House of Cards actor, Kevin Spacey has come out as gay and the internet is in a rumble. Not that it comes off as a shock but perhaps if he had chosen a better time to come out, the story and reactions certainly would have been different.
His bold step follows an accusation slammed on his face when he allegedly made a s*xual advance towards a male child actor in 1986.
He wrote on Twitter: “This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life… I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose to now live as a gay man.”
BBC reports that the victim is actor Anthony Rapp, who was 14 at the time. Kevin invited him home, probably drunk more than necessary and that was when the alleged incident happened.
From what it looks like, Kevin would not get off this hook easily. Josh Rivers, the newly-appointed editor of Gay Times has stated that he won’t get off this one, gay or not.
“Alleged predatory behaviour is bad behaviour regardless of your s*xuality. Kevin Spacey has chosen the incorrect moment to assert his s*xuality, particularly in this situation where he’s being accused of something quite egregious.”
Linda Riley, publisher of Diva magazine and co-founder of the British LGBT Awards, says:
“I felt it was deflecting from the allegations.
“There have been so many times he could’ve come out in the past and he hasn’t. That’s his choice but he should’ve used this time to own the apology, and so to make it about himself instead was disgusting, basically.”
She adds: “I find this whole statement quite manipulative if I’m honest, he’s tried to acknowledge what he’s done, but used the fact he’s gay as subterfuge.”