McFadden accused of being ‘homophobic’

August 18th, 2008 - 3:00 pm ICT by IANS  


London, Aug 18 (IANS) Irish singer Brian McFadden has sparked outrage in New Zealand after warning heterosexual men not to wear the colour pink. The former Westlife star was guest-hosting an Auckland radio breakfast show when he told listeners: “If you are not gay, a man should not be wearing pink. Saying pink is a form of red is the same as saying homosexual is a form of male.”

Gay rights activists have accused the star of homophobia, reports contactmusic.com.

Robert Marshall, coordinator of Rainbow Youth rights group, said: “It’s the sort of stuff that gets said every day in the schoolyard. A lot of young people are quite impressionable and when they see celebrities saying stuff like that, they think it’s alright to say it themselves.

“It’s always unacceptable to put people down based on their sexuality - it’s just like putting down people because of their race. Judging people just because they’re a little bit different from you.”

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