Ian McKellen Wants ‘the Only Gay in the Village’ to Tone It Down

DaffydIn a talk to students at Sudbury Upper School in the UK, actor Ian McKellen expressed his dissatisfaction with flamboyant portrayals of gay men, and also the word gay.

 Said McKellen: "The idea of camp can be misleading. I have to confess that I am little disquieted at times by the way that gays are portrayed, particularly on television. Something like Little Britain is not particularly helpful. I know Matt Lucas will say that he is gay and it is not offensive but I don't think it gets the right message across. If you are gay you don't have to be camp. Also the word gay has become used as a derogatory term and this is something which education can help to resolve. Either that or we choose another word to describe ourselves. I rather like another G word – glorious."