Hell hath no fury like a snowflake melted by unchecked privilege and microaggressions — and prominent Hollywood actor Andrew Garfield found that out the hard way.
According to People magazine, the former Spiderman is in deep trouble after saying that, because of his current role in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” he is “a gay man right now, just without the physical act,” and that he prepared for his role by watching “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Apparently, that was gay appropriation — and social media justice warriors didn’t take long to label Garfield an infidel.
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First, a quick theater lesson for the uninitiated — Kushner’s “Angels in America” deals with the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s through a heavily metaphorical lens. The 1993 play is currently seeing a revival in London. Garfield is playing the part of protagonist Prior Walter, a gay man with AIDS who receives heavenly visitations.
Garfield struck many of the right notes for liberals during a NT Platform discussion of his role; he openly stated his “big concern” was “what right did I have to play this wonderful gay role,” given that he identifies as straight.
“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,” Garfield said. “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.”
“Herstory?” Concerns about appropriation? Talk of maybe having a gay “awakening” later in life? So far, so HuffPo. And then things went horribly awry… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]