Man oh man, you guys. Normally I wouldn’t really think to tell you guys about what Cynthia Nixon is up to these days, because, come on, it’s not like it’s 2002 and everyone is creaming herself (or himself, let’s be fair) over Sex and the City. Just in case you’re curious though, Cynthia Nixon is currently preparing to star in a run of that wonderful, touching play Wit, which opens on Broadway this week. She’s also making some pretty controversial statements about her sexuality, which is what I want to focus on right now. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to go on and on about Wit, but we’re talking celebrity gossip here, not theatre. No, we can talk about theatre in the comments (hint).
Anyway, here’s some background about Cynthia Nixon. She was with a man named Danny Mozes for fifteen years. The couple had two children together before they broke up in 2003. Then, in 2004, she began dating a woman named Christina Marinoni. Those two are still together, they’re engaged, and they have a son together. Got it?
Ok, now let’s talk about this interview that Cynthia just did with the New York Times. Among other things, Cynthia commented on homosexuality, which she considers to be a choice in some cases. Here’s what she had to say about the reaction her relatonship has gotten from some people who “find her midlife switch in sexual orientation disingenuous,” ready?
“I totally reject that,” she said heatedly. “I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not.” Her face was red and her arms were waving. “As you can tell,” she said, “I am very annoyed about this issue. Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”
What do you guys think about all this? Is homosexuality ever a choice, and is Cynthia hurting more than helping by suggesting that it is?