Russell Tovey Has Angered The Gay Twitter Community - This Is How
The actor has said that going to drama school may have made him “effeminate” and Twitter exploded...
Star of Dr Who, Sherlock and current HBO drama Looking, Rusell Tovey, has got himself in a bit of trouble. The actor, who as a gay man has successfully played both gay and straight men, has recently been quoted as saying:
“If I’d have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now..."
An interesting choice of words that have inevitably bubbled up a backlash from angered online commentators, who feel as though Tovey’s sentiments are unsympathetic and crass.
My only response to Russell Tovey is: I'm so glad that worked out for you.
— Tyler Coates (@tylercoates) March 2, 2015
Lost all respect for Russell Tovey after his interview with the Guardian. Drama school is more than prancing around and being gay. #wanker.
— Maximillian Murphy (@Maximillian96) March 2, 2015
@russelltovey I understand your story/opinion but statements like yours divide the gay community & propagate hate towards us by others. Sad.
— Joseph Philipp (@jojowizphilipp) March 2, 2015
In the interview for The Guardian, Tovey relates how a horrific knife incident paired with his parent’s initial reaction to his sexuality made him reluctant to play gay characters for a decade.
It makes for eye-opening reading, and Tovey's opinions on the potential implications of drama school for a homosexual man are certainly contentious. Paired with the scars of a violent history, his is a compelling, if not divisive story.