However, when I read this article about why he was turned down for roles in Harry Potter, I couldn’t help thinking about the many times I’ve posted about gay actors who have been turned down for gay roles in Hollywood. Openly gay John Barrowan was turned down for the part of Will in Will and Grace. Hollywood gave the part of Will to a straight actor, so that he could play gayface. I don’t think it’s a matter of whether or not an actor can play a particular role. Eric McCormack did a wonderful job in Will and Grace and I do think that Will and Grace was a great show for its time. But I hope we’ve moved on since then. I think it’s more about cultural appropriation and respect to the minority nowadays. If you’re coming from a place of privilege you may or may not get that. But anyone who is part of a minority will get it.
And this was interesting…
When it comes to Harry Potter, a slew of iconic actors have donned wizarding robes for the film franchise. Actors like Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, and even Maggie Smith have all starred in the critically acclaimed series. However, you may have noticed something about the films’ cast; All of the talent is British. Author JK Rowling and the team behind Harry Potter at Warner Bros. were insistent that all talent in the films were British. Of course, most fans were and still are pleased with that decision, but there are a few who likely resented the decision.
“Robin [Williams] had called [director Chris Columbus] because he really wanted to be in the movie, but it was a British-only edict, and once he said no to Robin, he wasn’t going to say yes to anybody else, that’s for sure,” she revealed. “It couldn’t be.”
I have no doubt that Robin Williams could have played a role in Harry Potter beautifully, however, I do have doubts about cultural appropriation and that’s because I’ve seen too many straight actors playing gayface in Hollywood. And I just think we need to evolve a little more.
Conor Kennedy Defends Gay Friend
The grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, Conor Kennedy, was recently arrested in Aspen because he defended his gay friend against alleged homophobic slurs.
The Aspen Times reports that the brawl began when a group of men began harassing Kennedy’s gay friend with antigay slurs.
According to reports, Kennedy asked the men to apologize, and that’s when things got physical.
There’s more here. There’s a photo of Conor, and the police are investigating the homophobic allegations.
I think that’s wonderful, and Conor Kennedy is clearly against bullying. But I’d also like to read more about the gay guy that beats the hell out of the straight guy for screaming homophobic slurs. Many of us can defend ourselves, and we don’t let anyone screw around with us or our friends. Someone should warn them.
2016 Sex Scandals
It wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve post without something like this…
There’s nothing we love more than a juicy political sex scandal. And, lucky for us, this year offered up plenty! From filthy phone sexing governors, to strip poker playing mayors, to naked people impersonating dead presidents and terrorizing quiet suburban communities, 2016 just kept on giving. We can hardly wait to see what 2017 has in store.
Have a happy and safe New Year!!