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Straight to the point - Boy George bitches
"Boy George has left music behind, but his famously sharp tongue has not deserted him. Chris Sullivan catches up with a chameleon who's still no calmer

Saturday March 19, 2005
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'Who wants to be photographed with a Queen who looks like she's dressed in 1980s Marks & Spencer'... Boy George. Photo: Andy Butterton/PA
Now into his 44th year, Boy George has released part two of his best-selling autobiography, entitled Straight, which deals with, among other things, drugs, spiritual rebirth, Broadway, gay men, straight men, pop stars and the death of his estranged father. Having fully explored the superstar DJ arena, George has moved to New York City, launched his own clothes label, B-Rude, and become a fashion photographer. I first met him almost 30 years ago as we both saw the other shoplifting Aertex T-shirts in a north London army surplus store and I truly believe there has never been a dull George moment.

</IMG>How do you cope with fame?



I always thought that fame would be great if it came with an off button. There is always someone more famous than you anyway. The "it" applies to most things in life: beauty, wealth, charm, wit and eyeliner.

You turned down I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, even though they offered you £300,000.

I turned them all down, The Farm, Celebrity Big Brother. I'm a hideous snob. You wouldn't have seen Ziggy Stardust on The Farm. Old Bowie stomping around the thoroughfare with his platforms - I don't think so, and if it's not good enough for Ziggy then they can **** off. I'm not good in the morning. I don't do casual. The idea of a jungle is hideous enough but especially stuck there with a load of twats I have absolutely no respect for. It was a bad move for Lydon, a good move for Jordan and Janet Street-Porter belongs there.

You also turned down the MBE.

Of course I did! I think it's just the end. It's like giving up. Every now and again the government says: "Let's get a queer on board! And this year let's get a really flamboyant one just to show them how liberal we really all are!"

But you missed the chance to meet the Queen. What a great photo opportunity.

Who wants to be photographed with a Queen who looks like she's dressed in 1980s Marks & Spencer? She should be stuck into a corset, plucked and dressed, given some heels and pushed out there doing it. She is appalling.

Are you a fan of Tony Blair?

(Screams) I always preferred Linda Blair. She is much more believable.

And what about George Bush?

The epitome of a good old boy - a good-for-nothing old boy.

In your new book you also take a pop at George Michael.

I watched him on TV the other day when he was talking about Wham! and he was saying, "I am a huge star and suddenly I've realised I am gay." I almost put my foot thought the bleeding TV. I've been called a poof since I was six - don't tell me he wasn't. You don't wake up one day and suddenly realise you're gay.

What do you think about these programmes like Queer Eye?

Queer Eye and Queer As Folk serve up this sanitised version of gay culture which is non-sexual and inoffensive, which takes us back to John Inman and "shut that door", which takes us back to square one. It's good that there is gay TV but it is so one-sided. Gay culture is much too shiny for me. Today I want to return to shame, to the days of surreptitious gay action in dark alleys.

Like the club Taboo?

That was just depraved. These people existed on the outside of the outside of the outside of society. There was no apology for what they were and for your average common or garden homosexual those people were an aberration because they spoiled their bid for assimilation into society. It was total debauchery. I was always having sex in the toilets - maybe I thought my surname was Michael.

What happened with the play?

The English version was fine but the American one was taken out of our hands by that tank of a woman Rosie O'Donnell. She took it to New York, promised she wouldn't change anything and then she kept on saying that it was a family show like Annie and I was like, "Where in Annie do you see a guy dressed in latex rubber with a club foot?"

If you had your time again would you avoid doing drugs?

I'd take less drugs.

But didn't it almost ruin your career?

I don't have a career. How can you ruin a career that doesn't exist? I never wanted a career. It sounds like the army.

What do you make of today's pop culture?

It's boil-in-bag fame - there are kids who would've been on Opportunity Knocks, New Faces or the cruise ships being regarded as musical geniuses. Top Of The Pops is like watching the Royal Variety Show when I was a kid with my mum. Westlife - I call them No Life. Ronan Keating - so very, very dreary.

