There's been a slew of conflicting headlines regarding Kevin Spacey's response to Star Trek: Discovery's Anthony Rapp, who alleged the House of Cards star made sexual advances toward him when he was 14.
Some focused on Spacey's coming-out statement. "I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and 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 said in response to the allegations.
But Hollywood isn't fooled. Out actors like Zachary Quinto, Wanda Sykes, Rosie O'Donnell, and Wilson Cruz called out Spacey for using the announcement of his sexual orientation as an excuse, a cover, a distraction tactic, and a dangerous conflation of gay identity and predatory behavior.
And after Spacey's statement, Netflix announced that House of Cards would be canceled following the filming of season 6, which is currently in production. The streaming service released a joint statement with Media Rights Capital Sunday:
“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”
Showrunner Beau Willimon released a statement as well:
My statement regarding Anthony Rapp and Kevin Spacey: pic.twitter.com/8z6zotHWE5
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) October 30, 2017
George Takei also summed up the response from prominent out actors. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, he called Spacey's move a "deflection":
"When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong. For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago. For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way. Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it."
See the response from other Hollywood players below.
No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks! https://t.co/xJDGAxDjxz
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) October 30, 2017
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) October 30, 2017
Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement. Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
This isn't a coming out story about Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp & those who speak out about unwanted sexual advances
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) October 30, 2017
u don't remember the incident - 30 years ago? - fuck u kevin - like Harvey we all knew about u - I hope more men come forward @KevinSpacey
— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 30, 2017
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey's comment was wrong on so many levels. https://t.co/5pFhiqMK5W
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) October 30, 2017