Rose McGowan is among the celebrities who have slammed Kevin Spacey for detracting from his apology to Anthony Rapp over sexual harassment allegations by also using it to come out as gay.
Former Charmed star McGowan has been in the headlines in recent months due to accusations of sexual abuse she has levelled at disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. And the outspoken 44-year-old made sure she also had her say after Oscar-winner Spacey went public with his homosexuality in an apology to Star Trek: Discovery actor Rapp posted to Twitter on Sunday night (29Oct17). After Rapp accused Spacey of making sexual advances towards him when he was just 14 years old, at a party at the older actor’s apartment, Spacey tweeted that he was “beyond horrified” to hear the story, and owed him the “sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior”. He also used his statement to come out as gay, after years of refusing to confirm his sexuality, and it was this decision that was slammed by many famous faces on social media – who accused him of hiding behind his sexuality to play down his sexual harassment.
“Dear fellow media: Keep focus on #AnthonyRapp BE THE VICTIM’S VOICE. Help us level the playing field,” Rose tweeted, before adding: “Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye. #ROSEARMY.”
Will & Grace star Debra, meanwhile, tweeted Rapp: “You are brave, and my heart breaks for that 14 year old.”
Actor Richard Lawson tweeted: “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… How dare you implicate us all in this.” While comedienne Wanda Sykes wrote on Twitter: “No no no no no! You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks!”
Friends From College actor Billy Eichner tweeted: “That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope… Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.” He later added: “But honestly I hesitate to make jokes because the Spacey statement is truly disgusting, irresponsible and dangerous. Ok goodnight!”
Meanwhile, American author Dan Savage responded to the apology by writing on Twitter: “Nope to Kevin Spacey’s statement. Nope. There’s no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.”
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