Hollywood Stars Who Play Gayface for Pay
Here’s more on the discussion about whether or not actors coming from straight privilege should be playing gay for pay…or any of the LGBTQ+ categories for that matter. It’s very interesting because most straight people don’t even realize just how homophobic they are whenever they defend someone straight playing gay for pay. Their privilege has taught them they deserve to do anything they want to do.
However, very few LGBT roles are filled by openly LGBT actors. Actors who are open about their sexuality are struggling to carve a successful career path for themselves – a fact that is not helped by their heterosexual counterparts filling up roles that some might argue should be reserved for them.
Here’s the rest. They go on to list all the actors who’ve played gayface over the years. I could name a few more.
I will say that some of the names on this list date back a few decades and I really don’t find fault with any straight actor who played gay years ago. The truth is that very few actors were out of the closet and they needed straight actors to play gay for a reason. Like Harry Hamlin, for example, who played gay in the movie, “Making Love.” He did a wonderful job during a time when no one else was willing to play gay. And Hamlin had a rough time of it. Hollywood is notorious for its homophobia.
“It was 10 years too early, I guess, and it completely ended my career. That was the last studio picture I ever did. The door shut with a resounding smash,” he said.
Of course, nowadays things are different and we have openly gay actors looking for work. They should get the first chance at playing a gay character. This isn’t about acting. This is about doing the right thing.
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