If you haven’t heard the sexual misconduct allegation against Kevin Spacey, here’s a quick rundown: actor Anthony Rapp (best known for Rent and Star Trek) accused Spacey of making sexual advances toward him in 1986. Spacey was 26. Rapp was 14.
According to Rapp, Spacey invited him to his apartment for a party. Later, at the end of the night, Spacey picked Rapp up and placed him on his bed, climbing on top of him. It’s a night that still haunts Rapp to this day.
It’s obvious why this is so problematic. Not only is sexual midconduct is NEVER okay, but Spacey had also made advances toward a child.
After Rapp came out with the allegations, Spacey took to Twitter to make a statement. He didn’t exactly deny Rapp’s claims, but his apology took an interesting turn.
Spacey claimed he didn’t remember the night Rapp was referencing, but that he was sorry for anything he had done while he was drunk. He also used the statement to come out as gay, which quite a few people took issue with. After all, what does his sexual misconduct have anything to do with his sexuality?
Honestly, if anything, it makes the LGBTQ+ community look bad.
In the past, gay men were often lumped with pedophiles and sexual predators, and Spacey’s statement seems to do the same.
Some wonder if this is just his way of deflecting the allegations so people will talk about something else instead.
Let’s just say there’s a lot of bad timing here.
Am I glad Spacey apologized? Of course — it’s better than denying allegations completely. But using this as a time to come out (and therefore become a sympathetic character) is not the way he should do it. I get it, Spacey, it was probably a confusing time in your life. That 100% doesn’t excuse you for trying to have sex with a 14-year-old.