In a case of wildly misreading the current cultural climate – or perhaps just being a cranky old contrarian – journalist and author Gay Talese said he feels “sad” for Kevin Spacey for being accused by multiple men of sexual harassment and assault.
At the annual Library Lions Gala for the New York Public Library, Vanity Fair asked him which celebrity he’d like to write a profile on. Talese answered “Kevin Spacey.”
“I feel so sad, and I hate that actor that ruined this guy’s career,” Talese said. “So, OK, it happened 10 years ago … Jesus, suck it up once in a while!”
“I would like to ask [Spacey] how it feels to lose a lifetime of success and hard work all because of 10 minutes of indiscretion 10 years or more ago.”
“You know something, all of us in this room at one time or another did something we’re ashamed of,” Talese continued. “The Dalai Lama has done something he’s ashamed of. The Dalai Lama should confess … put that in your magazine!”
(via LA Times; Photo: Pacific Coast News)