Oh, you’ve got to love Howard Bragman, the gay Hollywood publicist who helps gay actors come out of the closet — and takes money from homophobes to try to get them back in the good graces of the gay community. Always ripe for a soundbite, Bragman’s latest news cycle contribution comes courtesy Rupert Everett, the eternally bitter actor who, aside from promising to vacate the United Kingdom is David Cameron takes over, is recommending to gay wannabe actors that they stay in the closet if they ever want to find work. And Bragman — who just led Family Ties actress Meredith Baxter’s coming out march — is letting Rupert off the hook.
“As I read [the Guardian article], the important part of what Rupert said wasn’t about actors and opportunities,” says Bragman. It was at the end where he said that, despite the professional opportunities he was denied, he was a happier person.”
Actually, that’s not exactly what Rupert said. Rather, the actor noted that he was “probably much happier than [closeted gay actors] are. I may not be as rich or successful, but at least I’m vaguely free to be myself.” That doesn’t mean Rupert himself is happy; we know this man to be bitter and feel belittled. All Rupert is saying is that he believes he’s probably a smidge more content than gay actors who hide.
Rupert’s railing against being open and gay in entertainment is not new. He claims coming out killed his career, and it’s something he’ll probably never get over. Thus, his advice to young Hollywood to shuddup and find a beard.
Continues Bragman: “And I can tell you that of all the many, many actors I have taken out of the closet, not one has ever regretted the decision to live their life honestly. Whether it hurts an actor, I always tell people that may be what happens, and they have to measure their personal happiness against their potential career. There may well have been other reasons Rupert didn’t become the leading man he imagined himself going to be. But this isn’t about your bank account. This is about your soul.”
This, from a man who takes money from hotelier and Prop 8 cheerleader Doug Manchester and puts it into his bank account as he tries convincing gay America that, hey, Doug isn’t so bad. What was that now about your soul?