Following in the footsteps of Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick, gay actor Alan Cumming has put actor Richard Chamberlain in his place.
While he may be gay himself, Chamberlain advises gay actors to stay in the closet due to the "tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture."
Alan does NOT agree. Here's what he said in response:
"I think it's so mean-spirited. If you're living a lie, that's not healthy, and I think it is really irresponsible of [Chamberlain]…to say these things."
Alan ALSO slams Rupert Everett, who shares Chamberlain's views about gay actors playing heterosexuals.
More from Alan:
"It's not about your work… It's about how you exist as a person in the world, and the idea that your work is more important than you as a person is a horrible, horrible message. I always think about a little gay boy in Wisconsin or a little lesbian in Arkansas seeing someone like me, and if I cannot be open in my life, how on earth can they? Anyway, it's an academic question: how can you know [that coming out affects your career]? Some people get less work than others, and it has nothing to do with sexuality."
Right on, Alan! We LOVE what you're saying here and we wholeheartedly agree!
[Images via WENN.]
Tags: alan cumming, gay actors, homophobia, max mutchnick, richard chamberlain, will and grace