Let’s get this straight, Kevin Spacey admits that he may have made sexual advances toward a 14-year-old boy and the media triumphs the coming out as gay angle of the story?
In a case study of how being a member of the LGBT community is revered in today’s pop culture, Spacey released a statement in response to actor Anthony Rapp alleging that the “House of Cards” star tried to seduce him when he was 14 years old.
Blaming alcohol, Spacey said he did not recall the encounter but owed Rapp “the sincerest apology” if it did occur.
Oh, and by the way, I’m gay.
“As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women,” he stated. “I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I chooses now to live as a gay man.”
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Right on cue, ABC News runs with a headline that qualifies for the mother of all spin jobs: “‘I choose now to live as a gay man’: Kevin Spacey comes out in emotional tweet.”
ABC News would soon be joined by other media outlets — see group think — in celebrating the gay aspect of Spacey’s mia culpa. At the expense of a then 14-year-old child.
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) October 30, 2017
And the news industry wonders why Americans revile them?
ABC News would later edit the headline amid fierce backlash, as social media was not about to let them get away with such media malpractice.
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) October 30, 2017
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 30, 2017
Seth Macfarlane wrote this joke in 2005. How many more are victims of yours? pic.twitter.com/jpWLYWNisx
— Shane Rider ?? (@shaneriderMA) October 30, 2017
Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement. Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
So ABC News decides to change the Kevin Spacey headline… sorry ABC, we saw your original sentiment. pic.twitter.com/JSd8MArcyu
— Sherri 🇺🇸 (@SociallySherri) October 30, 2017
ABC News sympathizes with Kevin Spacey and not his victim. pic.twitter.com/8yx7rNWEMS
— Sheharyar Khan (@iSheharyar) October 30, 2017
No, Kevin Spacey. You don't get to use your sexuality as a distraction from sexual assault.
You just threw the gay community under the bus.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) October 30, 2017
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