I thought I had reached the pinnacle of rage-overload from the politics of today, but found myself enraged anew today.
By whom? Actor Kevin Spacey.
Mr. Spacey responded to the revelation of another actor, Anthony Rapp -- who was subjected to an inappropriate sexual advance by Mr. Spacey when Mr. Rapp was fourteen years old, and Mr. Spacey 26 -- in a manner that not only was a self-serving non-apologetic "apology", but also will be harmful to the LGBT community.
Here, you can read it in all its self-centered glory, before you move on to my diatribe:
Shame on you, Kevin Spacey, for conflating "gay man" with "assaulter of teenage boy". The two have nothing to do with one another, and by mentioning them together in a pseudo-apologetic statement (and simultaneously hiding behind the excuse of drunkenness), you have provided fuel for homophobic vitriol. And you have provided further ammunition by stating that you "choose" to live as a gay man -- as if one's biological drive is somehow a choice. You have fed into every single one of the oft-cited and thoroughly erroneous reasons for discriminatory and violent treatment of gay men. You are disgusting.
Shame on you.
Edited to add: here's a great assessment of Mr. Spacey's statement: http://tomandlorenzo.com/2017/10/behalf-lgbt-community-fuck-off-kevin-spacey/