Rylan Clark-Neal has spoken about the homophobia he encountered while covering the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Speaking on This Morning, the presenter described how an interview he did for another country was axed because they found it too “provocative”, which he took to mean they had a problem with his sexuality.
“I did Eurovision a few weeks back and to be fair, you can’t get a gayer show than Eurovision,” Rylan said. “It’s one big spectacular.
“But I did one interview out there with a country, I won’t say which country it was, and the BBC had a phone call from that channel that the interview was for, saying ‘We’re not going to use that interview because we thought it was too provocative’, or something like that.
“I thought, ‘How could I have been provocative?’ So what they did, the BBC looked at it back, we had a representative there looking back at it as well, and all I will say is there is an issue which happened in that country in Eurovision and I very much sensed why they didn’t want that interview to go out.
“We believe, I believe, and I have to say it’s my words only, but it was because of my sexuality; because they knew I was gay.”
Rylan shared the story during a segment involving Gok Wan ahead of London Pride this weekend.
Gok, who is involved in The Global Pride Makeover campaign, is helping to raise awareness about the prejudices still faced by the LGBTQ+ community around the world.
Gok explained: “Just a week ago, people had plastic bullets fired at them at a gay march; this weekend we’re all getting excited, ‘What are we going to wear?’
“Just to know only a week ago in Istanbul people had bullets fired at them… while we are celebrating, and Pride is a celebration, we also need to think about what is happening globally to this community.”
This Morning airs on weekdays from 10.30am on ITV.
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