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Thursday 15 December 2011

Out Lesbian Actress Amber Heard Attacks Closeted Hollywood

You gays have all (excuse the pun) Heard of Amber, right?

Well, if you haven't, she's one of the few openly gay actresses (who is also known for her modelling), who is known for her roles in Pineapple Express, Zombieland and most recently, The Rum Diary.

Today, UK newspaper The Telegraph reported the following quote from Amber.

One of Hollywood’s few openly homosexual actresses, Amber Heard criticises those stars who remain in the closet.
“You can’t respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are,” says Heard, 25, who appears opposite Johnny Depp in his latest film, The Rum Diary.
“It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing, but the risk was outweighed by the possibility of playing into this horribly detrimental lie that some in Hollywood perpetuate.”
(Source | The Telegraph)
Now personally, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I mean yes, it would be perfect if all of the closeted actors and actresses could come out right now and support the gay community, but I think we're all forgetting about the well-being of these people and their families.
For most stars, their art is their source of income. By coming out of the closet, they're more likely to face homophobic discrimination, especially when it comes to them being cast in new jobs, not to mention closed-minded parents who would attack them for being 'bad role models' to their children.
I'm not supporting homophobia here, I mean HELLO, I write a lesbian blog. But I think the way in which Amber is suggesting that all gay celebrities should just come out like she did is out of the question, at least in the current political climate.
To me, calling their lives a 'lie' is extremely disrespectful. Every member of the LGBTQ community knows how hard it is to come out when you're not in the limelight, never mind when you're under so much pressure whilst being watched by the public.
What I'm trying to say is yes, it would be wonderful if we lived in a world where these public figures could freely be themselves, but there are also underlying circumstances and factors of personal choice that blur the lines slightly.

1 comment:

Juli said...

I agree with you entirely. She can't expect everyone to come out.
I agree 100% with everything you wrote.