Kevin Spacey comes out as gay amid sexual harassment allegations, LGBT community in Delhi unhappy
Anthony Rapp recently alleged that Kevin Spacey tried to seduce him at a party over 30 years ago. Spacey, in response, chose to come out within hours of the accusation, something that hasn’t gone down too well with the city’s gay community.Updated: Oct 30, 2017 18:54 IST
The world woke up to two revelations in Hollywood on Monday. Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp accused Hollywood star Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance towards him at a party at Spacey’s house when Rapp, now 46, was 14 years old. Hours later, Spacey, 58, apologised for his misconduct through a statement on Twitter, but chose to come out as gay at the same time. The reactions to this were largely negative, with celebs such as Rose McGowan, Robbin Young and Dan Savage slamming him.
McGowan said that the focus should be on the victim, not the accused. “Keep focus on #AnthonyRapp BE THE VICTIM’S VOICE. Help us level the playing field,” she tweeted.
“Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted a child. That’s news. Not him coming out,” wrote a twitter user @IndigenousX, while another user @SociallySherri posted, “My gay son & his friends fight stereotypes constantly - shame on you Kevin Spacey for linking assaulting a minor with coming out as gay.”
Gay or not, sexual abuse needs to be condemned — that’s the sentiment among the youth in the LGBT community in Delhi. “It is not news that Kevin Spacey is gay. Rumours were enough for those have followed his movies and career to know so. He is trying to use that card as distraction. He’s a pedophile,” says Mihir Walia (27), an entrepreneur. Nikhail Gupta, a 25-year-old HR professional, agrees, saying, “This is just wrong. Why bring up your sexuality while apologising? The motive clearly is to misdirect. For all you know, he might not even be gay.”
Himanshu Sinha (22), a graphic artist, who actively campaigns for LGBT rights, adds, “We need to focus on the fact that people choose to look beyond consent, and then just issue statements of apology. They deserve strict action, and certainly do not deserve praise for coming out. It isn’t a brave move on his part, it’s a defence,” says Himanshu Sinha (22), a graphic artist who actively campaigns for LGBT rights.
Spacey wrote in his statement, “I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
Spacey went on to confirm rumours about his sexual orientation and wrote, “This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life.. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
Meanwhile, Rapp, did not respond to Spacey’s apology. Instead, he praised the “the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out” about sexual harassment in recent weeks.
I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out 1/3— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) October 30, 2017
to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me. 2/3— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) October 30, 2017
Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) October 30, 2017
The allegation by Rapp against Spacey is yet another case of sexual harassment that has come to the fore in Hollywood, recently. First, the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and then, actors Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams sharing stories of harassment by screenwriter-filmmaker James Toback.
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First Published: Oct 30, 2017 18:22 IST