Presenter, comedian, and self-proclaimed ‘selfie slut’ Joel Creasey has called for more diversity on commercial Australian TV.
The host of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here Now! told News Corp, “It is shocking to me that I’m pretty much the only out gay man on commercial television in Australia that I know of.”
“We shouldn’t be having this conversation but there are so many gay and lesbian entertainers out there and it doesn’t translate to jobs on TV. A gay man is allowed to play a leading man on Broadway but you wouldn’t see him as a leading man on TV. It should be something that doesn’t need to be addressed but sadly this is the reality of the television industry in 2016,” he said.
Creasey, 25, also revealed that he was once told by a major radio station to “sound more straight” on air.
The comedian came to our attention last year, when he and Chrissie Swan quickly became our favourite duo in the South African jungle.
He has since hosted the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, and hosts his behind-the-scenes I’m a Celebrity show with ex-Bachelor contestant, Heather Maltman.
In an interview with News Corp last week, Offspring writer Michael Lucas discussed what it was like growing up with no gay personalities on Australian TV. “The only time I can remember seeing a homosexual man on TV was in terrible British sitcoms, and they were ridiculously over-the-top effeminate or something,” he said. “After that, it was dark AIDS storylines. It took a long time to see any characters that weren’t total comic stereotypes or embodying tragic social issues. When I was a kid, I would’ve loved seeing someone like Joel on my screen.”