Last week The Guardian reported that it had received complaints about John Barrowman’s on-set behavior from women who worked on the BBC One sci-fi, series Dr. Who and Torchwood .
It is alleged that Barrowman – who plays Captain Jack Harkness – exposed himself “on a regular basis” during the show’s earlier years. Doctor Who producer Julie Gardner also confirmed that Torchwood had received a complaint against the actor in 2008.
Now for any “gay geek” out there and Capt. Jack fan who followed Dr. Who and Torchwood during their original runs an/or attends Comic Con’s Barrowman’s since 2005 knows his “behavior” was well noted at that time by the immediate cast which took it as campy, good natured jokes and talked about it regularly. But a lot has changed in 15 years and Barrowman’s accusations come after the BBC says it’s investigating against former Doctor Who co-star Noel Clark, who is also accused of serious sexual misconduct and harassments on set. In a 2014 video from a sci fi convention that Clarke accuses him of taking “his dick out every five minutes” when they worked together on this hit British series.
In a statement, Barrowman admitted to fooling around on Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood, but he said that he no longer behaves that way in the workplace.
“With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behavior and I have apologized for this previously,” he said.
In 2008, Barrowman apologizes after he pulled down his pants during an interview with BBC Radio 1, saying he “went too far” when getting into “the light-hearted and fun banter of the show.”
Here we go again……
Self described “polysexual genderqueer transgender boi” blogger Jude Orlando Enjolras has a bone to pick with openly gay actor and LGBT rights activist John Barrowman after he posted a video on OOPSIE where he uses the word “tranny”.and the fact that he had the unabashed gall to bring it up the whole situation at Fantasticon, Milwaukee.
In a nutshell.
Barrowman used the word “tranny” in a video he posted on the website WhoSay.
I am a trans gay man. Your work means the world to me. I look up to you, and it breaks my heart that you would use this word. You are a gay icon people actually listen to. The words you choose to use have weight, and the potential to hurt.
“Tr*nny” is a slur. People shout it before beating up folks like me, or worse.
Some trans people may choose to reclaim “tr*nny,” for whatever reason. We are the ones oppressed by a system that uses such words to remind us we’re different, other, deviant. It is our prerogative and right. Our word. Not yours.
So John, please, don’t.
Don’t reinforce a culture that mocks us at best and kills us at worst. That’s exactly what you did last night. Intentions are sadly irrelevant – you hurt a lot of people who love and respect you, and were absolutely crushed that one of their heroes would use the same language as the people who make us fear for our lives.
I really, really hope this gets through to you; that you say sorry to my community, and mean it.
Well John Barrowman did indeed read Enjolras’ letter. And when asked a question at Milwaukee Fantasticon , JB was honest enough to talk about it, explain what happened, and did not apologize.
This of course did not set well with Mr. Enjolras who wrote another column upset that John Barrowman did not fall on his knees and beg for forgiveness.
I honestly don’t think I could have made my points more politely, carefully, and respectfully. Not because I think politeness is in any way owed to someone using oppressive language – I am in fact a great believer in anger as a valid emotion and tool for social change. Yet I was polite. I bit my tongue, I swallowed the rage welling up inside me and burning against my eyelids. I gave Barrowman the benefit of the doubt because I truly believed he would listen and learn and everything would be sort of fine.
Or, you know, not.
As it turns out, my hope that this was all one big misunderstanding was just that – hope, and horrendously misplaced at that.
When I was asked if I wanted to write this article, my first thought was, of course not. This is a great big horrible mess, it’s making me sick to my stomach, I just want it all to go away.
Yet here we are, because as I said before: there is no such thing as a throwaway word. Doubly so if you’re a celebrity. Double that again if you are an LGBTQIA celebrity. Barrowman does not sing, act, speak in a vacuum.
Besides, he wasn’t just my role model. Most of the LGBTQIA folks I know are speculative fiction fans, too. We just love the possibilities for representation and escape offered by genre at its best. And we deserve a happier ending than this.
An apology to the transgender community would be a great start.
Watch the video below. Does John Barrowman owe the transgender community and apology for using the word “tranny” as a term of endearment with fellow cast members? Or is this just an over-reaction from a community that has far worse problems than persecuting a a gay icon who has worked diligently for our equality and who thinks people are “Tranny-tastic.”
Former Superman himself Brandon Routh is going to play another character from DC Comics mythology – The Atom as a main recurring guest star in the upcoming third season of The CW’s “Arrow”.
