UPDATE: Kevin Spacey’s apology to actor Anthony Rapp has unleashed a flood of negative reactions on Twitter. Spacey’s decision to combine a coming-out statement with an apology to Rapp, who has accused him of sexual misconduct when Rapp was just 14, was slammed by observers who were shocked that Spacey took the opportunity to talk about his own sexuality in the midst of the accusation of underage sexual assault.
Additionally, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced on Monday that it would not be honoring Spacey with the Emmy Founders Award following the allegation.
“Savage Love” writer and “It Gets Better” creator Dan Savage strongly condemned his statement, saying “There’s no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away asssaulting a 14-year-old child.”
“Billy on the Street” host Billy Eichner left it at a succinct “Nope. Absolutely Not.”
Zachary Quinto wrote in a lengthy statement posted on Twitter, “It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out. Not by standing up as a point of pride — in the light of all his many awards and accomplishments, thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world — but as a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one.”
Rose McGowan, who was instrumental in helping to reveal the sexual assaults committed by Harvey Weinstein, reminded that the focus should be on the victim, not the accused.
Author Mark Harris said “Coming out is a beautiful part of being gay. Attaching it to this vileness is so wrong.”
Comedian Cameron Esposito and “Full Frontal” writer Travon Free both emphasized that being gay does not have to do with going after “underage folks.”
Comedian-writer Guy Branum called it a “PR smokescreen.”
“Westworld” actress Evan Rachel Wood wrote emphasized that being bisexual doesn’t make someone “a predator.”