Kevin Spacey: 'He's played into a vicious trope around gay people' with coming out statement, says journalist

Kevin Spacey: 'He's played into a vicious trope around gay people' with coming out statement, says journalist

The actor provoked fury from the LGBT community

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A leading journalist has said Kevin Spacey's coming out statement would not have been celebrated by LGBT people, because it played into a "vicious trope" of gay people being child abusers and paedophiles.

The actor has had an accusation of abuse leveled at him over an incident in 1986. 

Anthony Rapp claimed the actor - who was then 26 - put him on a bed and laid down on top of him when he was only 14. 

Spacey issued a statement to apologise for any alleged incident, and in the same comment, to come out as gay - a decision which has drawn fury from the LGBT community. 

Benjamin Butterworth, who writes for Pink News, said he couldn't have made more of a mistake.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "Usually when someone famous comes out as gay or similar, a lot of LGBT people are delighted for an ally, for another famous person to stand up for them.

"What’s happened here couldn’t be further from that because people are mortified at the association being made.

"A lot of gay people have been frustrated by the conflation because there’s this vicious trope – going around for decades, fairly mainstream not so long ago – of the idea that gay people are paedophiles or child abusers.

"I would never tell someone to not come out, but what he’s done to do so at the same time is to play into those tropes in a lot of gay people’s minds.

"If he’d thought a lot of LGBT people were going to celebrate that, it’s really not gone down very well with a lot of Pink News readers and LGBT people.”

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