After the 1980s you turned DJ on us. What do you think of the club scene now?

It is not hip, not underground. It is music for the masses. Now it's gone the way pop music has gone - formulaic rubbish.

Two chapters of your book deal with India. What attracted you?

I'd always wanted to go there, as it was a real place of extremes so I went on a kind of spiritual quest. It was madness - sort of Oliver Twist with curry.

What religions did you encounter?

Oh, I did the lot. I went with a Hare Krishna, travelled across the country, so I tried that Hinduism, transcendental meditation, tree-hugging, Buddhism and loads more you won't have heard of. I think it really important to try as many religions as you can. I find the eastern ones very interesting because they have a sense of theatre and great costumes. But I can never believe in anything without really questioning it. I even drank my own piss for six months. It tastes like Bovril. The first time you do it is absolutely repulsive and then it becomes a bit of a party trick. I was doing it while I was out with my friends and it really freaks them out.

Talking of freaks what about Madonna and the Kabbalah?

I think it is typical of her to be part of an organisation that buys God, as she doesn't like queuing like the rest of us. The Kabbalah says that homosexuality is a disease that has to be cured. I'd like to see Madonna sending that message out to her millions of gay fans. I call it the Kan't Kope-a Kabbalah.

What about Eminem?

Elton John called him one of the most important artists of our time. That's like comparing the Sugababes to Aretha Franklin.

What about his duet with Elton?

Like I say in my book: "It's like me singing with Pol Pot." And Elton - all that money and he's still got hair like a dinner lady. Sad.

What about Michael Jackson?

I think the parents of these kids need to be dragged over the coals as well. When I was a kid my mother would never have let me go off and stay the night in some rich man's house. The furthest I went was Auntie Heather's next door. Even after the first molestation allegations the parents still let their kids stay over at his house.

Who for you was the most important artist of our time?

David Bowie. He was just everything for me. He was and still is so important. He is a genius.

How is New York life?

New York is a great place to work. You get a lot of support and people are not that bothered by what you did in the past. In England it's always, "You can't do that" but over here it's like, "Go on, give it a go."

And what are your thoughts on heterosexual men? All men are gay until proven innocent."

Discuss his style and/or bitchiness.

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Boy George is insane. Though I appreciate his sense of honesty and he's pretty direct.

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He's such a miserable queen.

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Because you don't have a career and you're famous for Karma Chameleon doesn't mean you have to tear others down. He has no point other than to get attention because nothing else he does is worth giving attention, he wants gay people to go back to having sex with random people in the alleys? Oh my, boy, that is progression.

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He is such a bitch lol ! I do like how certain he is of his opinions though, also this comment really made me laugh! "And Elton - all that money and he's still got hair like a dinner lady. Sad."

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At least he's honest!
No, he's just rude. Out of all the people in the world he decides to attack the Queen of England? She's about the most nuetral person in the world (because she has to be) and he sits there and attacks her sense of style.

He's the one that looks like **** all the time. I mean look at him! He's and overweight coke head HAS BEEN. He's a two hit wonder as far as I'm concerned.


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No, he's just rude. Out of all the people in the world he decides to attack the Queen of England? She's about the most nuetral person in the world (because she has to be) and he sits there and attacks her sense of style.

He's the one that looks like **** all the time. I mean look at him! He's and overweight coke head HAS BEEN. He's a two hit wonder as far as I'm concerned.

Anyone can attack the Queen of England, dear (verbally, of course). It's called democracy. And his irony is straight to the point. Moreover, he proves a sense of auto-irony which I cannot but admire.

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He may be a whatever hit wonder, but he's still a fixture in the new york party scene.

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I got quite irritated when I read that article at the weekend. He obviously sees himself as this raging quenn who needs to be uber-bitchy just to justify, not only his publishing a book, but his very existence. His blase put downs of current dance music etc are just so hackneyed - "wasn't like that in my day" etc etc. Yadee ya. It's a shame in a way, since he can actually be quite witty. Tiresome on the whole though.

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I like that he's honest...

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