Monday, 30 October 2017

Kevin Spacey conflates paedophilia with being gay (video)

The story isn't "Kevin Spacey accused of paedophilia", but the lead is that he comes out as gay, with a following bit about him being accused of trying to seduce a child actor. Obviously he's hoping that finally coming out as gay will deflect attention away from the accusation that he tried to seduce 14 year old child actor Anthony Rapp. Rapp's latest venture BTW is in the new Star Trek Discovery series.

Paedophilia (allegedly) is bad enough, but to insinuate that it was because he's gay is an outrage to the entire gay community. Particularly in Australia where the LGBT had had to endure a month of "respectful" debate about our lives in which many times online we've been accused of being sick paedophiles. To have someone do what Spacey has done only gives those accusers more ammunition to spread lies about us.

Spacey, in smearing LGBT like he has, has done his popularity and stardom no favours. As he's now announced being a member of our community, he may do well to avoid us for a time after what he's just done to us.
In a series of tweets, Vanity Fair writer Richard Lawson said Spacey linking his coming out to the accusations of misconduct on an underage boy was “disgusting”. 

“Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old. Conflating those things is disgusting,” Lawson wrote. 

“This exposes the gay community to a million tired old criticisms and conspiracies. 

“The distance we’ve had to walk to get away from the notion that we’re all paedophiles is significant. 

“For a famous person to deflect these accusations with a long-in-the-making coming out is so cruel to his supposed new community it stings.” 

 In an earlier tweet, Lawson acknowledged the struggle Spacey must have suffered through as he grappled with his sexuality while being a Hollywood star — but said it was no excuse for such behaviour.