Kevin Spacey, one of America’s greatest actors, is like many celebrities in that he wishes to keep his private life, just that – private. The rumors about his sexuality have attracted media buzz for many years, however. He has never married, and at one time took his mother to Hollywood events.
Recently, he sat down with an openly gay reporter from The Daily Beast. Rather than dance around the subject the reporter asked about Spacey’s sexuality immediately.
“We gay men have always proudly claimed you as a member of our tribe, and yet you don’t proudly claim us back,” the interviewer told Spacey. “Why?”
The 51-year-old actor was, understandably, shocked by the directness of the question.
“People have different reasons for the way they live their lives. You cannot put everyone’s reasons in the same box. It’s just a line I’ve never crossed and never will,” he responded to the questioning.
Yet, Spacey claimed he would love to take part in an “It Gets Better” video or PSA, and blames the bullying which so many kids suffer on the fact that bullies are influenced by the media which often makes it okay to use “sexuality as a weapon against people.” He went on to say that if the media stops doing that, “maybe everyone will eventually get cool with it.”
In the wake of former President Carter stating that someday we will have a gay president, and that someday the LGBT community will be granted full civil rights Spacey’s words are poignant and truthful.
Furthermore, Spacey is not living a lie by not revealing one way or another if he is gay or not.
“You have to understand that people who choose not to discuss their personal lives are not living a lie. That is a presumption that people jump to. Look, at the end of the day people have to respect people’s differences. I am different than some people would like me to be. I just don’t buy into that the personal can be political… No one’s personal life is in the public interest. It’s gossip, bottom line. End of story.”
For now though, since he is not confirming anything one way or another we will simply have to let him now our arms are open and waiting should he really wish to end the gossip.
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