DNA cover model Matt Wilson has unintentionally offended the internet in a recent TV interview on the UK’s The Wright Stuff on Channel 5.
The model turned actor plays a gay character on the long-running Australian soap Neighbours.
Speaking of his character in the live interview he said:
“There are a lot of people who think you should have a gay actor playing a gay character, but that’s like saying you should get someone in a wheelchair to play a character in a wheelchair.
“I think it’s important that we are expressing it. We specifically designed the character to act straight and act normal.
“When I say “normal”, I mean he’s not like the characters on Modern Family, where they are flamboyant and camp and they walk around tiptoeing.
“That creates separation – that’s us and them. It shouldn’t be like that. It should be all equal and no-one should have a problem with that. The way other characters act around my character is that there is never a problem at all.”
The unfortunate choice of wording caused instant social media backlash for the LGBTQ+ ally, with his intended character analysis deliberately overlooked in order to fuel fake outrage.
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The 29-year-old later took to social media to apologise.
“Choice of words wasn’t right and apologies if it comes across as offensive.
“The message I want to get across (and this is in support of one of my closest friends as he is having issues coming out) is that he’s sick and tired of people assuming that because his sexuality is different to the guy next to him that they “expected him to act different”. This isn’t the case, and shouldn’t be preached on TV.
“Once again – apologies for offending you, I trust you can see through this and see we are promoting the same message.”
Well said Matt!