Kevin Spacey feels bullied when reporters question his sexuality — and thinks this media bullying creates the culture of bullying that many gay teenagers face.
Actor Kevin Spacey, like many Hollywood leading men, has had his sexual orientation questioned by fans and reporters alike for years. In a recent Daily Beast interview promoting his new film Casino Jack, Spacey refused to answer point-blank questions about his sexuality — citing that he has not “given up [his] right to privacy.” He continues:
“I don’t live a lie. 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… I am different than some people would like me to be. I just don’t buy into that the personal can be political. I just think that’s horsesh*t. No one’s personal life is in the public interest. It’s gossip, bottom line. End of story. Now some people feed that. They’ll go to the trendy restaurants where all the photographers are and then bit*h about being famous. But if you don’t want to feed that and you want your life to be based around what your work is then it ends there.”
The actor confesses that he was profoundly upset by the recent rash of gay teenage suicides — but feels that when the media questions his sexuality, he’s being just as bullied as a gay teen may be:
“I think what we have seen in terms of gay teenagers committing suicide because of bullying is anguishing. I think young people, if they are feeling like they are confused, need to know that there are people to talk to and that there are places they can go and not feel alone. But I feel that they have just as many rights as I do to not be bullied. And I don’t understand people who say, ‘Well, this is a terrible thing that is happening to this young person whose life is being exposed,’ and then turn around and do it to another person. 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.”
Spacey continues his thought-provoking parallel between the culture of bullying and the culture of celebrity, placing responsibility upon the shoulders of the media:
“…why is it in this country that kids might think it’s okay to bully and make fun of somebody? I’ll tell you why, because what do they see in the media happening all the time? In the media they seem to think that’s okay. So if we stop using sexuality as a weapon against people maybe everyone will eventually get cool with it.”
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