A shocking video reveals how two men were subjected to homophobic abuse as they walked through a town holding hands.
BBC Radio presenter Iain Lee launched the experiment with Justin Dealey after a listener revealed people “shouted abuse” at him when he walked with his boyfriend.
Lee said he was so shocked by the listener’s revelation that he decided to see what happened if he walked through Luton holding another man’s hand.
Right, OK. Do I need to hide behind the sofa for this bit? Is it going to get scary?
Footage of the experiment shows people turning their heads and apparently staring at the pair as Dealey observes they “definitely had looks” within around four minutes of their walk.
They had….looks? Not assaults? Not flaming brands and pitchforks?
Lee adds: “I saw a dad usher a child away from us, did you see that?
“There was a dad walking with his kid, he clocked the hands, clocked us, and then said: ‘Come on, love. Come on.’”
OMG, HOLD THE PRESSES! Someone ushered their child away..!
Is there more..?
The pair then confront a teenager after hearing him say ‘eurgh’ as he walked past them.
Questioned about his remark, the boy replies: “I thought it was disgusting. I just think it’s wrong for two men… I just think it’s disgusting in my opinion.”
A woman, who appears to be his mother, adds: “He doesn’t obviously agree with homosexuality. It’s got a stigma. He’s a teenage boy.”
She adds: “I’m not against it, but I don’t like it in my face to be honest. It does make me feel a little bit embarrassed if you two were to embrace in a kiss, I’d feel a little bit awkward. Especially in Luton you don’t see that.”
Ah. Right. This is the best they could find? The most flagrant example of a red-in-tooth-and-claw homophobe turns out to be an Adrian Mole type and a mildly-apologetic woman?
Lee said the experiment left him feeling “surprised and disappointed”.
Not half as disappointed as anyone expecting to be confronted with the ‘shocking homophobic abuse’ promised in the headline…