UK presenter Jonathan Ross has praised
singer George Michael as a “great role model for young gay men,”
UK's Evening Standard reported.
Ross praised the singer in an essay to
promote the re-release of Michael's Faith album.
Michael recently pleaded guilty to
driving under the influence of drugs during a July 4 car accident, in
which he crashed his Range Rover into a Snappy Snaps 1 hour photo
shop in north London. The crash reportedly occurred after the openly
gay Michael attended London's gay pride parade and festival. He was
given an 8-week jail sentence and fined nearly $2,000 in September.
In his essay, Ross praises Michael for
refusing to “pay lip-service to dominant hetero-culture.”
Michael instead offers “himself up as a radical and yet much-needed
alternative role model to young gay men who don't embrace camp or
feminised homosexual behavior as their own.”
Michael was also arrested in 1998 for
lewd conduct in a Los Angeles men's room. The incident forced the
reluctant singer to come out gay. He's since said the arrest was “a
huge relief and it took me about a year to admit to myself that I had
done it deliberately.”