Who would you respect more?

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    Nov 01, 2011 12:56 PM GMT
    After watching the most recent episode of 'American Horror Story' starring Zachary Quinto, this question came to mind.

    Would you respect more?
    A) The actor who came out long before their career started
    B) The actor who came out long after their career started

    Now it's not like I'm judging people, as coming out is a very personal and emotionally involved decision. However would you respect equally those who cash in on their sexual ambiguity (professionally a smart move) as much as those who decide to not hide anything about their sexual orientation.

    I am sure there are many more circumstances involved in this discussion so please bring them up if you wish.

    My answer is obvious here, but once again this is just a personal opinion.
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    Nov 01, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    I actually think it's good for actors etc to come out AFTER they have got some success. It makes some of the people who may be against homosexuality realise that we are just men after all, and it can help to change some misperceptions about gays.

    Whereas if someone is openly gay from the outset, they can get pigeon-holed in certain roles, or there's a perception that everything they do is influenced/because of their sexuality.
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    Nov 01, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    I would respecct them both equally,
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    Nov 01, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    Pure saidI actually think it's good for actors etc to come out AFTER they have got some success. It makes some of the people who may be against homosexuality realise that we are just men after all, and it can help to change some misperceptions about gays.

    Whereas if someone is openly gay from the outset, they can get pigeon-holed in certain roles, or there's a perception that everything they do is influenced/because of their sexuality.


    This.
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    Nov 01, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    Id say B mostly because it is a hard thing to come out when you are already on top of your career
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    Nov 01, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    The guy from My Best Friend's Wedding, Rupert Everett, insists coming out has forced him into a very limited type of role. I'm not sure that has anything to do with whether he's out in RL or not. If you are wispy and sarcastic, you're not going to get cast as a Viking warrior, regardless of your orientation.

    'Coming out as a gay actor ruined my career in Hollywood,' says actor Rupert Everett
    The Daily Mail
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    Nov 01, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    I would say that I do not care whether or not an actor is gay.

    Let me put it this way, I would rather the actor be gay and good at acting, then be straight and suck at acting.

    That is all.
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    Nov 01, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
    Everybody deserves respect whether they are out or not. People should not be respected with what they do in their life but they should get respect as a basic human need. I think you meant admiration.
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    Nov 01, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    Hollywood is not as liberal as it gives off. I'm not sure if I ever would come out knowing what one could face. Good-bye leading man roles and that paycheck.
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    Nov 01, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    I have respect for anyone that comes out in the first place. I know how it feels to have all that pressure on your back at the thought of coming clean with people around you. Takes a true amount of courage and backbone.
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    Nov 01, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    At the end of the day Hollywood is a business so you have to play by the rules to appeal to the market.

    I think an older actor i.e Ian McKellen has the opportunity to be out as a gay man and it not be a problem, they are already established serious thesps. Hollywood mainstream movies are not their bread and butter.

    These twinky Twilight/Disney types who are just starting out cannot afford to be that forward about their sexuality as it will effect their ability to open a film/sell merchandise.
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    Nov 01, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    whateveryo saidAt the end of the day Hollywood is a business so you have to play by the rules to appeal to the market.

    I think an older actor i.e Ian McKellen has the opportunity to be out as a gay man and it not be a problem, they are already established serious thesps. Hollywood mainstream movies are not their bread and butter.

    These twinky Twilight/Disney types who are just starting out cannot afford to be that forward about their sexuality as it will effect their ability to open a film/sell merchandise.


    Also, some actors arent real actors and more of a person on the screen that chicks/dudes want to see. Some girls would be put off by watching a gay man. Its easier if they can fantasies about them being (fucking) them in real life which is harder with a gay dude.
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    Nov 01, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    ricky1987 saidEverybody deserves respect whether they are out or not. People should not be respected with what they do in their life but they should get respect as a basic human need. I think you meant admiration.


    I hope you don't mean to include closeted self-loathing men that marry women, have a family, and fuck men on the side in this. Because they don't deserve respect or admiration, they deserve pity.