Matthew Steeples asks: “Is it right that institutions such as the BBC and the V&A laud Boy George in spite of his many convictions?”
Boy George is everywhere: Be it on the BBC’s The Voice or giving a talk at the V&A in South Kensington, this vain pop star has been accepted back into ‘The Club’ as if he’s never done a single thing wrong.
A convicted criminal, found guilty of offences ranging from falsely reporting a burglary in 2006 to assault and false imprisonment in 2008, Boy George once admitted: “People have this idea of Boy George now, particularly the media: that I’m tragic, f**ked up. I mean, I am all those things” but such comments have now been swept under the carpet.
The BBC, a publicly funded institution that claims to have learnt from their ‘mistakes’ with Jimmy Savile and others, have again got it very wrong in the choice of this Eltham born individual as their new court favourite. Here, instead of some innocent delight, is, in fact, a man who once chained a male escort to a wall fixture and “subjected him to violence” and here is a man who has been arrested for heroin possession. This individual is no role model and it is jolly well time that ‘Auntie’ took him back off air.
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