(Update: George has given an interview on BBC news where he clarifies who he is suing. He’s not suing Rupert Murdoch – he’s concerned Murdoch is powerful enough to destroy him – the BBC News 24 transcript is now available)
Singer George Michael is to take legal action against
all some of the media involved propagating lies about his life in recent days. The is a great decision, in my opinion. While a media circus is sure to ensue, as I wrote a couple of days ago, it is now clear they are running a campaign against him, and they aren’t going to stop voluntarily. And, given that the stories that have been printed this week are all blatant lies, it’s a great opportunity to hit them hard. You can even see some of the media lies for yourself [that’s how blatant they’ve been], by comparing my true and accurate transcript of his Richard and Judy interview with the subsequent reports of that interview in the press [e.g. in The Sun and The Mirror, but elsewhere too: the BBC, the Daily Mail and The Evening Standard, among others, have all been involved in publishing either blatant lies, or in inaccurate reporting. Good on George for taking a stand against these idiots.
George Michael announced his decision to take legal action today on the UK’s ITV Evening News programme, broadcast at 6.30pm. A full and accurate transcript of this interview is given below. The tone of this interview was very different to the one on Richard and Judy. George appeared angry, and had clearly had enough of this kind of treatment. I don’t blame him. I wouldn’t have had as much patience with them as he has had. As with the Richard & Judy transcript, you will be able to compare this transcript, with what the papers print tomorrow (if their lawyers let them). It will be interesting to see how the papers react to this. If they’re smart, they will shut up – they’re in big trouble. It is not often that lawyers who advise newspapers let the newspapers dig themselves into as big a hole as they have done this time, because printing blatant lies can be exceptionally expensive. I really hope they’re about to find out just how expensive…
(Female) Interviewer: George, there are some people out there who are not homophobic, who are in a relationship, be that gay or straight – it doesn’t matter. They don’t understand why someone in a long-term relationship, in a partnership, who don’t understand why someone wants to have casual sex outside that relationship.
George: I think women almost never understand this phenomenon, and I totally respect that. I don’t try to explain it to them…
Interviewer: And some men. And some gay men as well.
George: Yes but many, many, many men; many more men that will admit it totally understand the concept; because the idea of “no-strings” sex is very attractive to most men, gay or straight.
Interviewer: In terms of people that don’t understand the idea of casual sex outside a relationship. Can you understand why they would be confused about why you would put your health at risk, potentially?
George: No, I’m sorry. I’m not here to talk about this. We can talk all night, if you want to, about how dangerous it is to go to a bar or a pub, or an ordinary club these days.
Interview: Absolutely all these things have potential risks.
George: And I’m saying that I have been doing this, on and off, since I was a teenager, and never once seen violence. If I want to see violence, or what I call “shameful behaviour” – the idea that women in clubs these days have to hold their hand over their drink for fear of being drugged. Please don’t tell me, as a member of the straight community, that I am taking risks. I know what I do; and I’m sorry, but we (the gay community) should not be taking questions like this from, straight women in particular. Or male… or males…
Interviewer: OK. From gay people. From gay people who don’t…
George: But very few gay people are internally homophobic enough to say, “We don’t want to be represented like this.”
Interviewer: But neither you or I can speak for other gay people.
George: No we can’t. We can’t. But what I can say is, I do not deserve the criticism. What I don’t have respect for, is some demand for answers from an openly gay man who is living his own life. I’m not lying, I’m not cheating anyone. These are normally the elements of a straight scandal: is that a kiss-and-tell involves a straight person who is cheating or lying. I have not cheated or lied about my sex life to anybody in my life, in my entire life. You know, I mean I hate not being able to rise above it. But there’s only so much you can take, and when the media starts to put slurs on my relationship, and indicate that my partner, who is perfectly happy about the way I live my life, and the way we live our lives together. That my partner is calling off our civil partnership, and that I’m having to buy him back with money. These kind of things are just unacceptable. And I’m really just here to say – I’ve had enough really, and I’m going to have to take legal action against pretty much everybody involved.
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