The House Of Cards star and former artistic director of London’s Old Vic theatre, Kevin Spacey, is facing serious criticism from Hollywood for the way he linked his sexuality to his apology about allegations of sexual advances towards a 14-year-old actor.
It was a wrong timing for Kevin Spacy’s decision to come out as gay, laments human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
“It is tragic that it has taken allegations of sexual harassment for Kevin Spacey to finally come out as gay, after not disclosing his sexuality for decades. It is even worse that he mixes up his sexuality with inappropriate behaviour. His gayness is irrelevant. It’s his actions that have prompted concern,” says Peter Tatchell.
“Although women are the main victims of sexual abuse and inappropriate behaviour by male public figures, clearly some men are victims too. All those affected, whatever their gender or sexuality, deserve admiration for coming forward and telling their story.
“We have to respond to the post-Weinstein outpouring of revelations by changing the male and workplace culture that allows abuse to happen. To protect future generations, it should be mandatory for all schools to teach pupils about consent and abuse issues and to challenge the disordered forms of masculinity that fuel sex abuse,”Peter Tatchell added.
Kim Sanders, communications manager for the the LGBT lobby group, said: “Usually when celebrities come out we’re quick to send on our congratulations and to talk about the importance of role models. But for Kevin Spacey to choose this particular moment to come out is harmful to the LGBT community. His sexual orientation bears no relevance to the serious allegations he is facing, and to conflate these things is extremely damaging.”
Hollywood big figures are outraged that Kevin choose this moment to come out as gay,thereby making light of the allegation.
A Netflix spokesperson said the streaming service was “deeply troubled” by the allegation against Spacey and the upcoming sixth series of House of Cards would be the last.