At 8.55 this evening, an interview with the singer George Michael was broadcast on the BBC news channel, News 24. In this interview, George builds on the earlier interview broadcast on ITV. Specifically, George clarifies precisely who he is going to sue. Interestingly, he feels unable to touch Rupert Murdoch, because of the power the Murdoch wields in the world. George feels that Murdoch can essentially destroy anyone he wants. Well, the good news George, is that Rupert Murdoch is not God, he is mortal; and the truth is, he’s an old man – and old man who will die very soon now. He doesn’t have long left. Perhaps we should all pray that Mr Murdoch dies within the next few weeks, because, to be honest, I’ve had enough of him existing on this planet. It really is time the evil old fucker kicked the bucket – he’s way past his “use by” date. And when he’s dead, I hope everyone pops along to his grave to have a piss on it, and generally deface it. He is a disgusting human being, and deserves to be treated with as little respect as possible. Actually, if I can, I wouldn’t mind popping along to his funeral, and pissing into his casket😉
Anyway, back to the interview. The full transcript is give below, as usual it’s full and accurate. You can now also watch a video of the broadcast. The tone of this was much more relaxed that the ITV Interview (George even smiled at one point!). So, it seems he had calmed down a bit by the time this piece was recorded.
Interviewer: George Michael told me the events reported in the News Of The World had no happened, and that he had decided to act…
George: I am suing the photographers for harassment, hopefully also for libel because they are the “witnesses”. I am suing the individual involved, who I have never ever seen; let alone wanted to have any kind of sexual encounter with. And I’m currently investigating suing the secondary sources of libel – which is the people who decided that Mr Murdoch’s story could do with some more kind of zhoozhing up, as they say; and said that my partner had called off our wedding, and the day after that my partner had paid or had been given a million pounds and was now interested in marrying me again. These are things that are not really acceptable.
Interviewer: Sure. But you know what the doubters will say to that: you will sue the secondary sources; you will sue the man who you say you never met anyway, who’s clearly not a wealthy man; but you won’t touch Rupert Murdoch and the News Of The World who instigated it. And people will have doubts about that.
George: Oh I don’t know. You find me someone who’s happy to sue Rupert Murdoch in the modern world – I’d love to meet them.
Interviewer: You’re better off than most, aren’t you?
George: But you’ve got to remember… yeah absolutely, well I’m not talking about money, I’m talking about, do you want to be destroyed? I’m here to say, I’m suing the guy who says he met me, because he didn’t. I’m suing the photographers because they’re harassing me. And that I should not have to worry about who’s watching me at 2.30 in the morning. And I’m now investigating how far libel law covers me.
Interviewer: There was a point made, following the original newspaper disclosure, when you spoke to Richard and Judy, and you talked about cruising being part of the gay culture. That upset a number of gay people, judging by a phone-in I heard the next day, who said, “Well it’s not part of *my* culture”. Isn’t there a danger you’re trying to bring everybody into this basket?
George: No, no, no, no, no , no – I’m only talking about my life. And I’m not even trying to justify that. I’m not here to justify cruising – I think that’s a completely homophobic standpoint to take. It’s private. That’s the point. What I was doing was private.
Interviewer: It’s not always private, though. That’s the problem, isn’t it?
George: That’s not my issue is it?
Interviewer: Well, it is if you happen to be walking past at the time.
George: *grinning* Well, I don’t know anybody that actually goes to Hampstead Heath at two o’clock in the morning, for anything other than the reason for playing about with another member of the human race. If they are there at 2 o’clock in the morning, then they’re a little bit strange, or they just don’t know the local area. Why I’m answerable for any of this is beyond me! Because, to me, none of these questions are anything to do with me if you take away the fact that there are photographers stalking me, through the night. And it’s OK because they have cameras round their necks. You know, I’ve been asked several times, as though I bring my sexuality to the public.
Interviewer: Well, I was about to ask you that. Aren’t people now entitled to be sick of reading about your sex life and your sexuality?
George: *I’m* sick of reading about it. Well, the thing is – does any one of them think that I have created this situation? If you think that George Michael has created a situation where people are constantly having to read about his sex life, you have to think about the fact that I have done nothing this year that’s against the law. I’ve done nothing to encourage talk about my sex life. The question is not why I bring it to the public, it’s why I have to defend it in public – ‘cos I don’t want to have to talk about it at all.
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