Boy George Returns with New Album, Same Controversy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Last year was good to Boy George fans. The former Culture Club singer marked his return with his first studio album of all new material since 1995. "This Is What I Do" also propelled him into the top 50 on the UK charts -- the first time in 18 years.

Anyone familiar with Boy George -- even to a small extent -- knows that the past two decades have not been kind to him. The genre (and gender)-binding musician spent time in prison for assault and false imprisonment. And he fought a long battle with heroin addiction beginning in the late '80s just as his career and image was exploding internationally.

Jian Ghosmeshi sat down with Boy George to explore his jaunt back into the spotlight in what some critics have marked as a return to his glory days. But in typical fashion, the interview wasn't without a heated and lively debate. Listen to hear Boy George offer candid insight into his new music, as well as dismiss Jian for asking questions about his past: "Not everything I say is interesting and not everything you ask me is important to answer."


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I find Boy George to be talented, intelligent & quick-witted. However, in this interview, he used his quick mind & mouth as it suited him, accusing Jian (who was courteous & respectful, as usual) of being just another tabloid journalist. If he didn't want to talk about some of his past issues, he should have laid that out prior to the interview instead of being a defensive, smart-mouthed snot. Perhaps he would have been more courteous if the interview were face to face.

Mar. 25 2014 10:28 PM
Ann Marie from Florida

I think the headline for this story is very misleading.

What I am hearing is a very open, honest conversation between Boy George and the interviewer. I think we are all so used to hearing these sterile, politically correct, manager-controlled type of celebrity interviews that we can't tolerate genuine human reactions and responses. How sad. I'd rather hear an interview like this any day than the usual, expected non-conversations that usually take place to push the latest record.

To characterize this as the "same controversy" is unfair. Clearly George has come to terms with his demons, and is making a new start. I've enjoyed his music for years, and wish him all the best in this new phase of his career.

Mar. 24 2014 09:04 AM
Neil from Austin

Am I the only one who thinks Boy George was nasty to Ghoreshi because of his crypto-racism? Boy George is gay and Ghoreshi is ethnic Persian. A black gay man once told me that there was more racism among gay people than in the straight population.

Mar. 20 2014 01:20 AM
Mark UK/NJ from New Jersey

I think it best he just not do interviews to promote the new album, he's so defensive it's painful. You won't get a more gracious interviewer than this, the guy bends over backwards to accommodate Boy George and is obviously a fan of the new work.
You can't say the past is completely off limits, it all relates to what you do now and one or two questions about this are to be expected. He needs to figure out a better way to deal this, his current tactic just makes him sound like a jerk.

Mar. 19 2014 10:41 PM
Green from Chicago

This interviewer was a typical NPR-type a**hole. (See, for example, the super-affected [Robert Siegel], sometimes over-emoting [Michele Norris] hosts of "All Things Considered," who try so hard not to sound like they have any opinions about any subject even as they frame every question and analysis around their biased assumptions. They also NEVER dare to ask a follow-up question even when it's absolutely evident that the person they're interviewing is lying or avoiding a question. Throughout the years of the Bush-Cheney-Ashcrft-Rumsfed-Rce regime, they literally allowed countless agents of that evil government to get away with murder, never daring to confront them with truth-seeking, truth-establishing, hard-hitting follow-up questions.)

This interview with Boy George was supposed to be about his new record album. It was not.

The performer/interviewee had every right to be upset that the interviewer steered the questioning in a direction that focused on his past, tabloid-headline-making antics, not on his current artistic work, and as Boy George said, he has put that part of his past behind him and is living in the present and looking ahead, not to the past. This was tabloid-fodder muck-raking, not a serious, art-focused interview.

For this you ask people to give you money?

Mar. 19 2014 07:30 PM
elise from joisey from new jersey

Wow, that interview made me not like Boy George so much. How can you say you live your life out loud, that nothing is off limits and then freak out when an interviewer asks about your public life. Ugh. You just lost a fan with your rude, drama queen behavior. Boo. Hiss.

Mar. 19 2014 06:39 PM

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