Ian McKellen, who has for many years been the most famous openly gay movie star, has attacked Hollywood timidity in depicting minorities onscreen.
In an interview with Time Out, he was asked about the controversy surrounding the decision not to show the young Dumbledore as “explicitly gay”.
McKellen, who had been approached to play Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, said: “Well, nobody looks to Hollywood for social commentary, do they? They only recently discovered that there were black people in the world.” And he continued: “Hollywood has mistreated women in every possible way throughout its history. Gay men don’t exist.”
McKellen came out publicly in 1988 and has been an industrious campaigner for equal rights ever since. He would like a new climate of acceptance in Hollywood, specially due to the fact that "half of Hollywood is gay”.
A recent report from advocacy group GLAAD found only 12.8% of mainstream films featured LGBT characters.
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