Matt Damon said that gays actors should just act, and now he’s in big trouble.
This is because we live in a time when “coming out” is supposed to be a big deal. Basketballer Jason Collins did it, and he got his 15 minutes of fame. So did Michael Sam. For a time, sports figures coming out gay was HOT!
But that time has passed. And perhaps the time has passed for Hollyweirdos announcing their sexual preferences, then wearing them like boas? So thinks Matt Damon, as according to Pink News, Damon suggests that gay actors do better if they keep their sexuality to themselves:
Hollywood actor Matt Damon has made controversial comments suggesting that gay actors do better if they hide their sexual orientation.
Damon made the comments about fellow actor Rupert Everett, suggesting he was less successful because he came out as gay.
The Bourne star made the comments in an interview with the Guardian, and said actors should keep their private lives private.
He said: “I don’t want to, like [imply] it’s some sort of disease – then it’s like I’m throwing my friends under the bus.”
Going on, he made comments about Everett, suggesting he could have been more successful if he was not openly gay.
“But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out,” Damon went on.
Later in the interview, the star said he thought all actors should be more private about their sexual orientation.
“In terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period,” Damon explained.
“And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”
Damon may have a point. With the exception of Neil Patrick Harris, most other actors who admit they’re gay end up as character actors at best, and generally in obscurity. This is because America doesn’t really care about one’s sexuality, but we do care about your craftsmanship.
For far too long gays have relied on their gender choices as crutches. Either you are good or you’re not. The oddity of their sexuality obscured gays, and not just in acting. They were the “interesting people” for so long.
My warning to gays is to be careful in being one-trick ponies. There are people out there vying for discovery, and they will rely solely on an oddity called talent.
Is Matt Damon on to something?