When famous people come out of the closet, they are widely appreciated. But when actor Kevin Spacey came out last month, he faced a national backlash.
The Oscar-winning actor revealed his sexual preferences in an apology note after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making sexual advances toward him in 1986, when he was just 14 years old.
Spacey responded by releasing a statement on Twitter to apologize for his “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” and to come out of the closet, saying that he “chooses” to “live as a gay man.”
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
A lot of people expressed their disgust over Spacey’s attempt to link a pedophilic act with homosexuality and get away with assaulting a minor using homosexuality as an excuse.
No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks! https://t.co/xJDGAxDjxz
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey sexually assaulting a minor has nothing to do with homosexuality. Also, someone should explain this to #KevinSpacey.
— Aimee Carrero Rock (@aimeecarrero) October 30, 2017
No one gives AF if you are gay Kevin Spacey. You are a child molester trying to Dangle shiny keys as a distraction.
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) October 30, 2017
Hi guys, I MAY have killed a man with a tire iron today, don’t remember. Also I’d like to take this opportunity to come out as bisexual.
— Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) October 30, 2017
u don't remember the incident – 30 years ago? – fuck u kevin – like Harvey we all knew about u – I hope more men come forward @KevinSpacey
— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 30, 2017
The Daily Beast reported:
“For Spacey to say that he now chooses to be gay also insinuates that it’s a decision someone can switch on and off. For him to speak up about it now, amid these allegations, implies that being gay is a shameful secret you must keep hidden. Furthermore, the decision to switch it on now after vehemently refusing to come out for years makes the decision all the more cold and calculated.”
In the past, people linked homosexuality with child molestation and often portrayed homosexuals as a threat to children. But the homosexual community has tirelessly waged a battle against the portrayal.
Actor Zachary Quinto, best known for playing Spock in the Star Trek reboot and Sylar on Heroes, defended his community on Twitter saying, “I am sorry that Kevin only saw fit to acknowledge his truth when he thought it would serve him – just as denial served him for so many years.”
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) October 30, 2017