Damian Lewis realized his homophobia was showing (or his handlers did, anyway) when he complained about not wanting to end up like some “fruity, over-the-top” actor like Ian McKellen if he stayed in the theatre. So, in order to salvage his career – which is only sorta so/so level and will sink to nothingness post-Homeland – he’s put out an “apology” which is totally not heartfelt in any way.
“I am hugely embarrassed that comments of mine have been linked in a negative way to Sir Ian McKellen. I have always been, and continue to be, an enormous fan and admirer of Sir Ian’s.
“He’s one of the greats and one of the reasons I became an actor. My comment in The Guardian was a sound bite I’ve been giving since 1999 – it was a generic analogy that was never intended to demean or describe anyone else’s career.
“I have contacted Sir Ian McKellen and have given him my sincerest apologies.”
Sorry bro, but as a straight man, you don’t have the right to call anyone “fruity”. That’s not something that’s okay, especially given that he clearly meant it in a derogatory way. He’s a big strong man, who wants to be FRUITY? Fuck off. Also, he’s been saying that shit since 1999? It was a “generic analogy”? I doubt he’d make a “generic analogy” about how he didn’t want to end up like some “ghetto black person” or any of that bullshit – it’s the same thing.
The best “sincere apology” here would have been his realization that language like that is inappropriate and also hurtful to those who have been bullied or abused throughout their lives because of their sexuality, or even their perceived sexuality. It’s reenforcing the idea that the only way to be a real man is by having no feminine characteristics whatsoever. I realise that in Damian Lewis’ small brain, he probably doesn’t realise any of this, but I sure do, and I’m not feelin’ it.