No excuses for Spacey as gay stars hit by rule change
The US actor might not have noticed, but homosexuality is no longer a hiding place
There was widespread disgust last week when Kevin Spacey announced that he was coming out - or "choosing to live as a gay man", as he put it - at the same moment as he acknowledged attempting to have sex with the then 14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp.
How dare Spacey, gay America wondered. Time magazine saw Spacey as trying to "distract" from the allegations against him, which have multiplied in recent days. The comedian Wanda Sykes noted that he had invented something new: a bad way to come out. And the world wondered how someone most famous for playing a Machiavellian politician could be so breathtakingly naive as to think that being a gay celebrity would excuse or deflect from sexually inappropriate behaviour.
Nobody considered the possibility that he made this mistake because, until recently, being a famous gay man - especially in the arts world - did precisely that.