Monday, 25 February 2013

Nature Versus Nurture

Derren Brown the UK illusionist, who himself is 'gay', was reported in the Sun Newspaper as planning to turn a gay man straight, and make a straight man attracted to men, for his latest stunt. In fact he has now gone on record to deny that he ever did more than discuss the idea in an interview saying: 'I was thinking about this the other day — it would be interesting wouldn’t it? To take a gay guy and make him straight and a straight guy and make him gay'.

He then immediately tweeted: 'Article in @thesunnewspaper saying that my next show is about changing sexuality: total rubbish. Thanks for that, being printed everywhere as fact'.

Derren Brown - Trickster with a box of tricks

What makes this interesting is that it reopens the 'nature versus nurture' discussion on homosexuality .... after all if he believes that it might be possible to even consider making such a show, suggests that he at least considers that a combination of misdirection and "hypnotism" would be enough to achieve that trick.

I am surprised that the 'gay' community isn't up in arms at the very idea, and proclaiming that its outrageous ..... the gay mantra has always been that its 'nature', not 'nurture', which if true, means the show idea should never even have been considered.

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