Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Kevin Spacey Comes Out Under Fire for Child Abuse

From Entertainment Weekly:

Kevin Spacey is under fire for using his decision to come out as gay as a way to possibly deflect allegations by actor Anthony Rapp that the two-time Oscar winner made unwanted sexual advances more than 30 years ago.

In a two-paragraph tweet, Spacey, 58, wrote he was “horrified” to hear Rapp’s allegations that Spacey climbed on top of the young actor at a Manhattan party when Rapp was only 14. (Spacey was 26 at the time.) While he claimed to not remember what happened, Spacey wrote that he owes the now 46-year-old actor from Star Trek: Discovery “the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”

Spacey continued, writing that he wanted to “address other things about my life.” The House of Cards actor wrote that while he has had relationships over the years with both men and women, “I choose now to live as a gay man.”

On Monday, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault.”

“This is not a coming out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances,” Ellis continued. “The media and public should not gloss over that.”

In the meantime, Spacey’s tweet was met with a mixture of shock and skepticism (if not straight-up anger) from many people online.

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UPDATE: The clip below is of Late Night with Seth Meyers' writer Jenny Hagel, who is gay, and had some thoughts on the Keven Spacey apology to Anthony Rapp. 

1 comment:

Raybeard said...

I know that it's heinous to register anything but contempt for K.S. because of his horrifically ill-thought-out apology/declaration tweet, and to wish him 'good riddance' to a career, both on screen and on stage, that has surely been sunk beyond possibility of salvage now - a situation for which he has only himself to blame, and to which I must concur.
However, amongst all the comments about people saying that they had always found him a bit 'creepy' etc (something which I didn't share) I do own to having a pang of regret that it's come to this for him, most especially in the light of his departure earlier this year after a year-long tenure as artistic director of London's Old Vic theatre, which he managed triumphantly by his bringing productions of daring and imagination to the stage (as director and occasional actor) attracting plaudits from all around the art world. But there'll be few now who'll dare to publicly recognise what he achieved or would care to repeat the praises they showered on him until just recently, for fear of their being 'tainted' by association. Now his term at the Old Vic will only be remembered for the stories, whether true or otherwise, that during that time he made passes at various young men in the casts as well as backstage staff in some of the productions.
I find it all terribly sad - on several levels.