Chiwetel Ejiofor: Gays Have It Worst In Hollywood
It’s a good thing 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is a straight black man and not gay because, according to him, it’s hard out here for gay actors in Hollywood. Way harder than black ones.
Per a recent interview with The Times UK via Hindustan Times:
Chiwetel Ejiofor believes Hollywood still marginalises people because of their sexuality. The industry has been accused of a lack of diversity following the 2016 Academy Awards nominations, where no African-American actor or director was nominated for a top honour for the second year in a row, but the actor “believes it’s harder for someone to succeed if they’re homosexual than if they’re black. “I hope this changes (but) I think it’s probably harder to be gay,” he said.
“I think sexuality is still marginalised in a way that is pretty open. I think it’s tough. I think for one’s own peace of mind, for one’s own sense of self and psychological health, I feel like that’s the horrible thing about ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’… Because it produces a sense of shame, and therefore this sense of being ‘less than’, you know? And I hate that. I hate that for anybody.”
But Ejiofor, 38, argues that at the same time, a person’s sexuality isn’t anyone else’s business, and if the individual wants to, they should be able to declare their preference without fear of it affecting their opportunities in life in any way.
“If I hadn’t had the opportunities and the fortune that I have had, of course I would have a very different perspective to that, but I can’t be completely intellectually dishonest about what has happened in my life… It’s a tiny bit more nuanced for me to talk about,” he explained.
Do gays still have it harder despite the number of LGBT characters popping up on both the small and big screen?