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Joseph Gordon-Levitt On Addressing Gay Rumors: “That’s Tacky”

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By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Sep 17, 2013
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    • Caleb in SC
      Caleb in SC

      I love the way this guy rolls. What an awesome spirit.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 6:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      He also refuses to answer the question on whether or not he is a brunette, if his name is really Gordon, and whether or not he is male. Because that would also be tacky.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 7:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      I guess it’s a subtle way of saying “I’m straight, but I’m not going to say so”, because he’s clearly not homophobic or in any way wishes to be disrespectful, yet the idea that a gay person who comes out is scoring an own goal, as it were, and the homophobes win, would be a contradiction. Therefore, the only way what he says makes some kind of sense, in context, is if he’s basically saying he’s straight but he isn’t going to say that he isn’t.
      Seems fair enough.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 7:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • andy_d
      andy_d

      @Cam: Did you ever consider that it may be his way of saying “It’s not relevant so mind your own business?” Why do I get the feeling you cannot get enough of Paris Hilton or the Kardashians?

      Sep 17, 2013 at 8:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      He’s not the first to say something of this nature. Johnny Galecki said as much on The View, years ago, and Matt Damon said something similar recently regarding the rumours about him and Ben Affleck, to name two…

      Sep 17, 2013 at 8:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AnitaMann
      AnitaMann

      Don’t know him so I don’t care with whom he shares his body.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 8:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • J.c.
      J.c.

      Its the classiest way to answer this question from the media hounds.Hetrosexuality is no longer a badge of honor to be defended as if homosexuality was some dreaded condition.
      People in the arts work closely together on their craft and are a lot more socially sophisticated than the average Joe and are now finnaly in this day and age confident enough to ignore this ignorantly accusing question.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 8:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caliban
      Caliban

      I don’t think he’s really talking about sexuality at all, but how he deals with paparazzi and the media. If he responds to their taunts (I almost wrote “taints”!) then he’s giving them control over his life, doing it on THEIR schedule and for their convenience, which he’s not willing to do. If some random schmuck with a camera walks up and starts asking you personal questions, would YOU feel obligated to respond?

      In the same interview JGL talks about being a “child star” and getting the feeling that he was seen as a THING, not a person, something to be marketed like a product, toothpaste or breakfast cereal. He rebelled against it and this is his way for doing that.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 9:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pistolo
      Pistolo

      Either he’s straight (which is probably the case) and he’s being coy with his gay following which I think is rather deceptive and stupid or he’s gay or bisexual but won’t say anything to seem subversive. Neither one wins points with me. If you’re straight, you can say it without my being offended as a gay man. It won’t shatter my heart to a million pieces if I don’t stand a chance with you. If you’re gay or bisexual and think you’re all cool in contrast to the people who have come out and advocated then I lose respect pretty quickly.

      As a celebrity, your stock and trade is talent, looks, personality, and intellect or one or two the 4 depending on who you are just like any other public figure. Disclosing your sexuality in a broad sense (gay, straight, bi, whatever) isn’t some invasive horrible submission to “the man”, it’s interesting and it’s only natural people will want to know.

      It’s like when Cynthia Nixon went as far as to say she chose being gay, defended it by saying something very similar to Levitt about the “other” winning, and then ultimately admitted to being bisexual. It’s just vain to throw yourself into gray territory to create allure, I hate it.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 11:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lasandman
      lasandman

      I admire him for begging the question of why it is important. What I do find a little distasteful is the image you chose to pair with this story. His portrayal of an underage hustler was heartbreaking and to choose this image seems to cheapen the whole discussion.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Suburban
      Suburban

      I think he handles the question very tastefully. Some actors like Jeremy Renner seem to resent the rumors and he acts like a jerk about it. Anne Heche always bothered me. She was with Ellen then all of a sudden she turns around saying she’s straight and marries a man, now they’re divorced. Don’t label yourself one way then ‘change your mind’. You can’t change your sexual orientation. Why didn’t she just say I’m bisexual. Or do these actors just do it for publicity to get on magazine covers?

      Sep 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niall
      Niall

      This whole press and media culture of twisting headlines is getting awfully annoying. From the title of this, you’d think he said the gay rumours are “tacky” when that couldn’t be farther from what he meant.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @andy_d: said…

      ” Did you ever consider that it may be his way of saying “It’s not relevant so mind your own business?” Why do I get the feeling you cannot get enough of Paris Hilton or the Kardashians?”
      ___________________

      It’s the same thing that Sean Hayes, Jodie Foster, Queen Latifa etc… all say. Gays are still discriminated against, and it ISN’T offensive to ask somebody about their dating life so I’m sorry if I don’t feel that we are in a post bigoted society.

      Oh, and comparing civil rights etc… to watching the Kardashians just shows how sad your priorities are.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Lefty: said… “Matt Damon said something similar recently regarding the rumours about him and Ben Affleck,”
      ________________

      Except for the fact that both are very publicly in heterosexual relationships.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      It’s not as if American audiences are homophobic and care if their handsome male actors are gay.
      Because officially, American homophobia died out on September 26, 2009 and was buried shortly thereafter along with all of the negative gay stereotypes so beloved in American culture.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Doughosier
      Doughosier

      I met him at an airport once and went over to talk with him because he was looking at me. This was before his comeback, after 3rd Rock. I didn’t know who he was but my thought was “who’s that cute gay boy looking at me”. We exchanged Emails for a time (he was going to college in New York, at least that was his email) but never got together.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 4:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LubbockGayMale
      LubbockGayMale

      What right do we have to know the orientation of public figures? NONE at all.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mydude
      mydude

      @LubbockGayMale:

      Who said it was a right? This whole thing is based out of rumors (some more true than others) and speculation.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 6:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ShowMeGuy
      ShowMeGuy

      @Kieran: Where is this “America” of which you write?

      Sep 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      All of this song & dance = GAY

      Sep 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vegas Tearoom
      Vegas Tearoom

      If you believe that there are straight men who enjoy having sex with men, then he is right, it IS tacky…and sticky.

      Sep 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pistolo
      Pistolo

      @LubbockGayMale: We have a right to ask, a right to be interested, a right to want to know. And frankly I don’t think him disclosing would infringe upon his rights, he just wants to be a cool kind of sexually ambiguous. How vain.

      Sep 18, 2013 at 1:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SFHarry
      SFHarry

      Are we not allowed to leave comments on the Stoli guy story? Am I doing something wrong?
      I have something to say.

      Sep 18, 2013 at 2:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @LubbockGayMale: said….

      “What right do we have to know the orientation of public figures? NONE at all.”
      ________________

      Either you are a troll on here from a publicists office or you are incredibly self hating. What right do we have? Here is an idea, if we are equal, then why is it that Jennifer Anniston is asked about her boyfriend, Angelina Jolie is asked about her pregnancy and her husband, George Clooney is asked about his girlfriend….

      BUT, according to YOU a gay actor being asked the same thing is a horrifying dirty secret that should never be exposed. Your opinion is exactly the same as the anti-gay bigots…in other words, gay is dirty and must be hidden. It’s no surprise to me that you are apparently from Lubbock Texas where attitudes like that are so common.

      Sep 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fetch3535
      fetch3535

      Gawd, since I was also a kid and JGL was Tommy, thru his role in Mysterious Skin (my GAWD what a body!) the fisted essence I produced fantasizing about him would float a cruiser. I don’t care what his private life is; it’s HIS life. His public life is deliciously vague, and that vagueness keeps alive the hope that he is; and the fantasy that he will have a flat in front of my house.
      In my fantasies, you don’t have to be gay, you just have to be present. :-)

      Sep 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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