Wentworth Miller Rejects Russian Film Festival Invite: 'As A Gay Man, I Must Decline'
Wentworth Miller sent a very clear statement today in his letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, declining their invitation to attend as the "Guest of Honor."
See what he had to say:
"Re: St. Petersburg International Film Festival / "Guest of Honor" Invitation
Dear Ms. Averbakh:
Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes.
However, as a gay man, I must decline.
I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.
Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice.
Member, The ManKind Project"
Miller immediately received support from GLAAD, who says via spokesperson Wilson Cruz: "Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone. As people from across the globe continue to speak out against Russia's horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia's anti-LGBT law."
Well done, Wentworth!!
We're curious how Russia planned to welcome their gay "Guest of Honor"?? Was it going to be in handcuffs?