33-year-old actor Andrew Garfield, who played Spider-Man and is currently starring in the London revival of the play “Angels in America” about the 1980’s AIDS crisis, angered members of the LGBT community with comments he made about playing a gay man.
Initially, Garfield was hesitant about the role, believing he wasn’t worthy to play a member of the LGBT community without being one.
“As far as I know, I am not a gay man,” Garfield told the Gay Times. “Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well. I adore it.”
He asked his LGBT friends to help him prepare for the role and was very respectful.
“What right did I have to play this wonderful gay role?” Garfield asked, according to People.
But this week, Garfield rubbed some members of the community the wrong way, stating: “I am a gay man right now, just without the physical act.”
The straight white privilege of Andrew Garfield. Must be nice to be able to be gay without any of the hardships. https://t.co/Amu9suUkDM
— H. Alan Scott 🤷♂️ (@HAlanScott) July 5, 2017
Andrew Garfield just proved how straight men are trash. Watching #RPDR doesn’t make you gay. Tool.
— 🎭 NATHAN (@WILLYSMITH92) July 4, 2017
Post modern garbage. You are not a gay man. The act is important sorry dude. https://t.co/WqaGjQhpTB
— Gay Mao 🇵🇷 (@CupcakeMaoist) July 5, 2017
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