Attitude Editor: Newspapers Make It Hard For People To Come Out

6 April 2017, 07:43

Former Attitude Editor Explains How The Media Make It Hard To Come Out

After Barry Manilow waited until the age of 73 to reveal he is gay, former Editor of Attitude, Matthew Todd, called in to explain why the media could be to blame.


Why did it take so long for Barry Manilow to come out? The ex-editor of Attitude lays the blame at the door of newspapers who ran articles such as "The Poofs In Pop".

Matthew Todd called Ian Collins to explain that newspapers consistently made like difficult for homosexual people particularly in the 1980s.

And he highlighted a column written in The Sun by Piers Morgan, headlined "The Poofs In Pop".

Ian Collins Barry Manilow

Mr Todd told LBC: "I've seen some journalists working at newspapers talking about Barry Manilow, saying 'We all knew he was gay, why didn't he come out?'

"Well this is the same media that's made it very difficult for decades and decades and decades and there were times when Boy George didn't come out, George Michael was in the closet, lots of different people stayed in the closet.

"I interviewed Piers Morgan once and we talked about a column that he wrote when he edited the Bizarre page in The Sun and there was a feature that he did called "Who Are The Poofs In Pop?" I was a teenager reading that."

James O'Brien in the LBC studio

James O'Brien: Why I'll Never Stop Fighting For The Truth On Grenfell Fire

James O'Brien in the LBC studio

James O'Brien Nails Why People Are So Desperate To Destroy The BBC

Maajid Nawaz got angry as he discussed Islam's history of homophobia

The Proof Islam Has A Problem With Homophobia: Maajid Nawaz

Distressed Ambulance Driver Breaks Down On Air Ove

Distressed Paramedic Breaks Down On Air Over Public Sector Pay Freeze