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Neil Patrick Harris Says He's Dealing With Serious Homophobia In Hedwig And The Angry Inch - His Own!

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Neil Patrick Harris is usually brimming with confidence and rightfully so.

Whether being legendary on How I Met Your Mother or magical hosting the Tonys, NPH always nails it!

But his titular role in Hedwig And The Angry Inch is actually a little tricky for Neil. Why? Well, frankly, it's kind of a drag. He says:

"Hedwig is bringing up a lot of super insecure things within me. I have never thought drag was intoxicating, I've never had a fun drunken Halloween in drag, never been in heels, really.

I've lived my whole life being attracted by masculinity – it’s why I like guys. I'm not a super effete person, and I have to turn into that, and in doing so it brings up a lot of homophobic insecurities within myself."

Wow, we never thought we'd hear Neil Patrick Harris admitting to homophobia! So surreal! But is homophobia the right word for what he's feeling?

The truth is there are two SEXES but there are as many GENDERS as there are people. And coming face to face with the limitations of your own can sometimes be tricky.

Whether it's using power tools or applying eyeliner, everyone has things they just don't feel belong to them. And that's OK. We all have to be who we are.

But Neil is an actor, and a darn good one. So we're sure he'll find the aspect of the role that's NPH-balanced!

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5 comments to “Neil Patrick Harris Says He's Dealing With Serious Homophobia In Hedwig And The Angry Inch - His Own!”

  1. lisa says – reply to this


    Actually there are only two genders, male and female, but there are many different manner of gender identification. When one is born male, and has a sex change to female, one identifies as female but is still technically male according to the chromosomes.

    NPH is brave to be so open and honest about his feelings on this matter. It shows that we are all human and have our shortcomings, misgivings, and insecurities. In no way is this statement homophobic and it's unkind of you to take it there. Hopefully statements such as this will open up a conversation about intolerance within the homosexual community.

  2. msmoonlight says – reply to this


    Re: lisa – You've actually confused the terms 'sex' and 'gender'. Sex is male or female, and is determined by biology. Gender is a social construct, so there can be many interpretations of gender. I do agree with the rest of your statement though!

  3. Rick Dyer says – reply to this


    Hi Neil,

    This comment by you caught my eye. I have always felt this way too. I have always been gay of course, but, other than LOVING the drag shows for the entertainment value and the music, I have never been comfortable either with the effeminate side. I remember one Halloween years ago, we all dressed as cheeleaders. First time ever I wore a wig, my sisters and her friends did all of our makeup (first time for me that I ever even wore it or wanted to). Did it strictly cause all the friends wanted to do a 'group' Halloween thing and they talked me into it. By 1;00 in the morning when the bar closed and we reached the after hours gay coffee shop, I was wasted, and ripped the flimsy little homemade skirt off , and the wig and the makeup. Like you said I was always masculine and also attracted to the masculine that's why I'm gay as far as I'm concerned. This is the firt time I've seen it put how I feel as a gay person. Thanks… Rick

  4. Rick Dyer says – reply to this


    BTW, I forgot to mention, we did all have cutoff blue jean shorts underneath the skirts, lol….

  5. Justin Ruttan says – reply to this


    This is a very real thing. Auto-homophobia is a huge problem in the gay community. It's one of the themes that I explored in writing Dark Lady: the musical…a musical using Cher's music (still in workshop mode and hoping to have Cher be involved at some point in the process.) We all deal with our own insecurities and prejudices, but I feel that the insecurities of the LGBT community are compounded by the bigotry that still exists in society.