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“The View” Slams Kevin Spacey For Using Anthony Rapp To Come Out

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“The View” co-hosts slammed Kevin Spacey on Monday for using Anthony Rapp to come out as gay. The actor revealed his sexuality after Rapp accused Spacey of making an unwanted sexual advance on him when he was just a teen.

As Gossip Cop reported, Rapp came forward on Sunday to claim he was nearly sexually assaulted by Spacey when he was 14 years old. Spacey responded by releasing a statement saying he did not remember the alleged incident but was sorry anyway. He added that he chooses to “now live as a gay man.” It marked the first time he ever confirmed his sexual orientation, and many on social media blasted him for seemingly trying to change the conversation.

On the ABC talk show, Whoopi Goldberg said Spacey’s coming out “got people’s heads exploding, because people are saying it’s the wrong time to do it. Deal with what the accusation is and then deal with coming out.” Sunny Hostin agreed, taking issue with what she called a “two-part apology” that furthered gross, untrue stereotypes. “I think people tend to equate, wrongfully, homosexuality with pedophilia,” she said. Sara Haines, who has a gay brother, commented, “These have nothing to do with each other, so to hide under that and to say that was such an irresponsible thing to do. Your inclinations towards a 14-year-old have nothing to do with your sexual orientation. That is predatory behavior.”

“He’s like Trump, trying to distract with uranium. Same thing. It’s a distraction. Take your eye off the ball as they go, ‘Look at the squirrel over there.'” argued Joy Behar. Haines went on to object to Spacey also blaming his alleged behavior over being drunk, while Goldberg said it’s fair for Spacey to say he doesn’t remember something that allegedly took place 30 years ago. “But you don’t need to then say, ‘And, oh by the way, I’m going to live my life as a gay man.’ It does give [credence to] that conversation that people like to have about gay people and pedophilia. It gives people a reason to hold onto it. It was a really dumb thing to say.”

McCain agreed with Behar that Spacey was trying to “distract” from the allegations, saying, “It worked. There were a lot of headlines all over the internet saying ‘Kevin Spacey Come Out As Gay,’ not even including these allegations. It really did kind of work in his favor.” She further said, as the others did, that it’s “so dangerous” to link homosexuality with pedophilia. Added Haines, “There’s all these false things. So he banked on everyone falling for that part and not hearing it was a 14-year-old boy.”

Behar seemed to sum it all up by declaring, “Not a proud moment for Kevin Spacey.” Watch the full video below.

 


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