Mad props to the journalist at The Daily Beast who had the balls to do this because trust me it’s not usually allowed. And if it’s attempted, that person is usually threatened with medieval sh-t in the back room. Can you imagine if someone did this to John Travolta?

So Kevin Spacey is currently promoting a movie called Casino Jack. He was interviewed for The Daily Beast on the press circuit and asked the following question:

"We gay men have always proudly claimed you as a member of our tribe, and yet you don't proudly claim us back. Why?"

Spacey was thrown, initially. And then rebounded very nicely with this response, both defending his right to privacy without being dishonest, or sounding like a dick, while kinda sorta confirming it maybe, and at the same time criticising those in the business who DO put their personal life on display in exchange for professional gains:

"Look, I might have lived in England for the last several years, but I'm still an American citizen and I have not given up my right to privacy. People have different reasons for the way they live their lives. You cannot put everyone's reasons in the same box. It's just a line I've never crossed and never will. But why is it in this country that kids might think it's OK to bully and make fun of somebody? I'll tell you why, because what do they see in the media happening all the time? In the media they seem to think that's OK, so if we stop using sexuality as a weapon against people, maybe everyone will eventually get cool with it. I don't live a lie. You have to understand that people who choose not to discuss their personal lives are not living a lie. That is a presumption that people jump to. Look, at the end of the day, people have to respect people's differences. I am different than some people would like me to be. I just don't buy into that the personal can be political. I just think that's horses--t. No one's personal life is in the public interest. It's gossip, bottom line. End of story. Now some people feed that. They'll go to the trendy restaurants where all the photographers are and then bitch about being famous. But if you don't want to feed that and you want your life to be based around what your work is then it ends there."

I’m down with that, sure. I’m down with him not going on Oprah all happily straight and married with children but hitting up the steam baths on the side. No, Kevin Spacey has never traded on a fraud, although that doesn’t mean others haven’t traded on his truth.

Spacey was just nominated this week for a Golden Globe for his work in Casino Jack. Oh look, here he is in November at an event for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to announce this year’s Cecil B DeMille Award recipient. Please. Can we make this game just a little bit more challenging?

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