Neighbours star Matt Wilson, who plays a gay character on the Australian soap, says he ‘acts straight and acts normal’. During an appearance on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, the straight actor was criticized for his comments on how he described his role. He said: ‘There are a lot of people who think you should have a gay actor playing a gay character, but that’s like saying you should get someone in a wheelchair to play a character in a wheelchair. ‘I think it’s important that we are expressing it. We specifically designed the character to act straight and act normal. ‘When I say “normal”, I mean he’s not like the characters on Modern Family, where they are flamboyant and camp and they walk around tiptoeing. ‘That creates separation – that’s us and them. It shouldn’t be like that. It should be all equal and no-one should have a problem with that. The way other characters act around my character is that there is never a problem at all.’ Many called Wilson out on his language. Apologizing, Wilson said on Twitter: ‘Choice of words wasn’t right and apologies if it comes across as offensive. ‘The message I want to get across (and this is in support of one of my closest friends as he is having issues coming out) that he sick and tired of people assuming that because his sexuality is different to the guy next to him that they “expected him to act different”. This isn’t the case, and shouldn’t be preached on TV. ‘Once again – apologies for offending you, I trust you can see through this and see we are promoting the same message.’
Neighbours actor who plays gay character: 'He acts straight and acts normal': Soap star slammed for his choice of words
|by Anonymous||reply 108||Last Thursday at 10:57 PM|
I get it- good for him for playing a character close to what is rather common- plus- woof!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||06/30/2017|
Has Hugh Jackman contacted him yet, to fly him to LA for a breakout role in exchange for....?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||06/30/2017|
Bitch please. We all know what he means (i.e. that his character doesn't flop around like Jack on Will & Grace).
|by Anonymous||reply 3||06/30/2017|
He should have just said "masculine," or as the ads say now, "mainstream." Or "lowkey."
|by Anonymous||reply 4||06/30/2017|
Who are you to tell people what they shouldn't or shouldn't say R4 you facist cunt?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||06/30/2017|
I hate the word "normal". Usually, the word "healthy" is a fitting substitute. That's what people usually mean.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||06/30/2017|
When will the studios be pushing him on us in movies? You know Jackman's all over it.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||06/30/2017|
He specifically defined what he meant by normal. He said he meant guys that DONT stick out in the crowd, are mainstream. That's reality. Effeminate men are noteworthy because they are distinct, DONT blend in with the great majority of men. There is nothing wrong with discussing reality
|by Anonymous||reply 8||06/30/2017|
Norma does not necessarily mean Better. It ALSO means average Or mainstream
|by Anonymous||reply 9||06/30/2017|
"Hi guys. Agreed. Choice of words wasn't right and apologies if it comes across as offensive!" he wrote.
"The message I want to get across (and this is in support of one of my closes friends as he is having issues coming out) that he is sick and tired of people assuming that because his sexuality is different to the guy next to him that they "expected him to act different". This isn't the case, and shouldn't be preached on tv."
|by Anonymous||reply 10||06/30/2017|
R10, I wonder if he's making-up the thing about the friend.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||06/30/2017|
R11, maybe, but I hear bi and gay dudes say that all the time
|by Anonymous||reply 12||06/30/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 13||06/30/2017|
He's an actor so not expected to be terribly bright.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||06/30/2017|
Stuff like this is what blooms self-hatred.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||06/30/2017|
Thanks God we have brave straight actors telling us how gay characters should be played.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||06/30/2017|
And people wonder why gay people rather have gay actors.
