Mock the Week has not featured gay men for 9 years

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TV panel show ‘Mock the Week’ is under fire for having no gay or bi man for the last 9 years (the sow is broadcast for 12 years in general). Partly in response to criticism about the lack of female panellists on Mock the Week, in the BBC in 2014 required at least one woman per panel. Writing for the i newspaper, Stephen Bailey revealed that despite now featuring up to five guest comics per episode, Mock the Week has not featured a single openly gay or bisexual male comedian since 2008 episode featuring Stephen K Amos . Bailey, who is a warm-up comic for several TV shows, wrote: “Some comedy shows on certain channels insist that there must be gender and ethnic diversity on each panel.
“Of course there should be; it represents excellent progress in the UK in 2017, but there doesn’t seem to be the same need for gay men. There is outrage on my Facebook from my peers every time there is an episode of Mock the Week, for example, and the entire line-up is six white men. I get it. I understand, it’s not representative – and it is wrong. The outrage comes primarily from the lack of a woman, yet I cannot ­remember the last time there was a gay man on Mock the Week.” He added: “When fighting for diversity on screen, shouldn’t we all be fighting for all the brilliant women in comedy, the excellent comedians from different ethnic backgrounds and the hilarious – and yes sometimes camp – LGBT comics?” Bailey continued: “Recently, I was doing the warm-up for another television show that was about computer games. They have their hosts, their team captains and every episode they have a male and female guest, which I think is brilliant and progressive. Yet, two series in, they have not had a gay, male comedian as a guest. I realise it could bring about the end of television, but imagine if one week they had a woman and a gay man as guests.”

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