Will Young has slammed Spencer Matthews for making an ‘offensive’ comment about which contestant seemed to be the ‘least gay’ on This Is My House.
Made In Chelsea star Spencer appeared as a judge alongside his wife Vogue Williams on the BBC reality series, which is hosted by Stacey Dooley.
The series follows four people who claim to own the same house and be the same person, but only one of them is telling the truth. During episode four, which aired last Thursday, four people insisted they were each Mitch from Leicester but, of course, only one of them was being genuine.
Former reality star Spencer asked the group: ‘Who’s the least gay, in your opinion?’
Comedian Jamali replied: ‘Four, based on nothing?’ as Spencer asked: ‘Four is the least gay?’ before they shared a laugh.
Reacting to the scene, Will – who is openly gay – wrote in his Instagram stories on Monday: ‘Asking “who is the least gay” on @BBCiPlayer @BBC #ThisIsMyHouseBBC1 I find completely offensive.
‘What does “least gay” mean? Most “masculine”, least “effeminate” “for f**k sake @bbc don’t you realise it is completely reaffirming offensive and shaming stereotypes, I’m gay, take it up the *** and like football and cars. Might blow your mind …. @spencermatthews [sic].’
The former Pop Idol winner has been open about his experience of coming out as gay and recently revealed the ‘awful, internalised shame’ he used to feel.
During an appearance on Sunday Brunch last September, Will explained: ‘I was doing this podcast, it’s an LGBT podcast, and a lot of gay shame came up,’ he explained to hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer.
‘Particularly when you’re growing up feeling that you’re wrong in society, all the messages that you’re getting from movies and TV – this is back in the day, we’re much better now.
‘But it creates this awful, internalised shame and it starts from when you’re really young, and it’s a topic that is quite unexplored.’
The Leave Right Now singer went on to say he wanted to take a deep dive into these emotions in his autobiography in a way that wasn’t ‘boring’, and so looked back on his life to discuss the different scenarios where shame was put upon him.
‘Some of the stories I had completely forgotten,’ he admitted.
‘It’s soul-destroying to walk around thinking, “I am not for this world, I am wrong,” it destroys your inner being.’
‘But it was all just part of the parcel,’ he stressed.
‘People were homophobic about you on the radio, on TV or in the press – you didn’t do anything about it, it was just the way it was.’
‘But it was very different then,’ the singer confessed, adding: ‘I didn’t’ realise I had gay shame until I was about 32, but I got out of it.’
Spencer Matthews’ reps declined to comment. Metro.co.uk has reached out to the BBC for comment.
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