Garfield’s Gay

I know people look at us gay men and think, “Gosh, they have it all.  If only I were gay!”  As we know, it takes more than just wistful thinking.  It takes hard work – sucking, fucking, learning Barbra Streisand lyrics, it never ends.  And yet, some people think they can take the express route.  Andrew Garfield is currently in the London National Theatre production of Angels in America.  In a post-performance talkback, Garfield said, “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?  It was about doing honor, doing justice and knowing my herstory.”  OK, somewhat awkward, but I get it.  He added, “My only time off during rehearsals – every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru [RuPaul’s Drag Race].  This is my life outside of this play.  I am a gay man right now, just without the physical act – that’s all.” 

It sounds like he’s saying that because he watches RuPaul, he’s a gay man – well, a gay man not having sex with other men.  While I’m sure he didn’t mean to stereotype, not all gay men are watching RuPaul.  And watching Ru doesn’t make you gay.  But sex with other men – you know, that’s a big thing.  Well, in my case it’s a very big thing.  The point is, Andrew, you are not a gay man… you’re just playing one on stage.  And that really should be enough.  If you’d like to see a gay man in Angels in America, you might check out Garfield’s co-stars – Russell Tovey and Nathan Lane.  Now THOSE are gay men!

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