Screenwriter and playwright David Mamet has weighed in on the ongoing cultural debate over so-called “Don’t Say Gay” laws. In a strange move, the 74-year-old says he supports the laws and accused male teachers of being “predators” and “pedophiles.”
The pulitzer Prize winner and author behind such plays as Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, and Speed the Plow among others, offered his views on the “Don’t Say Gay” issue April 10 in an interview with Fox News.
Host Mark Levin brought up a previous assertion made by the playwright that kindergartners are “trained in a bizarre catechism of sexual identity politics.” Conversation then turned to the newly enacted “Don’t Say Gay” law in Florida, which prompted the writer to launch into a rant defending the law.
“What we have is kids not only being indoctrinated but groomed, in a very real sense, by people who are, whether they know it or not, sexual predators,” Mamet claimed. “Are they abusing the kids physically? No, I don’t think so. But they are abusing them mentally and using sex to do so.”
He added, “This has always been the problem with education. Teachers are inclined, particularly men because men are predators, to pedophilia.”
David Mamet on Fox News: "Teachers are inclined, particularly men because men are predators, to pedophilia" pic.twitter.com/azAlXPWRUc
— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) April 11, 2022
Mamet then went on to allege this degeneration stems from schools teaching sex education–something that, in his view, should be taught by parents in the home. At no point did he offer any statistics or other facts to back up his assertion.
This isn’t the first time he’s made incendiary political comments, either. Mamet argued against gun control in a 2013 essay published in Newsweek and referred to Donald Trump as a “great President” in 2020. In his latest book, Recessional, he appears to have endorsed conspiracy theories that claim the 2020 election was illegitimate. He has since disputed that interpretation, claiming he “misspoke.”
Maybe it goes without saying, but Mamet’s remarks have attracted wide derision on Twitter…
It’s David Mamet the asshole
— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) April 11, 2022
Genuinely the best nickname for David Mamet possible https://t.co/df5REbSmBy
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 11, 2022
David Mamet on Fox News: "Teachers are inclined, particularly men because men are predators, to pedophilia"
As a male teacher I'm offended & angry.
I care about my students & support them academically, emotionally, & through the many) challenges of life.
I AM NOT A PEDAOPHILE! pic.twitter.com/Qz8RSInWLs
— Matt Walton, M.Ed (@Matt4VA) April 11, 2022
David Mamet to his mother, 1965: I'm not going to be a teacher like you. Teachers are all pedophiles. I'm going to work with the normal people in Hollywood https://t.co/xLH7wO4xQt
— fun time with friends (sexual) (@funtimewfranz) April 11, 2022
I grew up in a theater family.
I have known for my entire life that David Mamet is a thick-headed piece of shit.
— Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) April 11, 2022
At a time of increasing threats to gay people, David Mamet has chosen to ally himself with the purveyors of a vicious, ugly slander that will endanger teachers and LGBT Americans. It's inexcusable. https://t.co/nevD0X38uL
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) April 11, 2022
Someone should stick to his day job.? https://t.co/O0ZVJ2xB0l
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 12, 2022
One reason for David Mamet's lurch to the right in the last few years was it's very easy to be the smartest guy in the room if you surround yourself with the dumbest possible people https://t.co/u8XAUPzoeB
— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) April 11, 2022
By attending “American Buffalo” you support David Mamet: a dangerous, transphobic human who believes teachers are “inclined to pedophilia” and that I, as an open Trans educator am a “groomer”.
Remember that as you sit in the dark waiting for the curtain to rise. @DavidMamet
— Alexandra Billings (@IamABillings) April 12, 2022
Were David Mamet's plays ever good or were critics just blinded by language? That's the question I've wondered after seeing the last great many productions of his "classics," as well as all of his new time wasters.
— David Gordon (@MrDavidGordon) April 11, 2022