Hollywood star Matt Damon is in hot water this week after he made some “controversial” comments about gay people.
Damon made the comments to The Guardian earlier this week when he was asked about rumors that he and his close friend Ben Affleck were in a gay relationship with each other.
“When Ben and I first came on the scene there were rumours that we were gay because it was two guys who wrote a script together,” he said. “I know. It’s just like any piece of gossip… and it put us in a weird position of having to answer, you know what I mean?”
He went on to cite actor Rupert Everett, a gay actor who says that being “out” hurt his career, in proving his point.
“At the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out,” Damon continued.
“I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly,” he concluded. “But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”
Though most gay actors would probably agree with what Damon had to say, the PC police immediately latched onto him and dubbed him “anti-gay.” According to Daily Mail, Damon was forced to appear on Ellen this week to dispel rumors that he was against gay people.
“I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery. Right?” he told lesbian host Ellen DeGeneres. “And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is like I mean it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe.”
“You know what I mean?” Damon added. “And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe. Because in the blogosphere there’s no real penalty for just taking the ball and running with it.”
It’s sad that we live in a society that has become so PC that Hollywood actors are forced to apologize for saying such trivial things. Welcome to Obama’s America, folks!