Andrew Garfield has had some time to think since he angered queers last summer by coming out as gay “but without the physical act.” But after some time away from the spotlight, he has returned to reassure us in the most longwinded way that he is, indeed, heterosexual … but still open to gay “impulses.”
Here is part of his exact quote to Out Magazine, in case you’re confused as to what he means by gay impulses:
“Up until this point, I’ve only been sexually attracted to women,” Garfield says. “My stance toward life, though, is that I always try to surrender to the mystery of not being in charge …I have an openness to any impulses that may arise within me at any time.”
OK, so that cleared up absolutely nothing. Like, does that mean that if Garfield suddenly pops a boner staring at a dude’s butt one morning then he’ll immediately run to the nearest bathhouse and reveal his true form as a champion power bottom? Honestly, it would have just been easier to say “I’m straight.”
Plus, it’s not like he’s going to let us down by fully owning his heterosexuality. We’ve already been let down by 90% of the world; One more person is not going to give us a breakdown.
But, of course, if Garfield hadn’t said this, then Out Magazine would have never been able to continue its tradition of queerbaiting readers with hot straight male celebrities. (See: Daniel Radcliffe, Nick Jonas.) And speaking of which, why have gay celebrities never returned the favor and straightbaited readers? How come Billy Eichner has never graced the cover of People Magazine along with a headline of “I would be open to going down on a woman?”
And to be fair, Garfield is hyper-aware of his own privilege as a white straight man, and adds, “I’m in a privileged position, and I want to keep listening, and learning as much as I possibly can.”
So we’ll give him a pass. And after paying so much attention to his sexuality, it’s almost easy to forget that he’s an Oscar-nominated actor who will soon appear in the plum role of Prior Walter in Angels in America on Broadway. (Technically, that’s what the Out article is about.) In fact, Angels playwright Tony Kushner even gives Garfield his blessing in the article and commends Garfield’s approach to the character, despite being straight.
“I think it’s one of the most remarkable performances of a contemporary gay character by a straight guy I’ve ever seen,” says Kushner, who is gay. “There’s a certain misunderstanding that queenly behavior has to do with a kind of abjectness or weakness. But, of course, the opposite is true. It’s a gesture of real power. It is a refusal of hiding.”
Kushner also offers up his own personal take on Trump — which is nothing short of wondrous, thanks to Kushner being an articulate, empathetic, insightful artist, and not just your Aunt Karen:
“On a daily basis, we’re seeing that there is no place in Trump’s shriveled, damaged soul for anything like object constancy or loyalty to take root. Except to himself. Everyone else is just food or a target.”
He also reminds us that Trump once dumped Roy Cohn as his personal lawyer after finding out he had AIDS, which honestly is the least surprising thing we’ve ever heard about 45.