Face of the Day

The Telegraph

Gareth Malone is often accused of being gay….he famously retorts: “I may be stylish, but I’m not gay”.

His accusers believe that “any display of emotion, crying, heart, feeling” mark out a man as gay, Malone said. Singing is also widely perceived as a female pastime, he added. “It’s an ongoing problem and I think it’s been the spine of all my work.

“Boys don’t sing. They just don’t want to open up or they don’t want to make idiots of themselves or believe that singing is only acceptable under certain circumstances. ‘It’s a bit gay’ – that’s one I’ve heard a lot. ‘Singing makes you gay!’ ‘Singing gay-ifies you!’”

Reflecting on his schooldays in Bournemouth, Malone told Radio Times that he found salvation through his love for classical music. “But it is just ghastly – you have those moments where you don’t want to get up and go to school.

“I was always on the edge of exploding into violence – I definitely have a temper – but I never did because I always somehow didn’t want to lose my dignity. It never quite got to, ‘I’m just going to lamp them’, but looking back I kind of wish I had because it would have solved it.

“I am not endorsing violence, but maybe it would have been better to just have a bit of a scrap in the playground.”


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  • davewin

    Oh Yes! Just one glorious immense bust on the snout of one of the tormentors. This needs to ber preceded by a period of Boxing training to defend oneself in any aftermath. The opportunity to be oneself is improved greatly after one incidence of the above.

    Mind you! It is still not too late!

  • Blokeintakapuna

    Yep – when the school bully picked on me aged 9 or 10 – they hadn’t counted on some handy Karate training where a swift kick in the solar plexus laid him winded on the ground unable to breathe or taunt for a minute or so. Thus allowing oneself the ability to get in his face to tell him to back off and leave me and everyone else alone or next time I’d really hurt him. Result! No more bullying from him. Increased confidence with this 9 y/o and some adoration by the girlies for such a brave move…

    Terrifying at the time, but standing up to bully’s does more for one’s self esteem tha they could ever take away in the first place.

    Parents – get your kids to a martial arts class – fitness, self defence and the confidence to be self assured so one can walk away from most situations – but if pushed to fight as we all must sometimes in life – then the kids will have the ability (and confidence) to defend themselves properly.

    • Think I’ve said this in relation to some other post here – my dad taught me judo to defend myself from bullys at primary school. Some very handy moves learned and word soon spread so they just called me names not try to physically assault me. Might add the insults are just as hurtful if not more so.

  • la la land

    Singing is actually very attractive in a man! Its only men that think its gay. 
    Agreed about the karate Bloke – does wonders for kids and helps them understand how to use their bodies. Quiet self confidence and inner strength combined with the physical ability to defend yourself  does a lot to keep a kid safe.

    • Blokeintakapuna

      Especially in today’s time where human attrocities such as rape and murder seem to be even more common place than ever before.

      Self defence lessons for kids, especially females, should be as essential as reading and writting. Numerous, untold benefits, everything to gain – nothing to lose.

  • johnopkb

    Men who sing are gay? WTF?  How on earth does the majestic Welsh race perpetuate itself?  A guy called Gareth included, good on you fella.

    • Justme

      Agree! He’s been on tv; tutoring choirs in a competition in the UK and he’s great. So very inspiring to his charges.

  • Quintin Hogg

    My favourite memory of school was the straight right jab to a bloke who was bulllying me. shut him up for some time.
    I am looking to enrol my boys in an akido school near my home so they can learn self defence and importantly self control. 

  • Johnbronkhorst

    Found an alternate view, when the biggest kid in school (me being the smallest). Wanted to practice his new Karate moves on me, I let him (fortuneately he wasn’t any good and it didn’t hurt). I didn’t fall down, I didn’t yell or cry out, I stood there and LAUGHED at him. Within about 5 minutes, the whole shool (it seemed) was laughing at him.Funny how he NEVER bullied me or anyone again. Lesson learned, for both of us!!!

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  • Bunswalla

    He’s not in the least bit stylish, unless prissy affectations have come into style. But gay? Yep.

    • Justme

      Naaah would be very surprised if he is gay. He just seems like a super enthusiastic music teacher who doesn’t realise he has no style whatsoever lol. As above, he tutors choirs.