Why Grumpy Fag?

Many years ago, I was having far too much wine with one of my favourite and closest mates.  He put the telly on and asked if I’d ever seen the show that was about to start on the BBC.  Having said ‘no’, he said, well you’ll love this then.  It’s totally me, and I think you’ll get it as well.

That show was Grumpy Old Men.  From the very beginning I was “oh my god, I totally agree with what he’s saying!”.  My mate looked at me and said “I knew you’d love it”.  I was hooked.  We howled with laughter for the 30 mins it was on and exchanged knowing looks about the various opinions and nodded, and sometimes screamed in agreement with the grumpy men on the box.

It’s a shame it’s not on any more as I loved it.  I do love a bit of a moan, I will admit.  I’d also be willing to take part in the show. Comedy Central later ran a similar show called ‘Grouchy Young Men’ – same idea but with the famous younger men of the time.  There’s never been one for people like me – the middle aged gay man.  So I created this blog.

Yes, ‘fag’ has negative connotations in relation to being a gay man.  I also know a fag is bunch of wood, a type of meatball and a term used in British private schools where the junior boys would ‘fag‘ (i.e. be personal servants) for the more senior ones.  I also used to be called fag as a younger kid in school which I hated.  So I’m claiming it back for this.  Besides, Grumpy Middle Aged Gay Man doesn’t have quite the same ring now does it?


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