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UK Talk Show Host Alan Carr Hits Back at 'Self-Loathing' Gays for Outrage Over His PETA 'Fairy' Ad

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UK talk show host Alan Carr is speaking out after an ad he did for PETA caused some Twitter users to attack him for perpetuating stereotypes and accommodating slurs directed at gay men.

Tweeted Carr in response:

"The 'fairy' in the @Peta campaign refers to my 'Tooth Fairy' DVD that's all. Take my advice if you act like a victim you get treated like 1...Don't worry twitter they'll be another bandwagon you can jump on in a minute zzzzzzzzzzzzzz...Hey and before all you oh so worthy gays get back on your high horse the most homophobia I get is from gays. #selfloathing"

PETA released a statement in response to the controversy:

“PETA, like Marmite, welcomes vigorous discussion about our ads because getting people talking is the first step in raising awareness of important animal issues. Alan Carr’s ad humorously conveys the very serious homeless-animal crisis that has caused hundreds of thousands of animals to languish in shelters across the country and means thousands of healthy, highly adoptable animals are being euthanized, simply for lack of homes. The only solution to this growing problem is for people to sterilize their animal companions, and we’re very grateful to Alan for lending his support to the campaign.”

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  1. This is the hard part - how do we move into a more public space where we're expected and now seen to act a certain way, when we have a rich history of being on the margins? I find it hard to believe, as much African culture as been used and rediscovered by the black community over the decades, that we can't do the same with our drag words and fairy wings.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Apr 16, 2014 3:41:04 PM


  2. What an idiot.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Apr 16, 2014 3:46:05 PM


  3. It's offensive, obviously -- an effeminate man in a pink tie with fairy wings. The British have a hard time understanding how racist and homophobic they can be. Stereotyping is sort of a national pastime in a classist society.

    Posted by: Richard | Apr 16, 2014 3:51:22 PM


  4. Regardless if this ad will perpetuate the stereotype, I can laugh at that poster whole day cause that poster is just so freaking hilarious.

    Posted by: Ppp | Apr 16, 2014 3:53:18 PM


  5. It amazes me that people get on their high horse about this ad but nobody says a word about Cam's awful over-stereotyping on Modern Family. I cannot watch the show because he sets my teeth on edge.

    Posted by: Stevo | Apr 16, 2014 3:59:07 PM


  6. STEVO: Makes you wonder which gay is the target of bashers, if your teeth are being set on edge by a TV character.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 16, 2014 4:09:06 PM


  7. Umm, it's PETA - which euthanizes huge numbers of dogs and cats at their "shelters" (i.e., kill factories). I couldn't possibly like them any less than I already do.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 16, 2014 4:16:14 PM


  8. Oh god, some people are just determined to be offended about something every day. Did you also freak out when The Rock played a tooth fairy in a movie by the same name, or was it okay because the wings weren't pink?

    Posted by: Oy Vey | Apr 16, 2014 4:20:15 PM


  9. Some folks automatically think any stereotypical portrayal of Gay people is hilarious. Yukety-yuk-yuk! Like Pavlov's dog salivating at the sound of a buzzer, they hear or see a crude joke and crack up on cue. People like RuPaul and Alan Carr who trade in demeaning images of LGBT folk do it for their own personal gain. Don't be fooled into thinking these publicity whores have the best interests of anybody else (human or animal) in mind.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Apr 16, 2014 4:30:59 PM


  10. If it annoys the Twitterati, it's almost certainly a good thing.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 16, 2014 5:03:49 PM


  11. We are not effeminate trans women, so no "self"-loathing.

    Posted by: litper | Apr 16, 2014 5:58:57 PM


  12. I find it odd that 'Fairy' is totally offensive and should be banned, while many people see 'Queer' as perfectly acceptable just because some people chose to reclaim it.

