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Most people would say that rule number one of interviewing celebrities is "do NOT offend them." But, sometimes rules are broken, and actors are left to make the most of answering questions they truly did not anticipate.

In this interview with, Matt Bomer has the most articulate and polite response when asked if the gay community is "harder to please" than women. Though he handles it with aplomb, it's clear from the entire segment that he and Donald Glover are a little caught off guard by this reporter's line of questioning.

I mean, just look at that screenshot, and tell me those aren't some unenthused faces. You can watch the full video here, but the offense in question happens toward the end at 2 minutes and 34 seconds.

Bomer doesn't hesitate in his response to the question, "So, this is a movie to please women, but also the gay community... are they harder to please?"

"I don't know. I mean, why would I ever try to boil down an entire community into a 'yes' or 'no' question? It's like, would you feel comfortable if I said, 'are women harder or easier to please?' I mean, no, I think it's one of the things you learn from this movie is that everybody's different, and it's all about a communication and dialogue between individuals. Get rid of the labels, get rid of the shame, get rid of the stigma, and just be your most authentic self."

And Matt Bomer proves once again that he's a class act who can educate and give great advice all in one fell swoop—even when neglecting to answer a question outright.

Bomer and Mark Ruffalo in HBO's The Normal Heart
Bomer and Mark Ruffalo in HBO's The Normal Heart

For those unfamiliar with the up-and-coming actor, Bomer is one of the few out gay actors in Hollywood. He's been married to his husband Simon Halls since 2011, and the proud papas have three kids together. Bomer also won an Emmy Award for his work in The Normal Heart, an HBO film that traces the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.

He's clearly proud to be who he is, and I have to commend him for turning a reductive question into a teaching moment.


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