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    Monday, 12 October 2009

    The truth will out, and how...

    Opinion will be divided on the extent of the loss to the listening public caused by the untimely death of Stephen Gately (all condolences to his friends and family of course), but comments in a few newspapers have highlighted a fairly typical tabloid ploy:

    ... Accordingly, Gately didn't come out of his own free will. In 1999, the Sun approached him with a story sold to them by a former Boyzone security guard, alleging the singer was gay. After two weeks of talks between the tabloid, Boyzone's management, their record label and PR, the Sun ran with a different exclusive: "Boyzone Stephen: I'm gay and in love". "Three weeks ago, Boyzone's Stephen Gately asked the Sun to help him come out," claimed the paper's editorial, imaginatively. [Alexis Petridis in the Guardian]

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    Same old same old...

    ... see the reasons given to explain the renouncing of Belle de Jour's anonymity