House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey comes out of the closet at the wrong time
House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey has come out of the closet. However, most judge him for his inappropriate timing. After an accusation made by Anthony Rapp, Star Trek actor, for sexual assault, Spacey apologized and expressed remorse. Following his apology was a statement of sexual preference towards men.
The accusation, apology, and sexual reveal are slammed with criticism from the gay community. The admission that gay, lesbian, black and other types of “minority” communities offer protection towards their own, comes at times of discrimination. Rally of this kind is effective only with numbers and legal legislation behind you. However, instead of protection Spacey is rejected.
The rejection this long time actor faces is coming from every direction. The annual International Emmy Awards ceremony due to take place in November 2017 has revoked any honor Kevin Spacey may have earned from his television series. Netflix has gone so far as to cancel the series from their channel.
They only confirmed this decision after Rapp had released his allegations. The people at Netflix expressed concern over all the other actors to whom they continue to offer care and support. Although, you will no longer find Kevin Spacey with his cast mates on the House of Cards set.
Additionally, Kevin’s brother, Randy Fowler, admits he has known about his brother’s sexual orientation for a long time. It’s old news and no big deal as far as he is concerned. Randy also reveals the two brothers grew up in an abusive household where Randy tried very hard to protect his younger brother from any abuse.
Anthony Rapp: “Kevin Spacey tried to rape me.”
Media: “Kevin how do you respond?”
Spacey: “uuh…uuhh… Hey everyone I’m gay!” pic.twitter.com/6LAEfsyRtF
— Travon Free (@Travon) October 30, 2017
He has even written a book about his experiences. What is heartbreaking for Randy is knowing after all the protection he awarded his brother, Kevin grew up to imitate similar behavior. This fact is not simple for Kevin’s brother to accept.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal where all of the Hollywood was aware of the predatory behavior, celebrities reveal a similar case here. Rosie O’Donnell tweeted “we all knew but said nothing” about the deviant sexual nature and the pedophilia.
All of Hollywood is to blame
In this case, everyone in Hollywood is legal accomplices to this horrible crime. The calling out of one or two or even three individuals do not fit the enormity of the crimes committed.
Seth MacFarlane is another celebrity who constructed a dig at Weinstein during an academy awards ceremony in 2013. He also made a joke about an episode of the Family Guy from more than ten years ago. Written into the script of one of the animated shows “Help, I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement.”
Meanwhile, Hollywood stars lashing out and acting enraged while they already knew about the crimes is a hypocrisy. MacFarlane clarified his statements erupted out of anger and rage.
The culture of silence breaks
Kevin tweeted on Sunday an official apology towards Anthony Rapp. Kevin tweets “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago,” Spacey tweeted. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
Actors, directors, producers, agents, and everyone else associated with the entertainment industry is responsible for these crimes. Singling out a few when everyone had a clear understanding of the repudiated images of the crimes committed. All of Hollywood should feel shame and rejection. Moreover, Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein are only two among many who deserve punishment for cover-up, abuse and sexual harassment.
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