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Daniel Radcliffe Listed in Arabic Publication's Homosexual "Disgrace" List

The Middle East Broadcasting Center has "outed" a number of Hollywood celebrities on their "Disgrace" list

By: Sara Torvik

Published: September 24th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Rumours have previously circulated about actor Daniel Radcliffe’s sexuality, but it looks like one major Arabic publication may have taken the rumour a bit too far. The Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), which has a far-reaching audience of around 150 million Arabic speakers worldwide, has apparently “outed” Radcliffe as a homosexual, along with a list of other Hollywood celebrities. The list is called “List of Disgrace: Hollywood Celebrities Who Announced Their Homosexuality” and features everyone from Cameron Diaz to Lindsay Lohan.

Radcliffe, as it turns out, is not gay, but has always been a vocal supporter of LGBT issues, and says the rumours that exist about his sexuality don’t bother him at all. “If people are speculating about your sexuality, then you’re doing okay,” he said in a recent interview with The Guardian.

Here is the full list of celebrities on the “name and shame” list, which been translated for English speakers:

  • Ricky Martin: “One of the first who announced their sexuality.”
  • Cameron Diaz: “Stated that she prefers making love to women even though she was in a relationship with Justin Timberlake. She doesn’t mind making love to a man but prefers having a long-term relationship with a woman.”
  • Jodie Foster: “Got married to her partner, the photographer Alexandra Hedison, lately.”
  • Daniel Radcliffe: “Harry Potter’s actor, announced his sexuality.”
  • Lindsay Lohan: “Has previously announced her homosexuality. She was engaged to Samantha Ronson and they were planning to get married but they broke up before marriage.”
  • Ellen DeGeneres: ‘The star and famous TV presenter preferred to get married to her partner Portia De Rossi and they have been living together for a couple of years.”
  • Elton John: “The global musician has not just announced his sexuality, but got married and wore a wedding dress from his boyfriend David Furnish and had kids using surrogacy.”
  • Neil Patrick Harris: “His boyfriend and him had twins the same way as Elton.”

The MBC is the first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab world and is located in Dubai. Though it seems like they may need to invest in a better fact-checker.

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