In their recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, 26-year-old queer actor Ezra Miller admits that an unnamed director and producer tried to seduce Miller with wine and a role in “a movie about gay revolution” when Miller was underage. Miller calls the incident a #MeToo moment.
#MeToo is the national movement against sexual assault and harassment which has largely involved high-profile media figures, politicians and athletes.
Miller reportedly refused the men’s offer, saying, “No, you guys are monsters.’”
Miller told the interviewer, “It’s a great fuckin’ age of being like, ‘You know what? That shit’s unacceptable,’ And it’s amazing for a lot of us to watch. ‘Cause, like, we all knew it was unacceptable when we fucking survived it. That’s what Hollywood is. I thought we all knew we were sex workers.”
Miller — best known for playing The Flash in DC Comics’ superhero films and appearing in the Fantastic Beasts film franchise — is just one of many non-female people to come forward with a #MeToo story.
Actor James Van Der Beek has said that he experienced sexual harassment from “older, powerful men” during his younger years. Actor Terry Crews said Hollywood executive Adam Venit groped his crotch at a party. Openly gay performer Todrick Hall has also said that “a very influential person in the entertainment industry” sexually harassed him early in his career.
Sexual assault statistics suggest that LGBTQ people face higher levels of sexual harassment than the general population.
On a lighter note, Miller spends the entire interview smoking weed, talking about polyamorous friends and explaining their queer and non-binary identity.
“Which is to say, I don’t identify. Like, fuck that. Queer just means no, I don’t do that. I don’t identify as a man. I don’t identify as a woman. I barely identify as a human.”