Christopher Biggins has a history of biphobic comments. (ITV)
An interview with Christopher Biggins on Good Morning Britain, discussing the new Superman’s sexuality, has provided a perfect example of how toxic the media has become towards queer issues.
Biggins was invited to appear live on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, 13 October, to discuss this week’s DC Comics announcement that “Superman of Earth” Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is bisexual.
He was a bizarre choice of guest, considering that Biggins is no expert on comics, superheroes or bisexuality, and this fact became even clearer when he appeared to believe that Clark Kent himself had been rewritten as bisexual.
He said: “If you want to do something like this, do something original.
“Don’t take characters who already exist and make them into something they’re not.”
After going on a confusing tangent about pantomime, Biggins continued: “I think it’s important that we… not pander to the woke system, which is what we’re doing.”
He adds that we should ‘not pander to the woke system’. pic.twitter.com/OoHDveoGmG
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) October 13, 2021
When host Richard Madeley pointed out that they were not discussing Clark Kent, and that is was Superman’s son who was bisexual, Biggins ploughed on regardless.
“I just find it extraordinary,” he said.
“I do find it absolutely bizarre that this is what people want nowadays.
“Why can’t we stick to what we’ve had? Why don’t they do some new characters?
“Why don’t they create something new, something different, rather than go to a character we all know, we all love and we all know is this, not that?”
Its not an existing character. Its his son. Now thats all cleared up lets have breakfast. What you having? https://t.co/YMOVXCTDg7
— Divina De Campo stream DECODED (@Divinadecampo) October 13, 2021
Christopher Biggins’ GMB appearance is indicative of how media stirs up anti-LGBT+ discourse
After the segment, viewers took to social media to suggest that Christopher Biggins’ complete lack of knowledge on the subject and his history of biphobic comments were the “exactly why” he was invited to appear on the show.
Christopher Biggins’ thoughts on bisexuality are well documented (although the serious tone of this clip is somewhat lessened by Big Brother calling him “Biggins”) Why have him on #GMB? pic.twitter.com/24hdxJIAcX
— Pablo’s Room of Normal (@PabloBonzo) October 13, 2021
One Twitter user wrote that Biggins, who once described AIDS as a “bisexual disease” and said bi people were “people not wanting to admit they are gay”, was “a proven biphobic… That’s exactly why shows like GMB have him on”.
Journalist Lucy Middleton explained: “Let’s not forget Biggins famously doesn’t believe bisexuality exists – he’s been purposely picked for this debate to cause outrage. Lovely of GMB to platform his biphobia.”
— Lucy Middleton (@Miditun) October 13, 2021
Another Twitter user said: “They’ve chosen Biggins for this segment for a reason. GMB can squeeze two stories from this.
“One, get old celeb who has said horrible things about a group to talk about that group.
“Two, people remember the horrible things they said.
“Three, run another story on how they’re being ‘cancelled’.”
They’ve chosen Biggins for this segment for a reason. GMB can squeeze 2 stories from this.
1. Get old celeb who has said horrible things about a group to talk about that group.
2. People remember the horrible things they said.
3. Run another story on how they’re being “cancelled”
— Lushroom.🍄 (@What20427635) October 13, 2021
GMB “we want someone to talk on the fact that Jonathan Kent, New Superman and son to the original is Bi-sexual”
DC comics expert? no
Superman actor? no
Pop culture academic ? no
Christopher Biggins – PERFECT!!! https://t.co/kfVBKfI40i
— Sariella -The Vampire Barbie 🌹🦇 (@SariellaForever) October 13, 2021
Dissapointing that #GMB keep rolling guests like him out – voices on a stick who will do what the producer wants, probably for a small fee.
Biggins, it seemed to me, had no idea what the actual story was that he’d been asked to comment on.
Really dissapointing @ITV
— Simon Pattern (@SimonPattern) October 13, 2021
Darren Scott, a former editor of Gay Times and current editor of SFX, the “world’s number one sci-fi, fantasy and horror magazine”, told PinkNews: “It’s disappointing, but not at all surprising, to see many people online yet again giving bigoted opinions on something they don’t appear to know anything about.
“So many have completely missed the fact that it’s the son of Superman who has come out as bi, let alone that it’s one timeline of one universe – of which there are many.
“It’s also a shame that Good Morning Britain chose to seek the opinion of Rentaghost actor Christopher Biggins on the topic – particularly given his views on bisexuality, which saw him eliminated from one of the ‘celebrity’ reality shows he took part in.”
If only there was someone queer who, I don’t know, had maybe edited a gay mag and then a magazine about superheroes, and had read comics all their life, who was available to speak about such things… But I guess that’s not the agenda they’re looking for 🤷🏻♀️ https://t.co/KNwf708Qkk
— Darren Scott (@darren_scott) October 13, 2021
In a comment that would have been infinitely more appropriate for Good Morning Britain to platform, Scott added: “It’s hugely important that people see themselves reflected in popular culture – whether that’s films, TV shows or comic books about super-powered aliens and their families.
“That reflection isn’t always one of heterosexuality and that’s always been the world we live in. I’m glad that mainstream pop culture continues to reflect the real world, as well as far-flung ones.”
ITV and Christopher Biggins have been approached for comment.