British comedian, actor and screenwriter Matt Lucas, best known in Australia for his work in the television series, Little Britain (think Vicky Pollard), and as Rebel Wilson’s brother in 2011’s Bridesmaids, had something to say to disgraced actor Kevin Spacey this week.
And there were no “yeah but no but yeahs” about it.
Just over a week after the gay community expressed outrage over Spacey’s deflection of sexual allegations by announcing he chooses to “now to live as a gay man”, Lucas posted a very considered, very precise, response. The comedian posted a simple explanation on Twitter as to why Spacey is not only unwelcome as part of the gay community, but that he isn’t even truly a gay man.
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) November 7, 2017
The eloquent tweet began by pointing out that there are some countries in the world where it’s still illegal to be gay, “but today in Hollywood, you can be out. You really can.”
Lucas then paid tribute to all gay people who struggled for acceptance in a different era, and who faced the terror of the AIDS epidemic. The way Lucas sees it, those who “live in countries where we have the opportunity to express” their sexualities openly, have an obligation to the others to treat that privilege respectfully.
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Which is the opposite of what Spacey has done. There’s been no honour or respect in his actions. He’s flaunted his privilege arrogantly, by hoping it will deflect people’s attention from the fact that he’s been outed, not as a gay man, but as a sexual predator.
But the line that really nails Lucas’s rationale is, “Being gay is so much more than feeling same-sex attraction. It’s an identity. It’s about being proud and free and striving to live as an equal.”