Boy George v Fran Kelly: He’s not tumblin’ for her
80s pop icon Boy George is known to be an ‘interesting’ interview. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly and doesn’t necessarily play ‘the game’.
I remember interviewing him back in the 90s, when he was put forward as talent to discuss Melbourne’s Moomba River Parade. (I know, right). He was tetchy and I was flummoxed.
It’s something that Fran Kelly also discovered during an interview this morning on ABC Radio National’s breakfast program.
Kelly was chatting with him about his upcoming tour of Australia with Culture Club and he was happy to discuss his love of Australia (he’s been coming here for ages). And even his touring fashion brought some laughs.
While he embraces his musical history, he grew bored with the line of questioning about being an 80s ‘gender bender’ and his possible impact on the kids back then.
So he hung up on her.
Take a listen.
The response on social media was mixed. Some applauded the way Kelly conducted the interview, while others thought her line of questioning was offensive.
As for the singer himself, he tweeted his response to the criticism.
Sometimes it feels like a person has a rigid script and a view of you that is fixed. It was zero to do with the questions. Maybe next time we will meet in person. Maybe not. It was a moment. It’s over. Peace! https://t.co/4bmN0c9hmM
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) November 13, 2017
Boy George and Culture Club tour the country later this month with eight shows around the country.