Arrow Star Stephen Amell Says 2014 Olympics 'Marred by Homophobia'
In a Facebook post discussing the popular CW superhero show Arrow going on break, leading man Stephen Amell announced that the program would take a "mini hiatus so people can grit their teeth and suffer through an Olympic games marred by homophobia and mediocre levels of public interest."
Amell's fan page currently has more than 865,000 likes, and his post was "liked" by more than 14,000 individuals.
Amell has previously used his Facebook profile as a platform to speak out in support of LGBT issues. During the Supreme Court hearings regarding the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in the case known as United States v. Windsor, Amell stated, “[m]arriage should be available to everybody. Some of the most loving, powerful relationships I’ve witnessed have been same-sex couples…Equal rights for all."
Based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, the hit CW show follows the exploits of crime-fighting archer Oliver Queen. In addition to Amell, the show frequently features appearances by out actor John Barrowman as the villainous Malcolm Merlyn.
Take a look at Amell's Facebook post below: