Activists in the gay community slammed Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey this week after he responded to allegations he had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy by coming out publicly Monday as gay.
“Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of GLAAD said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“This is not a coming out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances,” she added, referring to the now 46-year-old actor whom Spacey allegedly assaulted. “The media and public should not gloss over that.”
Many in the gay community, including comedian Wanda Sykes, appeared to agree
During an interview Sunday with BuzzFeed, Rapp revealed that Spacey befriended him in 1986 while they were both performing for Broadway. Spacey, then 26, subsequently invited the 14-year-old to his apartment for a party. After everyone else had left, Spacey then allegedly sexually assaulted Rapp.
“My memory was that I thought, ‘Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” he told BuzzFeed. But Spacey “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.”
“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” he added. “But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me.’”
Though Rapp managed to “squirm away,” he remains haunted by what happened then, which was why — in light of the sexual assault/harassment allegations rocking Hollywood — he decided this weekend to finally share his experience with the world.
But instead of taking responsibility for his behavior, Spacey responded by issuing a statement to Twitter claiming he does “not remember” what happened and, stunningly, coming out as gay.
As noted by Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire, some in the mainstream media reacted by focusing their attention entirely on Spacey coming out versus Spacey having sexually assaulted a minor.
“(T)he fact that Spacey’s ‘coming out’ is treated with any modicum of respect as a response to pedophilia allegations is fully insane — and demonstrative of the special status accorded to sexual minorities by the leftist media,” Shapiro argued.
“Spacey’s disgusting, no matter how you slice it,” he added. “Media that cheer Spacey coming out in response to a pedophilia allegation are nearly as awful.”