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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Video: Alan Halsall and Natalie Gumede on Corrie abuse story


On this morning's BBC One Breakfast television programme Alan Halsall and Natalie Gumede, who play Tyrone Dobbs and Kirsty Soames on Coronation Street, were interviewed about Corrie's male domestic abuse story.

Natalie explains Kirsty's abusive nature is because of her father's abuse to her when she was a child and from betrayal by fellas during her life. She now she feels that attack is the best form of defence. Natalie said it's the most extreme behaviour she's ever had to act in any role. Speaking about any maternal instinct that Kirsty might be feeling soon, Natalie says that's something they're exploring in Corrie right now as it's the last day of filming while wearing the baby bump!

Alan spoke about meeting a male victim of domestic abuse and says Corrie are working with the charity Mankind - who are receiving a large number of calls since the storyline was featured on the soap.

Alan says that Tyrone confesses in the next couple of weeks to Tina about Kirsty's abuse after Tina finds him in the garage covered in bruises. He says Tyrone wouldn't ever fight back, or leave Kirsty, becuase he's so timid and laid back, which in real life is an issue for male abuse victims.

Watch the video here on the BBC website.

And in other news, Corrie actress Natalie Gumede told us here at the Coronation Street Blog something about her scene where she smashed the framed photo of Jack and Tyrone.  See below for our little conversation on twitter - Natalie is on twitter @nataliegumede and Alan is on twitter @alanhalsall




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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Both Alan and Natalie are very sincere and mature -- for example, compared to interviews I've seen of Pat Phoenix and Bill Roach in their younger years. It must be difficult to deal with fame, but A & N seem so different in their own personas than their characters', where Pat and Bill often seemed one and the same. Times have changed. Enjoyed the interview.

Anti Misandry said...

Why am I not surprised to see women's violence being blamed on other men? I realise this is the feminist mantra that all women's problems are a man's fault - but seriously... some women are abusive because they're abusive - not because men in their past made them that way. Similarly, a lot of men who are abusive are that way simply because it's who they are as well.

It's about time TV stopped blaming men for women's actions and let women be responsible for their own behaviours & thus be accountable adults - like men have to be.

maggie muggins said...

Anti M., I didn't read it that way here, or elsewhere. Abusers who get help do have to take responsibility for their actions, as do alcoholics and addicts in recovery. But to say that by confronting one's abuse in earlier life is blaming men or women is ludicrous.

Sure, not all people who were abused do it themselves as adults. But some do, and in this storyline it's what happened to Kirsty. Tyrone even said to her that if he was abusing her, he would probably be arrested for assault (paraphrasing). I think resources should be made available to men and women who hurt their spouses, along with any police involvement. It's a mental health issue, not a moral one. Kirsty knows something's wrong with her, has said it many times.

Anti Misandry said...

"Anti M., I didn't read it that way here, or elsewhere. ...to say that by confronting one's abuse in earlier life is blaming men or women is ludicrous."

You apparently missed this part of the above: "Natalie explains Kirsty's abusive nature is because of her father's abuse to her when she was a child and from betrayal by fellas during her life. She now she feels that attack is the best form of defence."

The female character's abusive behaviours are clearly stated as being resultant of her father's (a man) abuse to her as a child and 'betrayal' by other 'fellas' (men) during her life.

When we hear of abusive men, we do not tend to hear the excuses as to why they're that way.

Next we'll have her chopping his genitals and some female breakfast talk-show hosts can laugh about it, you know, just like Sharon Osborne did regarding Katherine Kue Becker's husband after he was drugged and castrated for asking for a divorce. As long as we continue to explain-away female abuse, we'll never take it seriously.

Anonymous said...

Will a male Corrie character who abuses his wife/partner be portrayed as sympathetically? Will he be presented as a victim of past abuses, or will it be the usual two-dimensional portrayal?

I think we can already guess the answer...

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