Eighties pop star Boy George has hit back at the bad reviews his musical taboo received after its New York premiere earlier this month (NOV03) - calling them "homophobic".

George says the spectacular show, which was mauled by American critics upon its transfer from a successful run on London's West End, is actually doing good business - despite reports it is already proving a financial disaster.

He says, "The larger papers were scathing after opening night but there has been tremendous support in local papers and on TV.

"Our sales have risen eight per cent and the crowds have been warm and enthusiastic.

"For gay New Yorkers it has become a political issue as many felt the reviews were homophobic. Websites are full of rants from queens discussing the media coverage."

23/11/2003 13:51