Earlier today, Bret Easton Ellis posted a slew of tweets about how “White Collar” and “Magic Mike” actor Matt Bomer can’t hack it as “Fifty Shades of Grey” character, Christian Grey, simply because he is gay.
Actually, not just because he is gay, but because he has been open about his relationship with longtime partner, Simon Halls, with whom he has two children.
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Ellis’ negative comments has created some serious backlash against him online.
“Perhaps Mr. Ellis is simply riding the bitter train after learning he won’t be writing the screenplay for the raunchy romp,” muses John Boone of E! Online today.
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton weighed in as well, saying, “We don’t know whether Bret’s remarks refer to the sexual orientation of the two actors or some other similarity but he missed the mark.
“As anyone who has seen Magic Mike can tell you, Bomer is one of the best looking dudes in the game. His charm and charisma would enable him to pull off a very convincing Christian.”
“What guff,” writes Patrick Strudwick of The Guardian. “The notion that gay people can’t play straight characters is so naive, it’s foetal.”
Even after Ellis began to get negative criticism and started backpedaling on the topic, he couldn’t help but voice his negative opinion of Bomer.
“I actually think it’s cool that women want Matt Bomer as Christian Grey. It means that we’ve moved beyond stereotypes and that gay is hot… I think Matt Bomer is incredibly handsome and a good actor but I think he comes off totally gay in White Collar,” he tweeted.
However, a poll from The Hollywood Gossip shows that 52% of the voters want to see Bomer as the BDS&M entrepreneur, 23.6% would prefer someone else but “not because he’s gay, I just prefer someone else,” and only 24.4% say “the actor should be straight.”
In a coincidental turn of events, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network announced today that Bomer and Halls will be receiving the Inspiration award at their annual GLSEN Respect Awards in Los Angeles.
GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said she was proud to recognize the couple “for their meaningful contributions toward creating a world where every child learns to respect and accept all people.”
Earlier this year, Bomer went on record to say, “What we really have to do is stop the adjective before the job title—whether it’s ‘black actor,’ a ‘gay actor’ or ‘anything actor. Everybody thinks that equality comes from identifying people, and that’s not where equality comes from. Equality comes from treating everybody the same regardless of who they are.”
Maybe Ellis should take a lesson from Bomer.