Good Morning Britain facing heavy criticism for “gay cure” interview

DIVA cover star Sophie Ward says, "I hoped we had got beyond the damaging, bullying, and dangerous tactics of 'debating' our 'cure'."


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ITV show Good Morning Britain is receiving criticism for airing an interview with Dr Michael Davidson about gay conversion therapy.

 

 

Presenters Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid spoke to Davidson, who claims he can cure being gay, which he views as an “aberration” and a “maladjustment”. He says that he has “left homosexual practices.”

 

His views enraged Morgan, who in the past has himself made offensive remarks about non-binary people.

 

“You know what we call these people?” he demanded, referring to people like Davidson. “We call them horrible little bigots in the modern world. Bigoted people who talk complete claptrap and, in my view, a malevolent and dangerous part of our society.”

 

Also on the show was gay journalist and undercover reporter Josh Parry, who suggested, “Surely, therapists should be helping people to come to terms with sexuality rather than trying to change it.”

 

As usual, Morgan had the last word, this time addressing Davidson:

 

“You want to have all the gay sex you want before you cured yourself and now deprive other people. Dr Michael, shut up.”

 

While some people, including out TV star Dr Christian Jessen, praised Morgan for his dressing down of Davidson…

 

 

… many others voiced their objection to Good Morning Britain airing the segment in the first place.

 

 

Julian Clary was the on the show right after Davidson. At first he praised Morgan for giving the doctor “a run for his money”. But then he added, “It’s a shame you had him on though, really. It’s a shame you gave him air time.”

Leading LGBT+ charity Stonewall tweeted this response.

 

 

PinkNews reported that within an hour of the segment, Ofcom had received 103 complaints.

 

 

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