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Does the Media Keep Actors in the Closet?

According to several A-List actors, there is a very obvious bias in Hollywood and they say it’s against hiring homosexuals. In an exclusive interview to be released next week, Alan Cumming — one of the stars of X-Men 2 — said that actors are more timid about coming out because of the way the press portrays homosexuality — they fear the controversy. “I don’t think the people that go see films care that much – the media make it more of a deal and it’s made into controversy. There is a lot of homophobia in the world – but in Hollywood definitely.”

Stephen Fry and Rupert Everett who have both claimed a homosexual preference also complained that they are now pigeonholed. Derek Munn, director of public affairs for Stonewall, a group that promotes equality and justice for gay people said: “The pitifully low number of openly lesbian or gay actors suggests that there is a problem. The film industry needs to think about why it is gay actors choose not to come out.”

Do you think fear of the way the media will portray them causes actors to stay in the closet? Is Hollywood less accepting than the rest of the world? Do you think actors keep their sexuality a secret because it's irrelevant?


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