(EDGE) Many celebrities are taking issue with Kevin Spacey for coming out as gay after he was accused by "Star Trek" star Anthony Rapp for alleged sexual misconduct when he was 14 years old.
Speaking with BuzzFeed, Rapp said Spacey befriended him while they were performing on Broadway. Rapp was 14 at the time he attended a party at the "House of Cards" actor's apartment in 1986. Rapp says at the end of the night, a drunk Spacey picked him up and placed him on his bed. Rapp says Spacey, who was 26 at the time, then climbed on top of him.
Responding to Rapp's claims in a tweet, Spacey apologized and also came out as gay. But a number of celebrities are calling out Spacey's decision to come out in the wake of Rapp's interview.
Among the celebs taking issue with Spacey's statement are Billy Eichner, Rose McGowan, Wanda Sykes, Dan Savage and more.
Find their responses below.
Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
But honestly I hesitate to make jokes because the Spacey statement is truly disgusting, irresponsible and dangerous. Ok goodnight!— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye. #ROSEARMY— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 30, 2017
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
Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement. Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
"I'm sorry, Mr. Spacey, but your application to join the gay community at this time has been denied."— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
Anthony Rapp: "Kevin Spacey tried to rape me."— Travon Free (@Travon) October 30, 2017
Media: "Kevin how do you respond?"
Spacey: "uuh...uuhh... Hey everyone I'm gay!" pic.twitter.com/6LAEfsyRtF
Twitter has some thoughts on Kevin Spacey announcing he’s gay while also being accused of sexual misconduct with a teen. pic.twitter.com/TXzI9APnao— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 30, 2017
I keep rereading this statement and getting angrier. Coming out is a beautiful part of being gay. Attaching it to this vileness is so wrong.— realMarkHarris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 30, 2017
This is not about you being gay, Mr Spacey, it's about you being an alleged paedophile. https://t.co/L92PwDsAB0— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey's comment was wrong on so many levels. https://t.co/5pFhiqMK5W— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey really tried to throw the entire LGBT community under a bus and call it solidarity in an effort to mask his personal failings.— deray mckesson (@deray) October 30, 2017