A short lesson for street homophobes on the difference between a ‘character off-of telly’ and ‘a real person’

Yes, we would

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’.

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7 comments to “A short lesson for street homophobes on the difference between a ‘character off-of telly’ and ‘a real person’”

  1. maybe he should Tweet about how disgusting homophobia actually is after experiencing it firsthand. or maybe he’s more interested in his self-image….?

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  2. Precisely, Antony.
    Of course, to the enlightened like ourselves, these homophobes are nothing short of wads of gum stuck on a dirty pavement, but their breed of hatred is disgusting and the fact that this ‘actor’ is more concerned over his own welfare rather than the fact that homophobia exists is startling.

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  3. Do we have any proof he is ‘more concerned with his own welfare’ than he is with homophobia? Or are we just jumping to conclusions because we haven’t bothered to ask him how he feels or what he’s going to do/think/say? It’s easy to read an article and jump to conclusions.

    As far as I can see he is ‘business as usual’, which in other words is not letting the bastards grind him down. An admirable way to handle things. He may not have immediately jumped on a float and paraded down the local high street yelling ‘Homophobia’s got to go’ at the top of his lungs, nor may he yet have spoken publicly about it, but then again not every person that gets queerbashed does that either, though manages to avoid being called ‘disgusting’ for it….

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  4. Honestly, fiction eh? You couldn’t make it up.

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  5. Thing is Nolan Sister, you have to draw conclusions from what is offered to the public. I do think it’s a shame that he hasn’t denounced the homophobia, and not just put everyone’s minds at rest that he’s okay. And no, I’m not expecting a ‘parade’, just a side-note will do.

    With hate crime, there is an absolute responsibility to denounce it, otherwise (stupid) people believe it’s acceptable.

    Also, no-one’s saying he’s ‘disgusting’ for not denouncing it… maybe you’ve misread the comments on here – they’re calling the homophobia disgusting, not him.

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  6. A lot of people who get queerbashed don’t report it because they’re scared to shit, and ashamed, and feel the police won’t do anything about it.
    This is a public figure (however in inverted commas you want to put that…!) and this was a great opportunity for him to vocalize the seriousness of homophobia – as well as the idiocy of homophobes.
    But you know what, maybe he will, maybe he won’t, maybe he doesn’t care.

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  7. May I take the opportunity to point you in the direction of this dolly little leaflet on the subject http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_home/hate_crime_domestic_violence_and_criminal_law/2639.asp

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