This week, during a National Theatre Platforms discussion for the West End revival of Angels in America, Andrew Garfield jokingly declared himself a gay man, but "just without the physical act — that's all. The logic speaks for itself. Before we go on, let's make one thing clear: Garfield had no ill intentions. He voiced his concerns over taking the role, asking "what right did I have to play this wonderful gay role? He even clarified his sexuality by stating "as far as I know, I am not a gay man," before going on to explain how he prepared for the role — which is where the well-publicized statement comes in. In short, good intentions, but poor delivery.
Andrew Garfield Faces Backlash For Saying He's Living Like a Gay Man
Andrew Garfield Faces Backlash For Saying He's Living Like a Gay Man | Teen Vogue
Given that LGBTQ people don't get proper representation in media, Andrew's portrayal of a gay man itself is problematic, but he landed in even more hot water when he said he feels like a gay man, just without the sexual contact with other men. According to People , Andrew said during a discussion on Monday that he's been living like a gay man to prepare for the role, just not having sex with other men. 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.
Andrew Garfield's gay comments stir backlash
Garfield is clearly not ignorant of the magnitude of the undertaking — and what the play has meant to queer folks for the last quarter-century — which ought not to be discredited by an unfortunate soundbite. This even has its own internet neologism: queer-baiting , practiced by the likes of James Franco and Nick Jonas, who in their half-hearted outreach to the gay community have generally been received with indifference. For Jonas, this consisted mainly of playing a gay wrestler on TV, showing up at Manhattan gay clubs to bare his abdominals and promote a new, edgier album , and admitting to watching Mariah Carey on the Home Shopping Network.
By Bhvishya Patel For Mailonline. Speaking to The Independent , the year-old actor shared his thoughts on the discussion surrounding the roles and the growing consensus that they are being taken away from LGBTQ actors and actresses. The actor said: 'I think Tony Kushner put it best. That's none of my business who someone sleeps with. The only question I have as the playwright is, are they right for this character?