Andrew Garfield appears to have put his foot in it with social media users. The former Spider-Man actor made comments during a recent Q&A panel promoting his new play Angels In America about being open to the idea of a same-sex relationship, and while he was speaking as an ally to the LGBT community, these comments haven't gone down too well with Twitter users. Garfield told the panel:
As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well. I adore it, but a big concern was what right do I have to play this wonderful gay role?"
Sounds reasonable enough, right? However, it's how Garfield allegedly prepared for his Angels In America role that has the internet up in arms:
"We would just watch Ru. I mean every single series of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I mean every series. This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that’s all.”
While Garfield meant no offense, the actor's comments have resulted in a pretty big backlash on social media. Check out some of the tweets below:
While Andrew Garfield has made efforts to support the LGBT community in the past, it appears that the actor's comments about RuPaul's Drag Race were a step in the wrong direction. While we know that Garfield's heart was in the right place, suggesting that watching shows such as RuPaul's Drag Race were necessary for him to play a gay role reinforced stereotypes that have plagued the #LGBT community for years.
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(Source: CNN Entertainment)