    Posted by: Vera | Apr 16, 2014 7:08:27 PM


  13. I would call him out for having anything to do with PETA. PETA used to be a worthwhile organization until it was hijacked by far left extremists who are no better than the far right extremist. Give to your local humane societies, never to a national humane society. The money remains local and doesn't fund an inhumane bully pulpit organization.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Apr 16, 2014 7:22:57 PM


  14. Typical effeminate gay man who believes that any gay man who is not effeminate is just pretending to be something he is not and is therefore "self-loathing".

    Another example of why the culture of effeminacy needs to be eradicated and the practitioners of it treated as pariahs.

    Glad to see the response on Twitter suggests that that is what is happening....

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 16, 2014 7:55:40 PM


  15. @vera

    I don't think any of us have ever embraced the term fairy. While many of us use the terms fag and queer with each other. Fairy also has a feminizing and demeaning aspect to it. And has off shoots such as Tinkerbell. It is a term used to emasculate us. And in this instance the photo doesn't help. We aren't men but some in between gender.

    I am also sure that anyone of a certain age who has one of the many names that rhymes with it can tell you stories of going thru school being referred to as Fairy Gary or Gary the Fairy. Or really if you were alive in the 70s its likely you were called this on more than one occasion. Or how many 70s shows that showed gay characters invariably had the Tinkerbell epithet thrown around. Wasn't that mr ropers pet name for Jack?

    So while I am not one always hopping on the offended "bandwagon", I do think this portrayal is about 30 years out of date and used a more loaded term

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Apr 16, 2014 7:58:48 PM


  16. So much drama! It's really simple people: did he want to do this? Was he okay with the way it turned out? If the answers are yes then move on.

    Posted by: daws | Apr 16, 2014 8:15:31 PM


  17. This is b4ing reported on in TR, but not whst occurred in Boston on Monday evening? If you don't know, google 'Kayvon Edson'. Mr/Ms Edson is a self described bipolar, drag queen, performance artist/clothing designer who decided to ..... well, just google his name.

    I'm amazed TR hasn't reported on the gay/queer/trans news story.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 16, 2014 8:55:54 PM


  18. This whole "masc" vs. "femme" thing really upsets me. Yes, I understand that early (and some current) media portrayals of gay men are quite femme, but that should only be an outrage if bigoted straight people think that's ALL we are. But the fact of the matter is, femme guys exist, and shouldn't be shamed. The whole "masc only" thing on the dating/hook-up sites really gets to me. Femme gays exist and should be proud of who they are. "Straight-acting" men (a term I HATE) also exist, and should also be proud of who they are. As should everyone in between. The only thing we should be up in arms about is the neutered, de-sexualized portrayals, which portray us as harmless sidekicks to straight women. not the level at which people lisp and gesture or are hairy and muscular. Masculinity and femininity are irrelevant. We're a diverse community who should stop being so judgmental and should rather embrace one another as we are.

    Posted by: L'Herb | Apr 16, 2014 10:12:10 PM


  19. Alan Carr looks almost like a camp little twit. Camp little twits generally love to be exploited by straight guys and women. If the camp little twit enjoys doing advertising, it usually means he loves the money.

    Posted by: jason | Apr 16, 2014 11:23:49 PM


  20. @L'Herb...Thank you for being the only reasonable voice on this comment thread. I agree 100% !!

    To all the haters on here, Alan Carr is an extremely successful comedian and talk show host in the UK. He is completely in charge of his own image and how it is presented in the media. Don't even try to call him out. If any of you were actually in the same room as him and tried that crap he would eat you for lunch and then bounce happily off to dinner with Adele.

    Posted by: james | Apr 17, 2014 11:55:52 AM


  21. I'd be sympathetic with him for his ad was only meant as humor----IF he hadn't tweeted an idiotic response to some critics.

    Either he is self-loathing or a bigot.

    Too bad.

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Apr 17, 2014 3:12:24 PM


  22. I love Alan Carr but lets be honest half the guys here thought the same thing as the "Self-Loathing" gays in the UK. We always ask for tolerance yet were really mean little queens at heart. That's the truth, until we fix are self and stop being cruel to one another how do you expect homophia outside the gay community to change

    Posted by: The Truth | Apr 17, 2014 10:38:48 PM


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