Monday, September 28, 2015

Topic Of The Day: Matt Damon's Comments On Gay Actors In Hollywood

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of Topic Of The Day. For today's topic, I will delve into some comments made by Matt Damon that have gotten him some flack and I will address my thoughts on those comments before they get way out of hand. Those are comments that he made in an interview with the Guardian about gay actors being closeted.

Now, I thought what Damon said was taken out of context. On the surface, it seems like he was saying that gays should stay closeted just because they should. But what he was trying to convey was that the less people know about an actor, the easier it is to buy an actor as the character. Like with any other person, an actor's sexuality should be a private matter. Something that they can confess in private to family and friends that they trust. This may sound harsh, but it is really none of our business how they live their lives. Whether it'd be who they date, who they marry, who they have kids with, and even where they get their coffee. We know nothing about these actors we admire and like Damon suggests, the less we know about them, the easier it is to believe them as their characters.

Now, I don't think it is a bad thing for an actor to come out publicly because if you are really proud of who you are, then more power to you. But Hollywood is a pretty dodgy place where if you do come out, it'll be difficult to get leading roles unless Hollywood is willing to progress and at least release stories about a male or female gay protagonist. Don't know when that day will happen, though. I hope it does, but we'll see if it ever comes true.

So those are my thoughts on Matt Damon's comments that I figured I'd share before things potentially get out of hand. While his statement could've been worded a little more properly, I will still go and see The Martian when it comes out. But what are your thoughts? Please let me know in the comments section. Thanks for reading!