The liberal UK newspaper, The Guardian wrongly outed Patrick Stewart on Wednesday with absolutely hilarious results.
The X-Men: Days Of Future Past actor is a strong supporter of gay rights, but The Guardian seems to have got the wrong end of the stick. Their reporter Jane Czyzselska mistakenly identified Stewart as gay when referencing the supportive message he sent Ellen Page after her brave decision to come out as a lesbian.
The correction that was later issued read;
This article was amended on 17 February 2014. The third paragraph originally said 'Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page's coming out speech is newsworthy'. This should have read 'Some people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page's coming out speech is newsworthy'
After the Poynter Institute pointed out the newspaper's blunder, Stewart jumped on the bandwagon and kick-started his campaign of good natured fun by making the quip below:
When another Twitter user pointed out that Stewart might have been labelled as gay by association due to his close friendship with the openly homosexual Thespian, Sir Ian McKellen the star wittily responded that;
The Star Trek actor did look at the incident from a rose tinted perspective though. Stewart has clearly been at the receiving end of much more offensive rumors as he joked to The Guardian that;
Ah Patrick Stewart, I am glad that you never neglect to share your offbeat sense of humor with the world. Whether it is supporting the rights of LGBT people in a refreshingly light hearted way or, dressing up as a giant Lobster the actor's fun loving ways are infectious.
On a more serious note, I am glad that the paper made their badly researched gaffe about someone who is so openly supportive of gay rights. It is terrible to imagine the consequences if they accidentally 'outed' someone bigoted about the issue. Ignorance never breeds popularity with the majority of the general public, but giving someone a platform to spout misinformed views or hatred is never a wise move.
Do you think that newspapers need to be a tad more careful with their research? And, more importantly, is Sir Pat Stew (his words, not mine!) the most good natured celeb in showbiz?
If I could choose a celebrity uncle it would definitely be him!