Thought Catalog posted an anonymously written piece about a well-known closeted actor who has no plans of coming out due to the difficulty of being gay in Hollywood. It’s incredibly heartbreaking, sad and blunt. When this actor asked his agent if he should come out, his agent responded with, “Faggots don’t make it in this town.”
Here are a few excerpts from the blind item.
“First of all, I feel like I’m misleading my fans. I know a lot of women watch my movies to watch me, and part of that is fantasy, and I feel like it’s all based on a lie. They do a lot market analysis in Hollywood. I get told about which demographics I do well with, and I feel like I’m misleading so many people, or letting them down.”
It’s not a lie. I mean how many people find Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris or Anderson Cooper hot despite their known sexuality? On top of that how many fans fantasize about their favorite actors and characters having gay romances with their co-stars? Many. Many. Many.
He went on, “I also feel terribly guilty because I know there are so many gay kids out there and I feel like by not coming out, and not providing that public display of being gay and being successful I’m letting them down. Public figures like Ellen DeGeneres coming out when I was younger made a huge difference to me, and I feel like I should be paying it forward, but I’m too afraid of my whole life being ruined.”
Everyone comes out on their own terms and while it does change many people’s lives just by seeing other public figures come out, not everyone can be a martyr.
When Michael Douglas was doing press for Behind The Candelabra, the biopic about gay icon Liberace, he said of closeted actors, “Without naming names, I certainly think there are a couple of people out there who have not come out in the spirit of protecting their careers and livelihoods. It’s probably a little bit more difficult going that way. I think that’s true.” Crazy.
The anonymous actor continued,” I tested the water with my agent, who basically told me ‘Faggots don’t make it in this town,’ and then went on to basically explain that he would never represent a gay man because the effort versus the money just makes it not worth it to him. It frankly terrifies me. I just wanted to get it out there.”
Ouch. I literally have no speculation as to which actor this could be. Just about every male actor has gay rumors sizzling around them, it’s a part of fame. It certainly takes courage to even write this anonymously and does reveal a lot about the dynamics of Hollywood. The fact that it isn’t “worth it” for an agent to represent them because of the hassle. It’s just a depressing, matter-of-fact view on how much progress their still needs to be done.
Read the full article at Thought Catalog.
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