Jim Parsons on Straight Actors Playing Gayface
Apparently, the topic of straights playing gay face is making the rounds this week. Unfortunately, I don’t agree with Jim Parsons. I find his comments a bit disingenuous. His statement below is a perfect example of what I’m always saying: just because you can do something well doesn’t mean you should be doing it. Just think about any white actor playing blackface. It doesn’t matter how well they do it. It’s just wrong. I will go up on the hill for that.
There are plenty of straight actors who have played gay characters brilliantly,” Parsons said. “I think Brokeback Mountain is one of the most touching gay movies and love stories I have ever seen, and those two straight actors [Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal] were the best choices for those roles.”
Here’s more. I think Brokeback Mountain was filled with flaws and totally straight washed. I do, however, believe that actors who played gay in the past should get a free pass, though. First, there wasn’t much gay content out there. Second, not many were willing to play gay characters. Actors like Harry Hamlin were brave.