

Veronica17 Veronica17 8:12 pm 11 Feb 09

i enjoy reading riotact but have never written. this story caught my eye because i heard the conversation that the debate is about on the radio. it wasn’t hamish and andy, it was the two blokes on [Ed – deleted] in the morning. my friend knows them and one has a male partner and the other broke up with his male partner and this is why he does not like valentines day. 🙁 was funny that they pretended to be straight – good on them!

peterh peterh 5:03 pm 11 Feb 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

…and that’s what makes it funny.

and sometimes, we wait to hear it.

p1 p1 4:31 pm 11 Feb 09

Anthony Callea was an idol for teen girls, right up until that guy from the Channel Ten traffic helicopter unintentionally outed him as part of the nightly news.

I just assumed that he was gay from the very first time I saw him on TV. When he was “accidentally” outed by the TV traffic chopper guy (made a comment on air about having seen him and his boyfriend at a party and that they made a nice couple, or something like that), I laughed, because I had always assumed that the gay thing was party of his deliberate marketing up to that point.

Do you mean Hamish and Andy?

Or Scotty and Nige?

I meant the latter. Are Hamish and Andy on Canberra radio? I have never listened to any of them for longer then it takes to realise that I am on the wrong station.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 4:23 pm 11 Feb 09

Its was back in March 2007, but I have now been reliably informed by someone here that it was part of the “casual banter and morning traffic report” for radio, not Ch10 nightly news.

Vic Larusso mentioned mid-broadcast that he was at a party or a barbeque the night before, and one of the guys he went to school with was shagging Anthony Callea.
It was then part of the next morning’s Daily Telegraph.
Anthony’s label denied it on his behalf until April, when Anthony confirmed it.

http://www.samesame.com.au/news/local/588/Callea_Speaks_Out

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 4:01 pm 11 Feb 09

Anthony Callea was an idol for teen girls, right up until that guy from the Channel Ten traffic helicopter unintentionally outed him as part of the nightly news.

Really?! What’s the deal with this – I never heard about it!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 1:55 pm 11 Feb 09

No, VY. It makes me weep for humanity.

Wow, you should study arts at ANU…

Steady Eddie Steady Eddie 1:53 pm 11 Feb 09

R. Slicker said :

stirred21 said :

Trev Fincham said :

Do you mean Hamish and Andy?

Or Scotty and Nige?

Scotty is married…

His wife, what does he think about all this?

Ah, yes – Bert Newton, Celebrity Squares 1976. No joke like an old joke . . .

R. Slicker R. Slicker 1:49 pm 11 Feb 09

stirred21 said :

Trev Fincham said :

Do you mean Hamish and Andy?

Or Scotty and Nige?

Scotty is married…

His wife, what does he think about all this?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:46 pm 11 Feb 09

Anthony Callea was an idol for teen girls, right up until that guy from the Channel Ten traffic helicopter unintentionally outed him as part of the nightly news.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:44 pm 11 Feb 09

Darren Hayes from Savage Garden was married at some point too!

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 1:32 pm 11 Feb 09

No, VY. It makes me weep for humanity.

stirred21 stirred21 1:29 pm 11 Feb 09

Trev Fincham said :

Do you mean Hamish and Andy?

Or Scotty and Nige?

Scotty is married…

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 1:27 pm 11 Feb 09

…and that’s what makes it funny.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 1:17 pm 11 Feb 09

‘I only believe in gay marriage when both chicks are hot.’

Hey!

‘I only believe in gay marriage when both chicks are hot.’

I said it again!

‘I only believe in gay marriage when both chicks are hot.’

There it is again, everybody. (haw haw haw)

I only believe in gay marriage when both chicks are hot.

Yay!

‘I only believe in gay marriage when both chicks are hot.’

Now we all die a little inside.

Trev Fincham Trev Fincham 1:14 pm 11 Feb 09

Do you mean Hamish and Andy?

Or Scotty and Nige?

Only because I really really care.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 11:36 am 11 Feb 09

I get the impression we’ve been spoofed…

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:35 am 11 Feb 09

Perhaps “girlfriend” is the new catchy term for the primary physical sexual receiver in homosexual relationships – and you’re just a little slow on the up-take, and take things a little to seriously and literally?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:29 am 11 Feb 09

housebound said :

I’m on OP’s side on this one. Integrity from media shouldn’t be too much to ask for.

What next, integrity from used car salesman?

PreciousLilywhite PreciousLilywhite 11:29 am 11 Feb 09

“How can we stand proud within our community, and assert our right to love and marry somebody of our own gender, when those homosexuals bestowed with the privilege of having a voice in the media refuse to acknowledge their true nature?”

Does anyone else sense the irony of this statement when coupled with…

“I am a retired academic and an illustrious member of Canberra’s eclectic and colourful homosexual community”

Dude, I’m not part of your colourful homosexual community and I don’t waltz in academic circles but isn’t it a little hypocritical/ironic to be in a media forum such as this, pressing a point about honesty etc. and essentially asking people to out themselves, yet you, yourself hide behind the cloak of ‘The Professor’?

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