Prince Harry’s alleged homophobia divides gay rights groups

Prince Harry January 14th, 2009

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has dismissed claims that Prince Harry made homophobic as well as racist remarks in his army video diary.

The News of the World recently published a video made by Prince Harry in which he refers to one soldier as “our little Paki friend” and tells another “F*** me, you look like a raghead”.

Harry also made remarks which some commentators regard as homophobic: “How do you feel?” Harry asks a fellow member of his squad. “Gay? Queer on the side?”

“It’s conspicuous that Prince Harry has expressed regret for his racist remarks, but not yet for his homophobic ones,” said Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall.

Peter Tatchell, however, denies that the prince was homophobic. “I cannot see anything offensive about the context and manner in which Harry used the word queer,” says Tatchell. “It wasn’t said with hate, aggression or malice.

“Later in his video diary the prince mouths to another soldier ‘I love you’ before kissing him on the cheek and licking his face. Kissing another bloke in front of his mates and putting it on film doesn’t seem very homophobic to me. On the contrary, Harry comes across as quite gay-friendly.

“The prince is third in line to the British throne. For him to happily give his soldier friend a public kiss and lick his face strikes me as rather liberated and enlightened, for a straight man. If only more heterosexual men were relaxed about same-sex affection like Harry, the world would be a better place.

“We should kick up a fuss about real homophobia, not imagined prejudice.”

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  • Good post, but it seems no longer relevant

    bigDanny ∼ March 2nd, 2011 9:56 pm

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