Piers Morgan butted heads with an LGBTQ+ activist who argued that solely homosexual actors can play homosexual characters.
The talk was sparked by feedback from Doctor Who author Russell T Davies, who defined that he solely chose real gay actors for the gay roles in his new Channel 4 sequence It’s A Sin to make sure they might ship an genuine portrayal.
Throughout Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, Piers continued the talk with author and LGBTQ+ activist Benjamin Butterworth who agreed with Russell’s notion on homosexual roles.
Requested by Piers who ought to have performed Elton John within the Rocketman biopic as a substitute of Taron Egerton who’s straight, Benjamin replied: ‘He was virtually nearly as good at straight performing as Elton John was till the 80s I suppose.’
Piers then hit again: ‘Instantly you’re struggling as a result of you understand there’s one thing preposterous about saying the one particular person that may play Elton John is a homosexual man.’
Nonetheless, Benjamin argued: ‘I don’t settle for that as a result of what I’m saying is there’s a motive why homosexual actors are underrepresented and that’s why they need to get these roles and be higher at them.’
In response to Piers, the one manner for homosexual actors to ‘get a greater crack on the whip’ is for them to easily be ‘good actors’.
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid debated with Christopher Biggins and Benjamin Butterworth (Image: ITV, Rex)
‘To me it’s concerning the high quality of the performing. If you happen to’re an excellent actor you’ll be able to play something… The place do you are taking this nonsense?,’ the presenter stated.
Actor Christopher Biggins, who’s brazenly homosexual, weighed into the dialogue and agreed with Piers that homosexual roles shouldn’t be reserved solely for homosexual actors.
Christopher argued: ‘Ridiculous, performing is performing. Appearing is taking up a personality and turning into that character.
‘Tom Courteney performed the outrageously camp dresser [in film The Dresser] however he wasn’t homosexual and performed it beautifully.’
Piers later joked: ‘Once they make a biopic on my life, I don’t give a rattling who performs me, I don’t care who they’re so long as it wins a load of awards.’
His co-host Susanna Reid quipped again: ‘I don’t suppose they’ll discover anybody who’s lived your experiences, Piers.’
Earlier within the week, Piers reacted to Russell’s feedback and stated on Tuesday: ‘Equality means equality or it doesn’t… I simply don’t get it.
‘Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, one of many all-time nice performing roles, would he have performed it extra powerfully if he’d been a homosexual actor? I don’t suppose so. Did it shine a lightweight on Aids which was massively helpful to Aids about that debate? Sure as a result of it was Tom Hanks.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.