Instead you have clueless straight douchebags representing our community to people.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||06/30/2017|
Aside from the obvious 2 or 3 actors who are both gay and non-stereotypical, who would you cast, R17? We going to have the same handful of actors always play the role of the gay guy?
|by Anonymous||reply 18||06/30/2017|
I think the gay people on Modern Family act normal, they argue all the time...I could take that for a few episodes but not all the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||06/30/2017|
Depends on what you mean by "normal." The actors who play those characters certainly portray them in a stereotypically gay manner, to varying degrees. They definitely would not portray a regular male Character with those mannerisms and speech patterns
|by Anonymous||reply 20||06/30/2017|
"Normal" is a synonym for "ordinary". Yet for some reason it's a slight to be called "ordinary" and a huge slap in the face to be called "not normal". Seriously, a guy being a flaming queen is NOT normal, any more than a woman acting like a boozing trucker would be. Some people are whiny cunts who are offended by EVERYTHING.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||06/30/2017|
[quote]Bitch please. We all know what he means (i.e. that his character doesn't flop around like Jack on Will & Grace).
In other words, playing an actual human being and not playing it like a degrading and offensive fucking minstrel show.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||06/30/2017|
Any feminine gay man is a "minstrel" to some...
|by Anonymous||reply 23||06/30/2017|
Well he is saying what so many gay and bi men also say
|by Anonymous||reply 24||06/30/2017|
[quote] Any feminine gay man is a "minstrel" to some...
Even while camping it up to the rafters, Cliff Gorman did more to make Emory more human and believable in 2 hours of [italic]The Boys in the Band[/italic] than Sean Hayes did in all 8 seasons of that NBC minstrel show.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||06/30/2017|
A dramatic film vs a silly half-hour sitcom. OK.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||06/30/2017|
R25 could you use more current and relevant references?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||06/30/2017|
Normal can be such a condescending and borderline derogatory word. It can mean bland and boring, not rocking the boat, beige, try your best to be inoffensive in a cowardly way.
"Why can't you be NORMAL like everybody else?"
Is Neighbors about normal people leading normal, boring lives or do they face all sorts of soap drama and problems that make their lives anything but normal? I mean, I get what the actor tries to articulate, but to paraphrase an old Ab Fab quote (you're just a shopgirl, you know?) You're just hired to look good without a shirt, don't overthink it.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||06/30/2017|
He's hot and straight, which means we need to defend him from gay men calling him out. Assimilate, in other words.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||06/30/2017|
I can't and I won't spend the energy.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||06/30/2017|
Shame he can't act and the character isn't the greatest.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||06/30/2017|
He's lucky he's hot.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||06/30/2017|
Very hot bro
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/01/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 34||12/28/2017|
[quote]Apologizing, Wilson said on Twitter: ‘Choice of words wasn’t right and apologies if it comes across as offensive.
Another non-apologetic apology, easily identified by - all designed not to take actual responsibility:
1. Use of passive voice.
2. Use of pronouns with indeterminate antecedents.
3. Implication that it's the person who might be offended and not the offensive nature of the comment.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||12/28/2017|
At the end of the day the choice of word 'normal' is offensive because it's implying feminine and camp gay guys aren't normal. You can't disagree with that. But I doubt he meant any harm by it I guess, just a bad choice of words. And yesssss I think he's very cute !!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||12/28/2017|
A straight, cute white man getting a pass on here. Why am I not surprised?
|by Anonymous||reply 37||12/28/2017|
His choice of words are definitely offensive because he's implying that camp feminine gay guys aren't normal.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||12/28/2017|
Oh come on....a manly straight guy who thinks effeminate men aren't normal.....this is not news. Many straight guys feel this way....and some gay ones too.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||12/28/2017|
No matter what he says, he'll be castigated for it. Besides, to the mainstream, effeminate male behavior is not the norm. Even gay men turn their noses up at guys who act like that!!!
If he had said that he wished the character behave in a stereotypically flamboyant manner, he'd get dragged for perpetrating a cliched caricature...no one will be happy.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||12/28/2017|
Normal is way too much of a flashpoint word. I like the term/phrase regular guy....
|by Anonymous||reply 41||12/28/2017|
Like he wouldn’t be castigated for saying “regular” instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||12/28/2017|
We need to see his dick pics to see if he is really straight.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||12/28/2017|
My two cents is that he might have been better off saying he was playing a gay character who isn't particularly stereotypical.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||12/28/2017|
LIGHTEN UP, AL GAYDA!
