Ian McKellen: Gay Men Are More Masculine Than Straight Men
Sir Ian McKellen lit up the Internet over the weekend. A new interview the The Evening Standard conducted with McKellen and bff Patrick Stewart saw the LGBT rep in the famous duo stick up for the masculinity of gay men.
“I’ve probably played even more military men than Patrick. Gandalf is a soldier, Magneto is a soldier, Richard III, Coriolanus, Macbeth. And I think the reason is because I want my revenge on them all…The people who start wars, perpetuate them and glory in them. ‘God save our gracious Queen, send her victorious?’ I’m sorry. What does that mean?… If that’s what masculinity is then I don’t want any part of it at all.”
Turning from military men to sexuality, McKellen added, “I think gay men are more masculine than straight men. Because, guess what? They love other men!…So when bully boys say: ‘Faggot!’ you say, ‘That’s right, I’m with the boys.’”
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