Dracula Untold star Luke Evans, who was out of the closet, then back in, is now back out. Sort of. After his publicist specifically asked interviewers not to bring up his sexuality, WWD asked if he was setting a new precedent as “an openly gay action star.” Luke hemmed and hawed a moment then said: “It’s good for people to look at me and think this guy is doing his thing and enjoying what he’s doing and successful at it and living his life. And that’s what I’m doing and I’m very happy.” Which is a bit of a non-answer, but it’s better than “BOOBS!” or “I LIKE PUSSY” or whatever he usually says when people ask him if he’s gay.
Time magazine congratulates him on his non-revelation, saying:
He may not be the gay action hero we want, but he’s the one we have, and one we can only hope grows still more comfortable. In Evans, gay people who’ve spent years trying to grow comfortable in the world can see themselves. He’s undergoing a process that’s often circuitous and halting. In struggling with how to define himself and ending up, for now, in a place of acceptance and the beginnings of openness, the musclebound vampire has never seemed more like an everyman.
Queerty, on the other gands, finds this all bit hinky.
It begs the question — once you come out of the closet, can you really go back in? And if you can go back in, do you still deserve praise for tip-toeing your way back out?
We get that Hollywood can be an unwelcoming place for gay people looking to ride to the top of the fame coaster, but if Luke has already come out, what good does it do to crawl back to vague un-acknowledgments?
No, he doesn’t deserve praise. It was cowardly of him to go back in the closet, and it will be even MORE annoying when he really does come out. He’ll get lauded for it, of course, and become a leading LGBT advocate (like so many other gay celebrities who had to be dragged out of the closet, kicking and screaming, only to discover they liked the attention once they were out). It’s maddening. (via Queerty)