Andrew Garfield Criticized For Saying He's A 'Gay Man Without The Physical Act' .
Andrew Garfield is facing a public backlash after making what some consider inappropriate remarks.
The 33-year-old British American actor, who is currently starring in a London production of Angels in America, recently said:
“My only time off during rehearsals – every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru. I mean every single series of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I mean every series. This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that’s all. As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well.”
But watching Drag Race does not a gay man make. By saying he's living like a gay man, just without the physical act, Andrew is basically saying he's enjoying certain parts of gay culture without risking the persecution gay men really face. It's not watching a television show that puts queer people at an increased risk of violence, it's the idea that their sexual preference is wrong or perverted that makes them at risk of abuse. So if Andrew is saying he's a gay man "without the physical act," he's essentially saying he's co-opting a lifestyle without any of the risk.
If you listen to the audio recording of the discussion, however, it sounds as though Garfield is making the remarks with his tongue firmly placed in his cheek.
Writing for the Daily Beast, Kevin Fallon offers his though about Garfield's comments, and the subsequent backlash:
At the discussion, he was asked how he prepared for the role. Maybe choosing an inopportune moment to respond to a serious question about a serious play with one of those “I’m relatable!” silly stories celebrities like to tell on the Jimmy Kimmel show, he talked about how, on his off time during rehearsals, he would have eight friends over and they would binge-watch RuPaul’s Drag Race. “That is my life outside of this play,” he said. “I am a gay man right now just without the physical act—that’s all.”
Without actually being in London to hear them say this, you can still hear the tongue-in-cheek tone of his comment. It seems, at least to this writer who takes respect for the LGBTQ community and gay culture in Hollywood very seriously, like a throwaway joke. A bad one, but nonetheless a joke.
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