Routh will play Ray Palmer, a scientist, inventor and the new owner of Queen Consolidated. The deal spans fourteen episodes, with the character also serving as a love interest for fan favorite Felicity Smoak.
In the comics, Palmer becomes The Atom, a character that can shrink down to subatomic size. Whether the show will follow through with that we’ll have to wait and see. It’s likely though as the character matches a leaked casting description the other week of one of the new key characters.
Routh joins other announced newcomers this season including Karl Yune, Peter Stormare, Devon Aoki and returning champ John Barrowman (who held my hand once and I had the honor of grabbing his ass) who has been upped to a series regular.
Also rumors abound that Oded Fehr from the Resident Evil and Mummy franchise will apprear as Ra’s Al Ghul and Steven R. McQueen as Nightwing.
John Barrowman, best-known for his roles on the television hits Dr. Who, Torchwood, and The Arrow married his longtime boyfriend Scott Gill of 20 years over the weekend in California breaking hearts and dashing the fantasies of gay men everywhere.
Speaking directly to the camera, Barrowman said: “It’s five after one and we’ve got our coffee and we’re in the car ready to leave, because where are we going, Scott?”
Gill, then gets his turn on screen to say: “To get married. Yay!”
Barrowman then added: “We’re getting married in the state of California. Thank you Supreme Court, about time you made it legal.
John and Scott previously entered into a civil partnership in the UK on December 27, 2006.
Congrats kids! (But dammit Capt. Jack it should have bee me!)
Torchwood and Doctor Who star John Barrowman discusses his life as a gay man in Hollywood in September’s Desert OutLook Magazine. John first goes into detail how he wishes roles for gay characters weren’t so stereotyped:
America has the most gay men represented on television than any country in the world. The only thing I wish they would do more often is not stereotype those gay men and women. It’s always the same type they choose. Rather than seeing camp, flouncy, girly men and butch heavy women, it would be nice to see other types. There are “lipstick lesbians,” pretty girls. There are butch guys, guys who are into sports.
Looking back, John has always known that he’s gay. And even though a very “influential” person in Hollywood told him he should hide or diminish his sexual orientation publicly, he refused to go into the closet for the sake of movie roles:
I wanted to prove that I was born this way. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide I’m going to have coffee, I’m going to have eggs and bacon, and ooh I’m gay. I will challenge anybody, no matter what organization you belong to or how high up you are, I will defend that we are born this way.
John boldly states that the outlook on LGBT characters and actors will change once those in the closet come out and realize that there are more gays and lesbians in Hollywood than what is widely believed:
the only way things can change is more people are out, and then people would realize that 80 percent of people in Hollywood are gay and lesbian.
I really appreciate his honesty and it’s nice to see nore actors speak out about it.
John Barrowman interviewed Dr. Who’s Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill G4’s Comic-Con 2012 Live Stage talking about what’s next for the time traveling series and how this year’s Con is treating them.
KUDOS to G4 for for using John Barrowman to host this year. Brazen and unabashedly out and gay Barrowman did not tone down his sexual orientation while hosting the live coverage and did a great job representing gay geeks around the world. (Especially when he hit on guys in skimpy costumes)
John Barowman who’s been hosting the G4 Networks coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2012 took time after last night broadcast to down some vodka & tonics and then appear on Chris Hardwick’s live Nerdist podcast from The Balboa Theatre.
Poopie jokes, boobies, and hilarity ensures.
And remember it ain’t Comic-Con till John Barrowman kisses a guy!
John Barrowman took a page from his Captain Jack Harkness of Torchwood character when Barrowman stopped a would-be teen thief and then suggested giving the youth a job to get him away from a life of crime.
Barrowman was staying at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow, Scotland when he hard a woman screaming after awaking to to find two boys ransacking her and her husbands in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The concierge was trying to sort my air conditioning.We heard this woman scream and shout, ‘Stop him, stop him.’ We saw this young boy running down the hallway. I told the concierge to chase him and called the hotel operator and told them to block the staircase so we could get him. The lad had tried to get away through the staff elevator and punched the concierge. I grabbed the kid’s ankles, yanked him to the ground and then pulled him out into the hallway. I pinned him down. My tour manager then arrived and the three of us held him down until the police came
According to Wales Online. Barrowman then offered the teen a job backstage in the pantomime he’s currently performing in at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. “It was sad. He was only 14 or 15. I think he was on drugs,” Barrowman said. ”But I’d like to find out the boy’s story and give him a second chance.
Way to go Captain Jack!