If you thought the he-said-she-said game was reserved for the preschool playground, think again, because this latest Hollywood drama is a real doozy. Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood went in guns blazing on Ben Affleck who, according to Kevin Smith, made some pretty cringe-inducing comments over 20 years ago about the struggle straight dudes face having to kiss each other on camera.
The uproar started with some comments director and pop culture icon Kevin Smith made following a screening of his 1997 indie flick Chasing Amy at Outfest. During a Q&A, an audience member asked how #BenAffleck — who was a rising star at the time — and his co-star Jason Lee felt about the gay kiss they shared in the movie. According to Smith, Affleck said:
"A man kissing another man is the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face."
He then went on to say once the scene was over, Affleck declared "now, I'm a serious actor." Oh, Ben.
Of course, the #LGBT community and others on social media had a few things to say about this, including active Twitter user Evan Rachel Wood, who was one of the first to call Affleck out for his comments two decades ago. In a series of now-deleted tweets, Wood quotes the Paper article which first circulated the story, saying:
"Try getting raped in a scene. Also, grow up Ben."
When other Twitter users came to Affleck's defence, saying the comments were made a long time ago during the filming of a pretty problematic movie by today's standards, Wood didn't back down, saying:
"I'm sure he just thought it was funny, but jokes like that are damaging."
She further went on to drop some t about how maybe "straight kisses" aren't so great, either:
Also, you think us ladies like kissing all the guys we kiss? Just cause its a "straight kiss" doesnt mean we enjoy it. Ahem.
Despite #EvanRachelWood's comments being totally valid and 100% her opinion and experience as a working actress, the star decided to delete the tweet thread after she received lots of online hate. Figures.
Kevin Smith has also scrambled to Ben Affleck's defence, clarifying himself by blaming the way Paper styled their tweet copy for the article. The now-deleted Paper Magazine tweet said "Ben Affleck says gay kissing is "the greatest acting challenge and actor could ever face".
This past/present tense distinction does seem key to the discussion, but Affleck H.Q. has yet to comment on the kerfuffle. With seemingly everyone spouting an opinion on his comments, it might be good if Affleck himself made a statement to clarify that he doesn't, in fact, still feel that way — you know, just in case Bruce Wayne decides to get frisky with Robin (kidding!).
Do you think Ben Affleck should apologize for his comments?
(Source: Tweets via Daily Mail)