- After being accused of sexually assaulting actor Anthony Rapp in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old, actor Kevin Spacey issued an apology in which he came out as gay.
- Spacey blamed drunkenness for his actions.
- There had been rumours that Spacey was gay for years, but he had never come out, and kept his personal life very private.
- Many people are upset that Spacey used his apology as an opportunity to come out.
Actor Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) came out as gay on Sunday night. He delivered the news on Twitter in an apology to actor Anthony Rapp, who accused Spacey, now 58, of making a sexual advance on him in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old.
Here’s Spacey’s apology:
The fact that Spacey used his apology as an opportunity to finally come out (there had been rumours for years, just no confirmation since Spacey is a very private person), has upset a lot of people. Rapp said that the alleged incident, which happened when he was a minor, deeply affected him. And some people felt that Spacey’s apology tried to shift the narrative away from Rapp, and that Spacey’s excuse for his behaviour (drunkenness) was nowhere close to sufficient.
“You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow,” comedian Wanda Sykes tweeted.
Here are some of the ways people are reacting to Spacey’s apology on Twitter:
That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
It took 58 years for Kevin Spacey to cash in his gay out of jail free card.
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) October 30, 2017
Just wanna be really fucking clear that being gay has nothing to do w/ going after underage folks
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) October 30, 2017
Nope to Kevin Spacey’s statement. Nope. There’s no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
I keep rereading this statement and getting angrier. Coming out is a beautiful part of being gay. Attaching it to this vileness is so wrong.
— realMarkHarris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 30, 2017
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