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George Clooney Doesn’t Care About Homophobic People

By Gabe Delahaye / March 1, 2012 - 1:15 pm

CLOONEY! He’s the best! I like him very much. He is good at his job, which is acting, and he’s the original Prankosaurus Rex. Also, the dude just does not seem to give a fuck. And I don’t mean in the way that, like, Ricky Gervais pretends like he doesn’t give a fuck where it’s like, well, if you don’t give a fuck, why are you on Twitter so much? But Clooney just makes movies and does FaceTime with Brad Pitt and goes to his Italian castle to relax because his back still hurts from Syriana or whatever. He’s very chill. Also this quote from him about how people think he is gay is great! From The Advocate (Via TheSuperficial):

The gay rumor has followed you for years.
I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, “These are lies!” That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a shit.

Here’s the thing about this: no one ever says this. People say the part about their private lives being private, which is true, and a perfectly fine thing to say. But no one ever says the part about how any hint of bristling or denying rumors actually helps to reinforce homophobia. Kevin Spacey danced around it last year in HIS breakout blog blockquote, but he didn’t actually seem to connect the dots between putting an end to bullying and his own distancing from this type of talk. I also like the part where George Clooney points out that it doesn’t hurt anyone for people to have the wrong idea about who you want to do sex to, and I also like the part where he talks about being dead. GEORGE CLOONEY! Love this guy. No homo.