People are voicing their outrage at Good Morning Britain presenters Adil Ray and Kate Garraway after they persistently questioned Curtis Pritchard, Love Island star, about his sexuality.
Curtis, a 23 year-old-dancer, opened up to the Sun about the possibility of dating men, saying: “I can never ever say what will happen in the future. I wouldn’t rule anything out”. During the Good Morning Britain interview, Kate described his willingness to date men as a “bombshell”.
Adil Ray, who is filling in for Piers Morgan over the summer, asked Curtis, “Are you saying you are bisexual?”, but Curtis refused to accept any labels. He responded to their questions with, “I don’t feel like I need to label anything”.
‘I never want to label what the future is going to be because I don’t think anyone can really ever do that.’#LoveIsland's Curtis Pritchard addresses rumours about his sexuality. pic.twitter.com/RsAPJxo6sY
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) August 8, 2019
The interview left many people feeling uncomfortable. Taking to Twitter and other social media platforms, a slew of comments aimed at the show criticised their attempts to make Curtis come out as bisexual.
One Twitter user said, “Excuse me @GMB, but if someone says they don’t want to label their sexuality, you don’t then proceed to interrogate him relentlessly. Maybe @CurtisPritchard doesn’t want to self segregate himself. Just take the first answer and move onto a different topic!”.
Excuse me @GMB, but if someone says they don’t want to label their sexuality, you don’t then proceed to interrogate him relentlessly. Maybe @CurtisPritchard doesn’t want to self segregate himself. Just take the first answer and move onto a different topic!
— Craig Chappell (@TheLegal_Eagle) August 8, 2019
Other users took to Twitter to express their frustration with the way the interview was conducted.
why do people keep asking Curtis about why he said he’d date a man, why does it matter? stop forcing him to label his sexuality, it’s no ones business #goodmorningbritain
— ayyyy macarena (ah) (@cocksandcrepes) August 8, 2019
What an aggressive, unprofessional, homeophobic interview.
— Mark Lucas (@Mark_lucasSkem) August 8, 2019
Anyone else feel like the presenters are trying to force Curtis to say he is bisexual? ?? leave him alone, this is really uncomfortable #gmb #goodmorningbritain
— Stacey (@Stacey_Tee) August 8, 2019
Curtis has been receiving praise for his handling of the interview across social media.
@GMB has just turned into a breakfast show that has hosts who like to bully people and scrutinise people. That isn’t entertainment. That isn’t news. Respect to @CurtisPritchard for handling it so well, I for one wouldn’t have! #GMB #goodmorningbritain https://t.co/xgF952mJ2T
— benj☘️ (@Ben_Blundell92) August 8, 2019
An Instagram user said under Curtis’ photo of the conversation, “Well done Curtis on handling that interview. You are your own person and I admire that.”
Curtis left Love Island with Maura Higgins from Longford and is excited to see where the relationship will take them. During the interview, Curtis said, “I am 100% comfortable where I am now, and it is moving in the correct direction.”
BBC One announced Curtis as the receptionist for the upcoming show the Greatest Dancer.
Good Morning Britain has not made any comment following the backlash from the interview.
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