Lord Browne's little blackmailer can be proud of himself. But hey Jeff, I hope you're aware you've got no more chance with any wealthy client now. Back to your suburb ! Splendor and Misery of Courtesans...Nothing to laugh about, actually : all this story of closeted gay big boss is pathetic, and the "tabloid construct" of "gay scandal" is most unflattering for the British society. Basically, nothing seems to have changed since Oscar Wilde's tragedy : more than a hundred years later you still risk public humiliation and persecution for your sexual orientation ! :-((
I have to agree. However, the painful greater truth is that only mass transparency will gradually erode prejudice. Interestingly, the Mail on Sunday - which ran the interview with Chevalier - drew generally sympathetic reader comments to their website. The problem of bigotry lies more at the heart of establishment wealth and power where attitudes and fears are inherited or seen as bound up with the holding of position.As I've always said, human trash tends to rise to the top of the heap.
<< The problem of bigotry lies more at the heart of establishment wealth and power where attitudes and fears are inherited or seen as bound up with the holding of position. >>Not everywhere. Such "outings" as Lord Browne's or Peter Mandelson's wouldn't be possible in the french influenced area, for example, where homosexuality is not an issue. Do you know that the mayor of Paris is openly gay, and constantly re-elected ? I might be wrong, but my bet is that no french tabloid would be interested in publishing the kind of "revelations" Jeff Chevalier sold to the Mail on Sunday. Homophobia is a big taboo in the french media. A positive taboo, for once. :-) The situation is not so good in Québec (probably the american influence) but André Boisclair, the handsome gay leader of the PQ, is a well-respected man, and that's encouraging.I don't think the problem in the U.K. is only a social class problem. If the popular press considers a "gay scandal" is a valuable selling topic, that implies massive approval from the british population. IMHO, of course...
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