When GQ Australia asked actor Taylor Lautner if director Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black hit on him during their LA dinner meeting, Black was thoroughly unamused at the suggestion that he’s just a sexual predator who always makes passes at boys with nice asses. Now GQ has responded with the kind of pap you’d expect from a magazine that’s mostly advertisements.
Lautner originally replied, “No, definitely not. I think they know I’m straight,” (sure Taylor, sure). But 37-year-old Black was not as cordial as 19-year-old Lautner. Black responded:
“Really Mr. GQ writer? I’m curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well? I’d love to be there when you ask Sean Penn that same question. Or, Mr. GQ writer, were you projecting your own unprofessional desires onto me and Gus? Perhaps? Or worse still, are you a homophobe?”
Well, GQ Australia decided to address this teapot tempest by finally releasing a statement about why they ask the same questions a sixth grader would come up with:
We’ve seen some of the comments floating around regarding our recent interview with Taylor Lautner and apologise if anyone was offended by anything in the article. It certainly wasn’t our intention to paint anyone in the story as a sexual predator. The point we were actually trying to push was that Taylor is irresistible to virtually everyone – regardless of sexuality or gender. Hence the film crew cheering at his shirtless scenes while shooting Twilight, and Mark Wahlberg deeming him better looking than Leonardo Di Caprio.
Translation: Lautner is such a hot piece of jailbait that everyone—straight or gay—has no choice but to act like our interviewer and drool over his lumps.
That Taylor, ‘he’s so hot right now.’ Give us a break.
GQ basically perpetuates the drivel of Hollywood PR peeps. In this instance, Lautner’s in a theatrical flop where tons of strangers (mostly men) chase after him. So that’s GQ’s line as well—everyone wants Taylor. Especially gay professionals with nice, warm casting couches.
Give the people what they want.