21:12 | 23rd June 2018

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Stephen Fry attacks the Independent for stereotyping

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Gay broadcaster Stephen Fry has attacked the Independent after they published a “Pink List” where he came in at third and attacked fellow TV personality Louie Spence for his campness.

The Independent ran a segment called the Pink List which looked in to some of the most influential gay men, with Fry coming in third behind rugby player Gareth Thomas and shopping guru Mary Portas.

They branded the high kicking Pineapple Dance Studio presenter as the “gay stereotype” placing him in the Rouges Gallery section and claimed his fifteen minutes would soon be up.

Fry was quick to defend Spence by reportedly giving his position up to the talented dancer and took to his blog to express his anger from papers use of stereotyping: "By singling out Louie Spence for lofty disapproval, by sneering at his 'mincing' they are turning their back on, dissociating themselves from, insulting and demeaning a fine man and whole way of being.

"An authentic, strong, charming and lovable person, every bit as 'courageous' as the others on the list, certainly more courageous than me, Louie deserves respect and support, not insult and derision.

"Do they want people like him not to count, do they see him as being guilty of a choice in his manner and his demeanour, just as homophobes everywhere accuse all gay people of choosing their sexuality and preferences?"

After reading more into the situation the QI presenter found out it was the opinion of one Independent Journalist and not that of a panel, adding on his site: "I have had private word of an element of the deliberations that tells me that maybe the deliberators weren’t to blame, but some Sindie journalist who took it upon him or her self to write the Rogues Gallery section without the deliberators’ knowledge or consent.

"Well, if I have done Ben Summerskill and Clare Balding and the others who helped put the list together a disservice, I am really sorry."

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