Some time ago Leo published an article about my poofter flatmates Monty and Anders. The article was about homophobia and how his opinions changed as he a actually spent time with this gay couple.
Unfortunately Monty missed the point completely and merely picked up on the fact that Leo commented on him prancing around the flat in pink underwear and that Anders was reported as the main bread winner [all true].
Obviously, this touched some nerves.
No one wants to read that they are ‘kept housewives in flashy panties’ whatever greater point you might be making about gender roles.
And although I personally found it to be an amusing article, a wider audience of gay men read it and were extremely offended [on Monty’s behalf of course]. Monty’s straight friends who read it in Mumbai were offended. Anders friends were offended.
Basically everyone except me was offended. Perhaps if Leo had been making judgments on my choice of lifestyle I might have been equally upset but who knows? I might have just enjoyed all the attention.
So I listened to Monty’s tirade against Leo last week.
“Like dude, you’re like, defending him cause like, he’s your friend but like dont tell ME its not offensive!! Like, ALL of my friends in Bombay, and I mean ALL OF THEM, now totally hate him. And like Ishaan was like, totally horrified anyone who stayed with us could write something like that! I mean they all said that it was like, totally disrespectful to me and from a guest who stayed with us for like 6 months as well!”
Needless to say, if he ever comes back to London, Monty has informed me that the new flat is “too small and we probably couldn’t put anyone up again for that long”
Partly this is true. Its a 3 bed flat, quite small, one loo and shared by roughly 6 people at all times. My ex, Kurt’s current, M & A. Any more people and tempers will flare. However I suspect the article hasn’t endeared Leo with the poofs either.