This is Danny Miller. He is an actor. He pretends to be other people on TV and sometimes on stage above a pub somewhere in Manchester. It’s called ‘acting’. It’s a job. Some people get money for it.
Danny Miller is currently ‘acting’ in a soap opera on the televisuals called Emmerdale. It used to be a farm, now it’s just a village. A made-up one. You might even go so far as to say ‘fictional’.
The character Danny Miller plays on Emmerdale (formerly Farm) is a gay. He, actor Danny Miller, is not a gay (not as far as we’re aware). The character he plays is gay. It’s pretend though. Not real. Fictional. There’s that word again.
So when Danny Miller actor goes out with his mates of a Saturday night he might expect people to recognise him as an actor off-of telly. He might even expect some blonde tarts to come on to him just so they can tell their friends they slept with an actor off-of telly.
What he might not expect is to be attacked for being gay. ‘It was terrifying,’ said someone who saw the attack on actor Danny Miller to a publication masquerading as a newspaper. ‘A group of lads shouted, ‘Oi gay boy, you out with your boyfriend tonight?’ Another screamed, ‘Oi faggot, is that your boyfriend?’ Then the yobs started running and screaming, ‘Get him, get him.”
Obviously, we don’t expect homophobes to be the smartest of cookies, the sharpest of knives in any said drawer but we do sort of expect them to know the difference between ‘reality’ on the one hand and ‘fiction’ on the other.
Or perhaps we don’t. *thinks* No, actually we don’t. As you were.
Danny Miller, actor, in the meantime, has put on his Twitter account that he came to no harm and will pursue his ‘career’ in ‘acting’ on ‘Emmerdale’.
A short lesson for street homophobes on the difference between a 'character off-of telly' and 'a real person',