The notorious George Michael wants to make amends with the gay population after his very lengthy run of endangering the public with his illegal behavior. Why he’s specifically apologizing to gays instead of the general population remains a mystery, but it’s worth a brief recap of all of his most recent run-ins with the law which began in 2006, when George was found passed out in his car and arrested for drugs. Soon after, it happened again, and then he was revealed to have had random fat 58-year old guy sex in a park before getting stoned and passing out in his car for a third time. Get a driver, right?
Things got quiet for awhile, but it didn’t last longer than a year. Mostly, George behaved himself only because he was on his worldwide comeback tour, which meant not only that he was too busy to pass out in his own car but also that his handlers did a very good job of keeping him in line at that time. Then in 2008, George was arrested again for crack possession in a public bathroom. Subsequently, George made a very public apology but was still un-considered for a lifetime achievement award at the Brits Awards that year.
For another period, Geroge calmed down again or, at least, kept his bad behavior under wraps. Then in 2010, George went on tour in Australia and was discovered trolling for gay strange via an iPhone app with the moniker “Back for Wood.” After returning to jolly old England, George ceremoniously ran his car into a photo store while high on drugs and received an 8-week jail sentence as punishment. Although he only served half that sentence, he probably secretly loved easy access to more strange, right?
Now, George wants to go on tour again, surprisingly enough since he promised that his last tour (three years ago) would be his last. Still, a man has to support his own celebrity lifestyle, so here comes the aforementioned apology, for which he organized a full press conference:
George Michael has apologised for being a bad role model for gay children as he prepares to tour again for the first time in three years.
Talking at a press conference at London’s Royal Opera House to announce his plans, the 47-year-old star said he felt he’d let down fellow homosexuals over the years for putting himself in the public eye often for the wrong reasons.
He said of his troubles over the past few years: “I have a serious problem with the fact that every time I made a mistake and everytime I let myself down that I was letting young gay kids down.” The star continued: “Because they would then witness the homophobia that was thrown me and the language that we use in this country.
“I like to think that life is a balance whenever there is something bad, there is something good you can do with it. I have some plans to do things to help gay children.”
The Careless Whisper singer also had some criticism for the gay community however. He cautioned: “I think we are notoriously bad as a community at helping our own when it comes to children, because we don’t have our own children.
“There are things I want to do with my next album to make up for the damage that I have inadvertently caused by making myself so newsworthy and putting myself on the back foot enough that I couldn’t defend gay children from some of that language.”
By explanation of why he’s chosen to return to the stage, he shrugged: “God wanted me to sing. I don’t think anyone disputes that I’ve made myself some pretty strong enemies in the past.
“I’ve put myself in a position where I am going to alienate people but ultimately, one, I have to one be inspired by the music I am making and two I have to live the life I believe I should live so in terms of alienation, I don’t think that has ever been a big worry.
“I’m not surprised that my fans have stuck by me. I have been surprised by the amount of support I’ve had in some ways, but my fans have always been incredibly loyal.
“It is such an amazing feeling to watch the effect I have on my audience. There is no question that is the most valuable thing I can ever do in terms of contribution and it seems that God wanted me to and gave me the voice to do it and the stamina to do it.”
[From Daily Mail]
Okay, so the bloke believes that God wanted him to sing and that this act is the most powerful thing he could ever do to contribute to society. How about staying away from driving a car, George? Obviously, he cannot and does not wish to stop doing drugs and engaging in risky promiscuous sexual behavior (with presumably willing partners), but seriously, stop getting smashed and then driving that way. He appears to have no disregard for the fact that, if not for sheer luck, he could have killed several people (including children) by now, and he only seems to care about what he believes is a tangentially-related homophobia in response. I don’t think that anyone truly got angry at “the gays” whenever George crashed into parked cars and a photomat. No, people merely got angry at the guy who did it, and deservedly so. George Michael just doesn’t get it though, and he’s looking pretty rough in these press conference photos too.
Photos courtesy of Fame Pictures