LGBT Website says it had a 'responsibility' to ask Tom Hardy about his sexuality

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 12:52 AM GMT
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/tom-hardy-lgbt-website-defends-asking-actor-about-his-sexuality-at-toronto-film-festival-10501875.html

    You might have heard about how Tom Hardy was asked at a press conference about his sexuality and he wasn't having it. The reporter who asked the question was from an LGBT publication Daily Xtra, and today they issued a response to the attention they have been getting for the exchange. Basically they're arguing that they had a "responsibility" to ask him about his sexuality. They defend that stance by using Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood as examples because they responded well to their questions.

    If you ask me, that's a pretty weak defense since both those actors had already been out prior to their red carpet interviews. Tom Hardy obviously hasn't come out. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out that he wouldn't just decide to come out at the press conference for his film because an LGBT reporter happened to be there. That is of course if he actually had something to say about whether he is gay/bi, which at the moment, it doesn't look like he does.

    What do you make of this idea that some LGBT publications have that it's their responsibility to ask celebrities about their sexuality?

    Here's a video clip of the exchange for context:
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 1:03 AM GMT
    That question is too personal.
    I read celebrity interviews all the time, and usually these kind of questions don't get asked during press conferences.
    Not many people want to be that open about their sexuality. Even Barbabra Walters said she regret asking and pushing the gay question to Ricky Martin.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 1:53 AM GMT
    It seemed a bit pushy. Not a question for that setting.
  • KissTheSky

    Posts: 1980

    Sep 16, 2015 2:08 AM GMT
    He has publicly said that he messed around a little with guys when he was much younger, but now he is only into women sexually.
    It's not that unusual. And it seems strange that some gay publications seem intent on "proving" that he is actually gay.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 2:09 AM GMT
    Of course they're going to say that they had a "responsibility." They're trying to cover their asses when they should be apologizing for asking an inappropriate question.

    It's no more appropriate to ask about a person's sexuality than it is about whether they're into scat, S&M, etc. What happens in the bedroom isn't anyone's business.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 6:37 AM GMT
    Tom Hardy turns 38 today. icon_biggrin.gif
    wishing him a happy birthday.
    such a talented actor *sigh...
  • helloandgoodb...

    Posts: 620

    Sep 16, 2015 12:31 PM GMT
    Actually I think the reporter was polite and handled it indirectly asking... "Is is hard for celebrities to talk about their sexuality". It was Tom that turned it into a blatant "Are you asking about my sexuality?" question. The reporter sheepishly takes the bait and say "Sure..." and then gets shut down.

    Do celebrities have an obligation to talk about their sexuality? NO!

    I wish hey could free to do it openly, but until he world stops judging them for it, I can not blame them for keeping things private that effect their ability to earn a living.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 1:42 PM GMT
    no one should really care unless they want a date, oops, we are not there yet?
  • CuriousJockAZ

    Posts: 19129

    Sep 16, 2015 2:24 PM GMT
    Personally, I think it's a tacky question, and that they absolutely do NOT have a "responsibility to ask anyone about their sexuality. We cannot argue that someone's sexuality should not make any difference, and then insist on asking everyone about their sexuality as if it does. Can't have it both ways. Stop asking the question, it;s none of your business, respect people's privacy.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 2:37 PM GMT
    I think it ranks up there with "Do you dye your hair?". The guy was there to promote his movie and his work. It was obviously an intrusive question. If he is gay, which I personally don't care about, I imagine he would say so at an appropriate time and venue.

    The other thing that bothered me was the round-about yet unsubtle way the reporter asked the question. He may as well just asked outright "Are you gay?". The question made him look more like a politician than a serious reporter.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 3:14 PM GMT
    What does the question have to do with anything?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 3:17 PM GMT
    Two things bothered me about this... Of course the question being asked was unneeded and tacky. But the way he handled it bothered me as well. Yes he is probably tired of hearing it, and it wasn't the most appropriate place to ask it either. But I still don't think he had to go and rage at the guy. It kinda made him look a bit like an asshole.icon_neutral.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 3:27 PM GMT
    BoroMod saidTwo things bothered me about this... Of course the question being asked was unneeded and tacky. But the way he handled it bothered me as well. Yes he is probably tired of hearing it, and it wasn't the most appropriate place to ask it either. But I still don't think he had to go and rage at the guy. It kinda made him look a bit like an asshole.icon_neutral.gif

    He wasn't on the rage either. I watched that video, he wasn't angry, with a little confused smile he asked "why?"
    Not every male has a soft and tender expression when they talk
    I've seen other celebs who become truly rude when they were asked such personal questions. I didn't see that here.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 3:31 PM GMT
    helloandgoodbi saidActually I think the reporter was polite and handled it indirectly asking... "Is is hard for celebrities to talk about their sexuality". It was Tom that turned it into a blatant "Are you asking about my sexuality?" question. The reporter sheepishly takes the bait and say "Sure..." and then gets shut down.

    Do celebrities have an obligation to talk about their sexuality? NO!

    I wish hey could free to do it openly, but until he world stops judging them for it, I can not blame them for keeping things private that effect their ability to earn a living.

