Hello honkytonks 🙂
The other day I caught sight of a headline regarding the death of Bernard Manning. That reminded me of 70s comedy in all it’s non-ironic (Ed: or what it?) occasional non-PC gags. In the 70s there where only – brace yourself kids – just 3 channels back in the day (BBC 1, BBC 2 and ITV). Most of society thought that it wasn’t alright to be gay and men had to be 100% male – anything less than that was just ‘wrong’ (because wearing a frock is gay right? Yeah right [rolls eyes]). However, there were a few performers who had an impact on my already confused growing up: John Inman, Dick Emery, and to some extent Larry Grayson. A trinity of non-vanilla lifestyles and comedy performance. 🙂
It was all about performance and while I didn’t make lifestyle choices based on Are You Being Served, the fact that you had characters that were content with their alternative lifestyle jumped out at me. Occasionally, they were the butt of the joke but so it was with the *ahem* normal folk in there too. With a child’s naivety I looked to these characters, not as true role models, but thinking “if these guys are cool with who they are, is being different that bad?”.
I now know that not everyone appreciated the Mr Humphrey’s character, but I’d like to think he helped bring acceptance in rather than push a stereotype: the gay equivalent of an Uncle Tom if you will.
[ insert tea break here ]
I’ve come back to this post after a rather nice cup of hot choccy and it seems I’m contradicting a glib comment I made about looking to kids films for role models. Post in haste, regret at leisure 🙂
Is it better, I wonder, to have nice telly where the bad stuff – like the dark side of Manning’s wit – is kept away or should it be all in the open so we can discuss this with our (grown up) children and say why we do or don’t agree with it?
Many Happy Returns NottsChams!
Thursday was good fun. We had a packed house, or church hall to be accurate (oh yea merry sinners!! 🙂 ) as it was the 25th anniversary of the group. I’ve never played in-door badminton in heels with a tea tray before and to be honest, I don’t think it’ll catch on! 🙂
[ The lyric is from Girls Aloud’s Biology and if they ever made Transgender: The Musical, I’d put a pony on it (monster! monster!) in being in the show ]