Saturday, 29 September 2012

David Walliams: Notes On Camp

“Once you become well known and a certain national daily newspaper has a gay-o-meter — naming no names! — people have a sense of what you’ve been up to.
“Not necessarily what you’re thinking or feeling, but actually your childhood, your early life, your passage to success is generally something that they're going to know nothing about. I wanted to concentrate on that period.
“I know there is fascination with me because I'm camp, yet over the years I’ve been connected to some very beautiful women.
“I’ve married a supermodel yet there I am on Britain’s Got Talent with Simon Cowell, camping it up.”
And referring to experiences as a teen he added: “I guess I’m just very honest about my sexuality.
“I had gay experiences as a child and remember being very confused about that.”
He continued: “I think there will still be people who will want it out of me, until the day I die.
“But I’m glad I talked honestly about my childhood sexual awakening because I think there’s plenty of other people out there who will be reading it and say, ‘That’s quite normal, that happened to me. It confused me too.’
“I’ve always been effeminate, and I think people confuse effeminacy with homosexuality, like they go hand-in-hand.
“But there are plenty of effeminate people who are straight, and plenty of butch people who are gay.
“I’ve always been camp, I’ve always been drawn to playing Wonder Woman in the school playground. I’m not worried about it, it just seems other people are."

David Walliams in The Sun.
His autobiography, Camp David, has a brilliant title, which may be baffling to anyone under 40 who doesn't know about the Camp David Middle East peace talks (Camp David's also, hilariously, in Maryland).

PS Walliam's first book - for children - The Boy In The Dress is beautiful, go read it.

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