James Blunt’s recent tweet has been criticised by LGBT campaigners for perpetuating negative homophobic stereotypes.
Blunt, 40, posted the homophobic comment on an illustration on New Statesman cover that features David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Damian Lewis, Chris Martin and Eddie Redmayne, sipping Champagne in white tie.
Blunt posted, “I won’t be picking up the soap when this party moves to the showers. RT @NewStatesman: http://www.newstatesman.com/staggers/2015/01/new-statesman-cover-30-january.”
A spokesperson for LGBT charity Stonewall said, “It would be helpful if James could explain what he meant by those words and make it clear he is not homophobic. In 2015 it’s astounding that old ‘jokes’ about gay men dropping the soap in a shower still do the rounds, particularly given today’s popularity of shower cremes.”
The New Statesman cover reads ‘The Class Ceiling. ‘Does it pay to be to posh?’ and the homophobic comment has sparked a outrage on Twitter.