Sir Ian McKellen was recently asked about the sexual abuse allegations surrounding Bryan Singer and Kevin Spacey. during the #QueerAF podcast which was part of the National Student Pride 2019 event in London.
“Well frankly,” he quipped, “I’m waiting for someone to accuse me of something, and me wondering whether they’re not telling the truth and me having forgotten.”
Hmmmm. Wasn’t expecting THAT, but OK…..
He then went on to say:
“But with the couple of names you’ve mentioned, people I’ve worked with, both of them were in the closet. And hence all their problems as people and their relationships with other people, if they had been able to be open about themselves and their desires, they wouldn’t have started abusing people in the way they’ve been accused.”
McKellen then discussed the issue of whether Singer and Spacey “should be forced to stop working,” telling the crowd:
“Well, that’s debatable.”
He continued: “I rather think that’s up to the public. Do you want to see someone that’s been accused of something that you don’t approve of? Do you ever want to see them again?
“If the answer is no, you won’t buy a ticket, you won’t turn on the television.
“But there may be others for whom that’s not a consideration, and it’s difficult to be exactly black and white.”
I am, of course, obligated to say that both Spacey and Singer have denied any wrongdoing.
(via Pink News; Photo: MediaPunch)