X Factor Malta judge and popular singer Ira Losco has taken a former X Factor Malta contestant to task over comments he made in relation to a gender non-binary Maltese entertainer.
Matthew Grech, who infamously calls himself an “ex-gay” and promotes Christian Fundamentalism with the River of Love, has attacked Maltese singer The Clintess and this newsroom after the flamboyant singer appeared on Lovin Malta’s fashion show Off The Rails.
“Clint is precious in God’s eyes, and he is a Maltese man who has ‘rebelled’ and rejected his masculine identity because of peer pressure and harmful LGBT indoctrination,” Grech said in the comments section.
“He might look happy on the outside, but individuals like Clint have unresolved wounds on the inside. Yet the government has banned help and affirms gender confusion. Malta needs a strong Christian foundation if it wants to withstand the test of time,” he continued.
Needless to say, he was quickly called out for his fundamentalist views – not least by Malta’s reigning queen of pop, Ira Losco, who quickly quoted Matthew 7:5 from the Bible, a quote aimed at hypocrites, right back at him.
“Matthew Grech, how the hell would you know if he’s happy or not inside? As the Bible which you so fervently quote would say, take the log out of your own eye before you take the speck out of thy neighbour’s!” she said.
Other people quickly began piling in on what many see as disproven and outdated views.
“Let others live,” someone said to Grech. “Who the hell are you anyway to diagnose people with Gender Dysmorphia? If you are happy in your own bubble, then be happy in it, and let others be happy in their own bubble too. If anything, it’s people like you that make other people feel weird and strange because you abuse the name of God and spread confusing ideas around. Wake up and smell the coffee.”
Another person simply told him “Be sure to stretch before you reach next time.” A third advised him to watch the movie Boy Erased.
Grech replied by saying he stands with his LGBT friends “because I have gone through the same struggle. That enables me to understand them more than those who haven’t gone through it.”
“Everyone is free to make choices. And so am I. I celebrate my freedom to lead men to confront their confusion and to restore their hope for a family,” he continued.