When he’s not busy performing his duties as ‘Britain’s Most Famous and Controversial Art Critic’, it seems that Brian Sewell spends quite a lot of his time watching Coronation Street. If he’s honest, he doesn’t really enjoy it. Too many gays you see..
In an opinion piece published in The Daily Mail, Sewell pointed out that while he was by no means against the inclusion of gays in mainstream television, he feels that their inclusion should be proportional, especially before the watershed.
“Is it true that the lives of heterosexual Mancunians are haplessly intertwined with transvestites, transsexuals, teenage lesbians and a horde of homosexuals across the age range?” Is Manchester now the Sodom of the North?” asked Sewell. “Where once we had no gaiety at all, we now, perhaps, have rather too much.”
After comparing a street with more than one homosexual on it to a city that was so gay, God himself wiped it from the face of the earth, Sewell went on list the characters that were risking the fabric of Britain’s finest television institution.
“We have lesbian teenagers Sophie Webster and her girlfriend Sian Powers… homosexual Sean Tully, the part-time barman in the Rovers Return, who is set to tie the knot with boyfriend Marcus Dent later this year in what will be the show’s first civil partnership and middle-aged cross-dresser Marc Selby.”
“There are also countless peripheral gay characters. Ted Paige, the father of long-suffering Gail Platt, revealed he was gay, while Ken Barlow’s long-lost grandson James, who appeared in the show last year, also turned out to be homosexual.”
“There’s too much, not only of gay men — who are estimated to make up just 6 per cent of the population, but who dominate the storylines in the soap — but also of lesbians, bisexuals, the trans-gender community, cross-dressers and everyone else with some sexual quirk or fetish.”
Not content with this stinging broadside on the Corrie scriptwriters (one of whom is, you know.. gay) Sewell went on to suggest that some sort of gay mafia were controlling television.
“There are mafias in every field of activity — commercial, aesthetic and intellectual. Scots favour Scots, Irishmen favour the Irish, Armenians exiled in the Twenties were notorious for assisting other Armenians, Jews once considered favouring Jews a duty to their race, and homosexuals have always favoured other homosexuals,” he added. “It’s how minorities — who are often, but not always, persecuted — gain strength and influence.”
Let us know what you think of Brian Sewell’s comments. Has Corrie become ‘too gay’?