Comedian Joe Lycett. | Photo: joelycett / Instagram
British comedian Joe Lycett had the perfect response to people concerned about books on LGBTI people turning kids gay.
It came about after BBC Panorama aired a special episode last night (15 July) on LGBTI-inclusive education in the UK.
The episode featured a variety of religious people objecting to the teaching of LGBTI relationships in schools. This includes gay teacher Andrew Moffat’s No Outsiders program.
When the BBC interviewer asked former religious studies teacher Pauline Gallagher if she thought the LGBTI-inclusive books are designed to make children gay, she responded: ‘If you go back and look at the program, that’s what they’re designed to do.’
After Joe Lycett saw this, he tweeted last night (15 July): ‘Enjoyed Panorama and the interviews with people saying children reading about being gay makes them gay.’
He then added: ‘Finally an explanation as to why I am now a cat in a hat.’
Enjoyed #Panorama and the interviews with people saying children reading about being gay makes them gay. Finally an explanation as to why I am now a cat in a hat.
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) July 15, 2019
Lycett is referencing Dr Seuss’ (real name Theodor Geisel) book, Cat in the Hat.
At the time of writing, the tweet has more than 12,000 retweets and over 70,000 likes.
Joe Lycett calls out MP
This is not the first time Joe Lycett’s called out anti-gay sentiment.
In May, he slammed a Labour MP who backed anti-LGBTI protesters in Birmingham.
In an open letter, Lycett invited Roger Godsiff on a night out to see how ‘loving, joyous and normal’ the LGBTI community is. Godsiff previously said five-year-olds were too young to learn about same-sex parents.
There have been months of protests outside schools with LGBTI-inclusivity programs in Birmingham.
Godsiff appeared to back the protesters.
‘I have seen the cover of some of the books’ Godsiff also said on Tuesday. ‘I understand why parents have concerns’.
But Lycett, who is from Godsiff’s constituency, urged the MP to explain ‘what you are doing to make LGBT people like me in your constituency feel like they aren’t being treated as second class citizens’.
He slammed the MP, writing: ‘So perhaps you could just take a little time to explain, as my MP, what you are doing to make LGBT people like me in your constituency feel like they aren’t being treated as second class citizens.’