Last night at the recording of Live at the Apollo, Julian Clary left the stage close to tears and upset by what some audience members claimed was extreme homophobic heckling.
The Celebrity Big Brother winner, who has played in front of sold out and happy crowds with his well received new show for the last few weeks, must have felt so shocked by this completely different crowd, who reacted so badly to his act.
It is rumoured that one of the hecklers was Olympic Gold medallist Geraint Thomas whom he had asked onstage to take part in the act. During their onstage conversation the sport star said something that appeared to upset Clary so much even Thomas’ Twitter followers asked what he had done.
A follower called Danny West tweeted:
“mate what did you say to Julian Clary to upset him like that?!”
How terrible for Julian to suffer this, he is so loved by his audience but the Apollo crowd must just be wrong for him.
I have recently noticed this trend, almost a segregation of comedy. Comedians like Julian Clary, Alan Carr, David Walliams and Graham Norton are loved by a very big, but specific audience. This is easily seen on Twitter. When they appear on the right shows they get nothing but (deserved) love. If they appear on the wrong shows which caters to a different audience Twitter goes into overdrive with homophobic (even for Walliams) hatred. It is just so extremely sad that Julian had to suffer this in person.
He isn’t the only one to have faced homophobic abuse this week either. When Nick Grimshaw debuted his Radio 1 show on Monday, Twitter was littered with listners saying he was “too gay” a “poncy faggot” had a “too camp” voice, was an “annoying little queer” and worse. The worst comment for me was :
“I will make it my life ambition to murder Nick Grimshaw #getfucked #faggot”
Don’t worry about the haters, Julian, there are millions of fans who love you dearly.
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