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Gay Late Night Writer Eviscerates Spacey's 'Coming Out'

Gay Late Night Writer Eviscerates Spacey's 'Coming Out'

Jenny Hagel and Kevin Spacey

Jenny Hagel points out "a lot of problems" with the actor's response to an accusation of sexually abusing a teen.

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There were "a lot of problems" with Kevin Spacey's coming-out.

Jenny Hagel, a gay writer for Late Night With Seth Meyers, listed them in a cutting segment Wednesday on the NBC talk show.

In an interview published Sunday, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making sexual advances toward him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey said he did not recall the alleged 1986 incident but apologized for "inappropriate drunken behavior."

"I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior," Spacey stated on Twitter.

Hagel slammed Spacey's statement on multiple counts. She said coming out is "a courageous act of honesty, not a justification for a crime you committed." Linking sexually abusing a teen to being gay is problematic, she said, because it gives fuel to the dangerous and untrue myth that gay people are pedophiles.

"That makes it sound like every gay person is two beers away from molesting a kid," Hagel said. "I'm not. I'm two beers away from singing 'Come to My Window' at karaoke."

Hagel also rejected Spacey's sudden decision to "choose" to be gay.

"The gay community has been made up of brave, brilliant people like Alan Turing, and Audre Lorde, and Billie Jean King. You're not in the gay community. You're in the creep community," she said.

And she also took issue with the problematic use of the verb "choose."

"You're born this way. Even a woman in a meat dress knows that," she said.

Watch the takedown below.

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.