Oscar-nominated Hacksaw Ridge and The Social Network actor Andrew Garfield may be a rising star in Hollywood, but the British actor clearly does not know how to play the game and say the right things to appease the hyper-sensitive liberals who rule the entertainment industry.
He recently came under fire with the LGBT community after comments he made about he prepared for his role as a gay man in the Broadway play Angels in America weren’t politically correct enough for their liking.
Said Garfield about acting as Prior Walter, a gay man with AIDS, in the famous play by Tony Kushner, “As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well. I adore it. I had to trust that it was the right thing and Tony (Kushner) had asked me and maybe if he’d asked me, it was the right thing. It was as about doing honor, doing justice and knowing my herstory.”
He continued by describing how he prepared for the role, saying that he watched drag queen RuPaul’s reality television show. Said Andrew, “I mean every single series of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’ I mean every series.” He added, “My only time off during rehearsals — every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru. This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act — that’s all.”
Apparently Garfield’s commented deeply offended the gay community, who were mad that he claimed to be gay without being gay. Said one commenter, “The straight white privilege of Andrew Garfield. Must be nice to be able to be gay without any of the hardships.” Stated another, “Straight tourists who try on oppression for kicks make me so tired. Andrew Garfield and James Franco… guys… you will never understand.” Said a third, “Andrew Garfield just proved how straight men are trash. Watching (‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’) doesn’t make you gay. Tool.” Do you think it’s stupid that they’re so angry about this?