    Interviewers use that tactic all the time when they ask such personal question but they don't want to seem rude.

    Example: when a reporter ask Jennifer Aniston about kids and marriage.
    "So in this movie, you are mother of three, and a wife of a man, does that role somehow inspire you as a woman?"

    Aniston answered:
    "if it wasn't for this movie that question would not be planted. Thank you."
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 3:38 PM GMT
    robbaker saidYou see and this is what im talking about the lgbt wanting to know his sexuality who gives a fuck. Lgbt go fuck yourselves!

    As usual you are being irrationally hostile to gays. The responses I'm reading in this thread suggest that you do NOT know what you're talking about.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 3:48 PM GMT
    It's what reporters do, they sometime's ask personal questions. The person they are interviewing doesn't necessary need to answer the questions. If Tom Hardy got offended, maybe he is closeted.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 4:05 PM GMT
    Good answer/response from Tom Hardy. That reporter is a bin-head for going there with him.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 4:10 PM GMT
    BoroMod saidTwo things bothered me about this... Of course the question being asked was unneeded and tacky. But the way he handled it bothered me as well. Yes he is probably tired of hearing it, and it wasn't the most appropriate place to ask it either. But I still don't think he had to go and rage at the guy. It kinda made him look a bit like an asshole.icon_neutral.gif



    Please tell me the timeline in the video where he "raged" at the interviewer. I apparently missed that.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 4:27 PM GMT
    Radd said
    BoroMod saidTwo things bothered me about this... Of course the question being asked was unneeded and tacky. But the way he handled it bothered me as well. Yes he is probably tired of hearing it, and it wasn't the most appropriate place to ask it either. But I still don't think he had to go and rage at the guy. It kinda made him look a bit like an asshole.icon_neutral.gif



    Please tell me the timeline in the video where he "raged" at the interviewer. I apparently missed that.


    I shouldn't have said raged. Just annoyed, my mistake. ;)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 4:48 PM GMT
    BoroMod said
    Radd said
    BoroMod saidTwo things bothered me about this... Of course the question being asked was unneeded and tacky. But the way he handled it bothered me as well. Yes he is probably tired of hearing it, and it wasn't the most appropriate place to ask it either. But I still don't think he had to go and rage at the guy. It kinda made him look a bit like an asshole.icon_neutral.gif



    Please tell me the timeline in the video where he "raged" at the interviewer. I apparently missed that.


    I shouldn't have said raged. Just annoyed, my mistake. ;)



    I don't know.....I'm very open about my sexuality but if someone were to ask me such a personal question on air, I don't think I would have responded as nicely as he did. I'd be like "look asshole, I'm here to talk about my film, not what I do with my dick."
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 5:09 PM GMT
    Radd said
    BoroMod said
    Radd said
    BoroMod saidTwo things bothered me about this... Of course the question being asked was unneeded and tacky. But the way he handled it bothered me as well. Yes he is probably tired of hearing it, and it wasn't the most appropriate place to ask it either. But I still don't think he had to go and rage at the guy. It kinda made him look a bit like an asshole.icon_neutral.gif



    Please tell me the timeline in the video where he "raged" at the interviewer. I apparently missed that.


    I shouldn't have said raged. Just annoyed, my mistake. ;)



    I don't know.....I'm very open about my sexuality but if someone were to ask me such a personal question on air, I don't think I would have responded as nicely as he did. I'd be like "look asshole, I'm here to talk about my film, not what I do with my dick."


    Hey everyone is different, some are graceful some just don't care. Whatever works for you.

    Yeah I just take back everything I said apart from the reporter. I watched real briefly not really paying attention. Watching it again however I saw that he handled it good like he usually does.
  • Sincityfan

    Posts: 409

    Sep 16, 2015 5:14 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidHe has publicly said that he messed around a little with guys when he was much younger, but now he is only into women sexually.
    It's not that unusual. And it seems strange that some gay publications seem intent on "proving" that he is actually gay.


    'I have never put my penis in a man. I've never had a c*** in my a***, and I have no f***ing desire for it. If that's what you like, cool. But it doesn't do it for me.'


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3234038/Tom-Hardy-shuts-reporter-sexuality-query-Legend-press-conference.html#ixzz3ljwnP4PY
  • HottJoe

    Posts: 21366

    Sep 16, 2015 5:15 PM GMT
    I guess this is the don't ask, don't tell crowd...

    Heterosexuals get asked about their spouses, partners, and liaisons without hesitation. Gay celebrities are the only group afforded any kind of closet. And the closet cases love their closets.icon_confused.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2015 7:10 PM GMT
    Just because he plays a homosexual character in a movie doesn't make his personal life suspect.

    Tom Hardy doesn't need to outed, as some hypocritical politicians NEEDED to be. Only when their personal life is negatively affecting gays (hate speech, anti-gay laws, etc.) should someone be outed.

    If a celeb wants to open up.....GREAT! But it's not a requirement. Morrissey has never come out (if so I missed it) but everyone who is Gay has figured it out long ago.
  • LJay

    Posts: 11612

    Sep 16, 2015 7:47 PM GMT
    Who?