"Normal" guys ARE more masculine than Modern Family's gays. No harm done, the lad meant well.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||12/28/2017|
R25, that might because Cliff Gorman was an--actor!
|by Anonymous||reply 46||12/28/2017|
I have no problem with his statement. He seems genuine and sincere. And good lord, he is hot.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||12/28/2017|
He doesn't LOOK normal.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||12/28/2017|
Agreed. He should have said he was playing a gay character that isn't like the stereotype.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||12/28/2017|
R33 - Another fat, 64 year old DataLounger using the word 'bro', trying to fit himself in the cool tribe?
|by Anonymous||reply 50||12/28/2017|
Neighbors cast and crew members will be marching at this year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the show have a presence at the community event,Fair Day. Taping a storyline revolving around the Mardi Gras.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||01/25/2019|
There is not outrage about this. Just some non-writers who make a meagre scrappy living connected to posting outrage online.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||01/25/2019|
I get what he's saying, the words he used to covey just weren't the best, that's all.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||01/25/2019|
I still think the actor who plays his brother Mark (on the left) is hotter.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||01/25/2019|
R53 = mainstream?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||01/25/2019|
Aussies lack a filter....they’re much more direct than Americans.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||01/25/2019|
I agree with him. I think he was trying to be sensitive about the issue. Modern family 2 gay characters set the gay movement back 20 years. This is the way middle americans veiw gays from the way these 2 characters flit around and camp it up . Disgusiting.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||01/25/2019|
Maybe he just needs some encouragement. We could lend him a Savage Garden CD?
|by Anonymous||reply 58||01/25/2019|
*Looks at OP's picture*
I forgive him
|by Anonymous||reply 59||01/25/2019|
[quote] Implication that it's the person who might be offended and not the offensive nature of the comment.
Aren't we constantly being told that INTENT doesn't matter, only the offensive word? How else could you apologize if you didn't know the term was offensive at the time you made it? Circular logic.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||01/25/2019|
R51 Is the 'guy' in front a tranny or just very disturbing looking?
|by Anonymous||reply 61||01/25/2019|
His thighs are like meaty lollipops.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||01/25/2019|
R62 Does that mean I can lick them until I get to the "center"?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||01/25/2019|
He looks like Ryan Reynolds-this guy has the same GAY lips and the GAY stare in the eyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||01/25/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 65||01/29/2019|
[quote] Aside from the obvious 2 or 3 actors who are both gay and non-stereotypical,
In what universe? Most actors are not straight, period. Anyone working in theater or film/tv knows this. Be them out and proud, bi, closeted or whatever, the truth is effeminate men are a minority within every group, that's why they stand out.
Stop being a bunch of offended 8 year olds.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||01/29/2019|
R66, most celebrity actors certainly are straight. Obscure ones are possibly another story
|by Anonymous||reply 67||01/29/2019|
Funny how different the reaction to these comments vs. Russell Tovey's...
|by Anonymous||reply 68||01/29/2019|
I personally do not watch any gay movie with a straight actor performing as a gay.These movies are supposed to be directed to a gay audience not for straights.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||01/29/2019|
R61 He is half-Japanese
|by Anonymous||reply 70||02/08/2019|
That’s stupid r69
|by Anonymous||reply 71||02/08/2019|
[quote] "Norma does not necessarily mean Better. It ALSO means average Or mainstream —Anonymous"
I've never been better, boy.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||02/08/2019|
This is the first time I've ever seen Neighbours mentioned on the DL. I feel the need to mark it by posting this song.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||02/08/2019|
The outraged Pakistani-Berminghammer who wrote the OP's piece is an employee who's paid to be permanently-outraged.
We should ignore this Neighbours TV soap-opera, ignore this paid-outrage soap-opera and concentrate on the fact that the subject of the thread (Matt Wilson) appears in Aussie-Bum commercials with a semi-engorged penis.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||02/16/2019|
The Neighbours characters are certainly a hot couple, though would be nice if at least one of them was gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||02/16/2019|
I don't watch 'Neighbours' but I hear it has suffered in comparison to all the eye-candy in 'Home and Away'.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||02/16/2019|
Home and Away doesn't even have a gay storyline so who cares.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||02/16/2019|
He can portray me anytime he likes.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||02/16/2019|
I like the pictures where he allows the speedos to display his pubes.
