In the last edition of Channel 4’s hit Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, we heard how traveller Mikey suffered being excluded from the community when he revealed he was gay.
He later went on to reveal that he had in some respects now been accepted back into the traveller community, however, one scene which showed Mikey attending Gay Pride in Manchester featured him kissing a young man who he met there…
And according to today’s Daily Star, the young man who shared the snog with Mikey had told the show’s producers he did not want to be identified, and had also asked them not to air the scene at all.
However, the least he expected was that his face would have been obscured before the show aired.
But, in what seems to have been an oversight, it wasn’t, and the distraught young man, who doesn’t wish to be named, was horrified to learn that his parents had seen the footage…
He told the paper, “My parents saw it and recognised me. Now everyone knows I’m gay. I feel exploited.
“Coming out should have been my choice, not Channel 4’s. The last thing I wanted was to be outed on national TV.
“But that’s exactly what they have done. I am gay but I wasn’t ready to tell my family yet.
“It should have been my choice when to let them know. This is my worst nightmare come true.
“My parents could easily tell that was me on telly. They’re devastated.
“I feel my rights have been violated. I feel sick.
“That silly attempt to blur my face wasn’t going to stop people recognising me.”
Last night, a Channel 4 spokeswoman said, “The individual asked not to be identified on screen and we were happy to accommodate the request and blurred him from the programme.”
Well evidently, the man in question wasn’t “blurred” enough!