X-Men’s Ian McKellen faces backlash for feedback about Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer abuse claims

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Note: The following article accommodates dialogue of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers might discover upsetting.

Sir Ian McKellen is going through a backlash for saying that abuse allegations about his mates Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer might have stemmed from them being closeted.

Singer has most not too long ago made headlines this previous week for being ignored when Rami Malek accepted the Best Actor Oscar for the filmmaker’s Bohemian Rhapsody — which some have interpreted as a response to sexual misconduct claims in opposition to Singer. The director denies those accusations.

Likewise, Kevin Spacey recently entered a not guilty plea in Massachusetts over indecent assault and battery prices, regarding claims that he groped an 18-year-old at a Nantucket bar.

Now, Lord of the Rings star Ian McKellen has prompted controversy for feedback made throughout a stay taping of the QueerAF podcast when requested how he felt about abuse allegations being levelled at mates like Spacey and his former X-Men director Singer.

“Frankly, I am ready for somebody to accuse me of one thing,” he answered to an audible gasp from the viewers, earlier than occurring: “And me questioning whether or not they’re not telling the reality, and me having forgotten?”

McKellen went on to straight tackle the allegations regarding Spacey and Singer by linking the 2 being within the closet for a few years with potential abuse — a long-discredited stereotype that Spacey himself was broadly criticised for utilizing in 2017.

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“With the couple of names that you’ve got talked about, folks I’ve labored with, each of them have been within the closet,” he stated. “Hence, all their issues as folks and their relationships with different folks.

“If that they had been in a position to be open about themselves and their wishes, they wouldn’t have began abusing folks in the way in which they’ve been accused.”

The actor went on: “Whether they need to be pressured to cease working, properly that is debatable, is not it? I feel that is moderately as much as the general public. Do you need to see somebody who’s been accused of one thing you do not approve of?

“Do you ever need to see them once more? If the reply is not any, you will not purchase a ticket and you will not activate the tv.

X-Men's Ian McKellen faces backlash for comments about Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer abuse claims

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“There could also be others for whom that is not a consideration and it is troublesome to be completely black and white.”

Backlash to McKellen making an attempt to hyperlink being closeted with committing abuse was swift and harsh, with response starting from some calling it a “unhealthy take” or “bullshit” to a different accusing him of “furthering stereotypes in opposition to homosexual males”.

Below is only a sampling of the criticism:

The actor hasn’t but responded to the backlash over his feedback.


Rape Crisis England and Wales works in the direction of the elimination of all types of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the problems raised on this story, you possibly can entry extra data on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline quantity is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers within the US are inspired to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.


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