Gay Actors Discuss Sexual Harassment In Hollywood

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Amidst mounting allegations against a number of Hollywood titans, out gay actors Wilson Cruz and Charlie Carver have stepped forward to discuss the sexual harassment they've endured in their respective careers.

The actors spoke of the subject during GLSEN's annual Respect Awards held in Beverly Hills on Friday, according to Variety.

Said Cruz, according to Variety:

"Yes! I mean, early on when I was a little twink there were people who made suggestions about how they could help me.

Although he didn't name names, Cruz said there were, "older gentlemen of a certain age who made offers."

He added

"I did not take them up on it, but it was uncomfortable. I was in my 20s, and I thought: 'Is this what one does?' And also: 'Am I going to ruin my career by not doing it?' In the end, I politely said no and kept on my way."

Carver also opened up to discuss his experience with the subject.

According to Variety, he said:

"There are many other people who have experienced way worse in terms of harassment, but I can identify and empathize with anybody who has gone through it.

"I'm not a stranger to it. This will hopefully open up a discussion about men and power dynamics in general -- maybe it has to do with exerting masculinity."

 

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I do wonder how much of this harassment is linked to the Hollywood establishment's keeping gay actors in the closet.  If they can threaten an actor's career with outing, then they can certainly buy their silence.

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It is ever OK to offer to help someone professionally while also expressing sexual or romantic interest?  Maybe . .but only if between peers and the "no thanks" must be respected.  I think guys tend to have it easier when rejecting unwanted advances.  I had an HR executive once who repeatedly lingered a bit too long and flirt in my office.  After I didn't respond to the repeated and prolonged flirting he came to his senses and we become buddies.  

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