Bravo TV executive Andy Cohen has reportedly come under fire for calling One Direction ‘twinks’, which is often considered a derogatory gay reference.
Appearing on the Today Show just hours after Harry Styles and co had performed in front of their thousands of fans who had queued for days to see them, Cohen recalled the moment when he saw the band in the green room.
He said: “This morning, I went into the normal green room that we typically go into. I barged in, there are all these people in front of us. Oh, it’s all the leftover One Direction fans. I barged right into a room of twinks: One Direction! Security was not exactly too tight, with all due respect. I barged right in. It was crazy!”
The term “twinks” is said to be a slang word for young gay men and is deemed to be offensive and derogatory.
However, Cohen didn’t just use the term in his interview. Minutes before going on set for his interview, Cohen tweeted : “No joke just walked right into One Direction greenroom!! The blond dude was shirtless #HolyTwink.”
Taking to his Twitter page after reportedly getting tweets from One Direction fans who were unhappy with his comments, Cohen apologised saying:
“Misused word earlier — I just meant they’re cute. #1D” But he has left his tweet from earlier still on his official page.
Believing that the term ‘Twink’ isn’t offensive, A spokesperson for One Direction told us: “I don’t think the term ‘Twink’ is offensive – it just means attractive!”
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