Sewell vs. “Vicious” – Protesting too much

Missive to the Evening Standard:


I read Brian Sewell’s piece on the ITV series “vicious” with considerable amusement. Even now, I am not sure it isn’t parody.

Mr Sewell’s claims that ordinary older gay men do not behave anything like the show’s characters are well made – as a 53 year old gay man, I know this to be true.

Where Mr Sewell’s point runs out of both steam and credibility is his claim to be such a person. In his writing and occasional media appearances, he comes across as a missing third male member of the cast. The vicious posturing queen is exactly his public face, and it has been for donkey’s years.

I too dislike Vicious, but for the far worse crime of it simply not being funny.

Paul Harper