A conservative British politician has lashed out at an LGBT news site for declaring their country’s future king a “gay icon.”
PinkNews used a photo of Prince George clutching his face while visiting a German helicopter compound with his father alongside an article headlined “People think Prince George looks fabulous in this new photo.”
“Prince George has become a gay icon overnight — at least, that’s what some people — sorry, his subjects — are saying on Twitter” the article began before quoting a series of social media posts about his supposedly feminine gesture.
The piece acknowledges that discussion of the prince’s sexual orientation may be “premature” given that he is only 4 years old.
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However, the July 25 article did not sit well with Traditional Unionist Voice party leader Jim Allister, who blasted what he called the sexualization of the child.
The conservative Northern Irish politician said he had written a letter to PinkNews editor Benjamin Cohen and told him “To take an image of a little boy and to fantasise of him being an icon for a life defined by sex is outrageous and sick.”
He said he wanted to file a complaint with Britain’s press standards board, though PinkNews is not a member.
Cohen told the BBC that he will not remove the “tongue-in-cheek” article from his site.
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A follow up article on his site noted that the original, controversial piece listed “gay icons” such as Madonna and Lady Gaga, who are not gay.
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