Giles Fraser, the priest-in-charge at St Mary’s Newington in south London and the former canon chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, has written an aimless thinkpiece for The Guardian, which seems to assert that the late, great David Bowie – or rather, his performative personae – didn’t live in the real world (shock, horror!) and would have been better off just fitting into his community rather than standing out. Fraser seems to have fundamentally misunderstood the joy of Bowie – poor him.
“His work was the fantasy of life without constraint,” he concludes, “without the restrictions of (moral) gravity and directed exclusively by the lone star of choice. This philosophy can only work in the realm of fiction and fantasy. Back on planet Earth, the unencumbered life turns out to be more of a curse than a blessing. Sorry – I know Bowie was a great – but I don’t believe in life on Mars.”
Naturally, Twitter is having as ‘WTF’ a reaction as the rest of us, and comedian Tiernan Douieb has created The Giles Fraser Game, where users can suggest other ludicrous thinkpiece headlines. Have a go.