Since coming out in 2006, ex-Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes has been increasingly outspoken about issues of sexuality, and his latest comments during an interview with UK gay magazine GT may ruffle some feathers. When asked his opinions about the representation of gay people in popular culture, Hayes said, ‘I have a whole issue about mainstream pop and certainly television culture, and how damaging that is in terms of dumbing down being gay.
All those cliches about being gay I think are really limiting whereas in reality it’s just a trait, it’s like eye colour or hair colour, it’s a physical trait. Being gay is somehow an indulgent choice? It infuriates me. You’re either (UK comedian) Graham Norton or George Michael getting arrested in parks and I’m neither of those things.
When asked what he thought of popular gay sitcom Will and Grace, Hayes let fly with a further spray.
I think it appeals to the lowest common denominator that basically there are two types of gay men, the slut, or there’s the straight acting guy. Neither of these things have anything to do with penises, or cocks in mouths or any of the things that are related to being gay.