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Australian Idol Guy Sebastian Deals with Gay Rumors Too

SebastianClay Aiken isn't the only Idol constantly forced to deal with the gay question. Australian Idol Guy Sebastian, a heterosexual Christian virgin, says the gay rumors have been relentless and have inspired enough vandalism and abuse to make him want to quit singing:

"Someone spray-painted the word 'faggot' on my car. I grew up playing footy, I worked as a forklift driver at a warehouse in Adelaide. I move to Sydney and became a singer and suddenly I was a pansy and getting people calling me 'faggot'.' There's always that five per cent of people who are destructive and want to rip you down. They just have to say bad stuff to you like 'You're a has-been' and 'You're a faggot' ... really rude stuff. My house was getting egged, I was getting abused in the street. I was thinking about just being a producer behind the scenes, running a studio, and not having to go on TV or deal with the public. I was in a bad state for a while, I didn't want to see anyone. Any time my music career would come up I would get emotional and stressed."

Perhaps Sebastian should take some advice from Aiken, who told People that he's on the prescription anti-depressant Paxil:

"I said (to my doctor), 'Listen, I don't want to go to a therapist. I have nothing against therapists. I want to think I can do this on my own.' And she recommended that I try a medication. … Now I can sit here; I can go into a store; I can handle a photo shoot. I'm able to get rid of all that stuff in the periphery. It makes everything easier."

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  1. Uh...might wanna fix that headline. It's Guy Sebastian. I think.

    Posted by: nuflux | Sep 20, 2006 12:51:59 PM

  2. Andy .. is the typo in the headline intended?

    Posted by: Zakky | Sep 20, 2006 1:03:06 PM

  3. Freudian slip.

    Posted by: andy | Sep 20, 2006 1:03:35 PM

  4. It's always so nice to hear straight people complaining about how awful and unfair it is to be subjected to homophobia based on false rumors and innuendo. It's as if they're saying, "It's not right for people to call me a faggot, assault me and destroy my property. I'M STRAIGHT”. What they never seem to get, or at least never seem to say, is that the problem is the hate, the homophobia and the bigotry, NOT that they are "innocent" straight victims.

    And, Once again, an artist explains how his sexuality shouldn’t be questioned because he's masculine, plays footie and drives a forklift, since no gay man could possibly do any of these things with his limp wrists and aversion to all things strenuous.

    Maybe this dumbass should have a talk with fellow Australian Ian Roberts, a former Class A, professional footballer who was at one time Australia's highest paid and most highly regarded footballer. Ian was also openly gay for his final few years in the league. Who’da thunk it?

    If these guys want to change the way they're treated then they should fight against homophobia and bigotry. The day that no gay or lesbian person is harassed, assaulted or bullied for being gay, is the very same day that no straight person will be harassed, assaulted or bullied because of a gay rumor.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 20, 2006 1:12:18 PM

  5. DAMN! Thank you Zeke.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 20, 2006 1:25:15 PM

  6. Zeke nailed it, just like he did with his Clay Aiken comments.

    Posted by: sam | Sep 20, 2006 2:31:51 PM

  7. Straight Christian VIRGIN. Ugh. I should have known. And I agree with Zeke. The big problem is homophobia -both internalized and overt- and that is something that should be addressed.

    Posted by: xavier | Sep 20, 2006 2:44:06 PM

  8. "They just have to say bad stuff to you like 'You're a has-been" and 'You're a faggot' ... really rude stuff."

    No you idiot, the bad thing is you are on a talentless show and no one with half a brain could give a shit if you could play footy or drive a forklift. Neither of which is exclusive to being straight or gay, or male or female for that matter. While you may not be gay you are most certainly an asshole.

    Being gay is not a 'bad thing' you schmuck, but being a clueless homophobe and not being aware of it is. Get a clue.

    Posted by: pbnyc59 | Sep 20, 2006 3:33:52 PM

  9. Did any of you read the article:
    Sebastian said he was offended by that word ["faggot"] because 30 per cent of his friends were gay." The guy is pro-gay, and since he is an indigenous Australian; he probably knows what bigotry is.

    Posted by: noah | Sep 20, 2006 4:50:04 PM

  10. OK, once again, I open my mouth wide and insert both feet.

    I woke up full of piss and vinegar this morning with an opinion on everything and way too much drive to share it with anyone who would listen. From my past experience I should have known that those are the days that I should stay in bed and keep my mouth (and typing fingers) shut.

    I confess that I didn't read the whole article; something that I am forever calling other people on and as always happens I made a fool of myself.

    Thanks Noah. I owe ya one bubba. ;)

    My rant, which in other cases is appropriate, was NOT appropriate in this case. This guy, in spite of the "footy and forklifts" comment, seems like a genuinely nice and thoughtful person.

    Apologies to him and the posters here.

    That makes my second public apology today.

    I'm going back to bed before I do some serious damage! :)

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 20, 2006 5:18:47 PM

  11. 30% of Guy Sebastian's friends are gay?

    Man, I didn't get that number in my last GCR (Gay Census Report) ... I gotta re-run the data

    Posted by: Harrison | Sep 20, 2006 5:29:53 PM

  12. I was going to say, Zeke that he seemed to be suffering more than his share of abuse down under for queer rumors. His abuse should not have happened, of course, even if he were anti-gay--though the irony would not be lost on anyone I suppose.

    Ian R. suffered a lot after he came out, and I think he played Aussie Rules Football, not soccer (to clarify). I'm lazy--didn't he attempt suicide a one point or suffer from some serious illness? I may post again after looking around.

    Posted by: Anon | Sep 20, 2006 5:33:46 PM

  13. It's horrible what's happening to him. Humanity at it's worst.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 20, 2006 6:03:08 PM

  14. ANON, you're right, Ian did play Aussie Rules Football. That's what I meant by "footballer", though I probably used the wrong term. I'm not really sure what they call football players, as opposed to soccer players, in Australia.

    I think Ian did attempt suicide, but it was before he came out rather than after. He has always been very positive about his coming out and how much better his life was after he took the plunge. He's an actor now.

    Here is a link to Ian Robert’s information for those who are interested:

    Though I made some inappropriate accusations against Mr. Sebastian, I have to say that I still think the best way to stop straight people from becoming the victims of homophobia is by eliminating homophobia. I don't think that straight victims of homophobia are any more innocent and undeserving of the abuse than gay people. No one should be the victim of bigotry, misdirected or not.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 21, 2006 12:08:39 AM

  15. Hmmmm

    I dunno...unless there's been a death or something truly tragic....i usually have a hard time feeling sorry for rich celebrities.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 21, 2006 4:34:58 AM

  16. "...and since he is an indigenous Australian" - actually Guy Sebastian's background is Sri Lankan/Malaysian/Portuguese/English. Still, he's just as likely to cop bigotry in little old Adelaide as the next Koori.

    And Ian Roberts played Rugby League, not AFL. I'm a great admirer of Ian and all that he's achieved in battling ignorance and discrimination against the queer community, but please, if you saw the man on Dancing With The Stars you'd know he wouldn't last five minutes in AFL with the flexibility and fine motor-skills required! They didn't call him the "dancing block of flats (apartments)" for nothing!!! :)


    Posted by: tori | Sep 22, 2006 12:10:10 AM

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