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Updated: These celebrities are riled up about Kevin Spacey's coming out statement

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Have you heard that Kevin Spacey has come out of the closet? Probably! And do you know that it was essentially in response to a sexual assault allegation? Most likely! Doesn’t make it less disturbing though, now does it?

Let’s back it up: On Sunday night, Buzzfeed published a story where actor Anthony Rapp — he of the original cast of “RENT” on Broadway (Akita, Evita!) — claimed that when he was merely 14, a 26-year-old Spacey made sexual advances towards him.

“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” Rapp, now 46, told Buzzfeed. “He was trying to seduce me. I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”

A few hours later, at the stroke of midnight, Spacey responded in turn via Twitter, saying he didn’t remember the incident but also? He’s gay. Are you sufficiently distracted now?

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” the “House of Cards” actor wrote. “I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter… But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.

“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life,” he continued. “As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my behavior.”

So many things wrong here, man. Gay as a choice, lack of acknowledgement of you know, pedophilic behavior. Conflating homosexuality with casual pedophilia. But also, he's out!

Anyway, people on Twitter were clearly not having it. Not. Having. It.

Lessons I hope Kevin Spacey has learned: talk to your publicist first; conflating being gay and being a pedophile is really horrible and bad and you’re messing it up for everyone; nobody is buying your toupee, or whatever mangled lacefront you're using. The more you know, my dude.

 
 
 
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