And the other ones where he grips himself.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||02/17/2019|
They should have given the role to Jack Stratton Smith, who's dating Australia's answer to Graham Norton.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||02/17/2019|
Jack's cute, but he doesn't have the same look as Matt Wilson.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||02/17/2019|
R80 "Australia's answer to Graham Norton" is a daffy mincing queen.
Daffy mincing queens are in demand at the moment like poodles or African babies used to be.
He will have to develop a bigger 'schtick' if he doesn't want his career to fade like Julian Cary's did.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||02/17/2019|
His co-star and screen partner tired of being asked what it's like to play a gay character
|by Anonymous||reply 83||03/12/2019|
Has Hugh Jackman bareback fucked his ass yet?
|by Anonymous||reply 84||03/12/2019|
He forgot to add that his character is also as anodyne and sexless as any gay character on Australian soaps.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||03/12/2019|
R79 Matt Wilson is gay for pay on TV but he spent about 12 hours being a public spectacle in 2days of Sydney's Mardi Gras last month.
Endless number of queens came up and demanded selfies. Sometimes Matt embraced them and sometimes he merely pretended to embrace them. But he was smiling constantly.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||03/18/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 87||03/26/2019|
[Quote] He forgot to add that his character is also as anodyne and sexless as any gay character on Australian soaps.
Still doing better than Home And Away.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||03/26/2019|
Are gay characters not allowed to have sex on the Australian soaps?
|by Anonymous||reply 89||03/26/2019|
Matt I believe recently posted something about how Neighbors would be changing its tv rating so would allow the show to be a little more naughty or something.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||03/26/2019|
R90 they might as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||03/26/2019|
R89 No characters are allowed to have sex on Australian soaps if they are shown before 9pm in the evening.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||03/31/2019|
I agree with him....I'm tired of the gay "minstrel" character on TV.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||03/31/2019|
Probably not the best term for him to use even though in his case I don't think he meant anything untoward. "Typical" might have been more palatable to the oversensitive types that run rampant on social media. But for those people even THAT would probably be "problematic".
Unfortunately, words like "normal/abnormal" , "deviation/deviant", "aberrant/aberration" have ,through constant use by anti-homosexual groups and individuals, developed negative connotations that are meant to be a form of attack and condemnation. Technically, they are true and apt descriptors for natural world phenomenon but they have been politicized.
I think "variant/variation" has a nicer sound to it.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||03/31/2019|
All is FORGIVEN!
|by Anonymous||reply 95||03/31/2019|
Bautiful skin---looks so soft and creamy. But him being Australian we all know THAT won't last.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||03/31/2019|
^^^Beautiful, I mean.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||03/31/2019|
R95, I think I detect a possible cut cock outline in those underwear, but I can't be 100% certain.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||03/31/2019|
He has a semi-stiffie in some of his Aussie Bum advertisements.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||03/31/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 100||04/06/2019|
He seems gorgeous, so all is forgiven!
|by Anonymous||reply 101||04/06/2019|
He's no David Wolfman Williams.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||04/07/2019|
[quote]before 9pm in the evening.
As opposed to before 9pm in the morning?
|by Anonymous||reply 103||04/07/2019|
R102 David Wolfman Williams has disappeared from public life.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||04/07/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 105||04/14/2019|
If she is "str8" then so are we!
|by Anonymous||reply 106||04/14/2019|
It's pointless complaining about the words uttered by pretty-boy soap stars.
90% of the dialogue they utter on screen is utterly brainless and inconsistent from week to week.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||Last Thursday at 10:42 PM|
I appreciate that the gay charactors on Neighbours aren't mincing caracitures like on the US sitcoms. They are just regular guys who happen to be gay. In my experience that is closer to reality.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||Last Thursday at 10:57 PM|