LGBT website defends the questioning Tom Hardy’s sexuality

LGBT website defends the questioning Tom Hardy’s sexuality

Daily Xtra has defended questioning the actor over the weekend – saying they have a responsibility to do so as an LGBT publication.

During a press conference for his new film Legend – in which he plays openly bisexual Ronnie Kray – a journalist from the website asked Hardy about playing an “open” character, given comments he previously made about his own sexuality.

In 2008, the Dark Knight Rises star revealed he had enjoyed sexual relationships with other men in his youth.

When asked about these widely reported comments, however, Hardy responded by barking, “What on earth are you on about?” Daily Xtra’s Graeme Coleman tried to clarify his point, before Hardy demanded: “But what is your question?”

The reporter asked: “In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality… but given interviews you’ve done in the past, your own sexuality seems a bit more ambiguous. Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality?”

Hardy replied, “I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality. Are you asking about my sexuality?”

The journalist said, “Hmm… sure”, to which Hardy fired back, “Why?” – before giving a firm and final “thank you” to the reporter.

The publication has since received criticism from some fellow LGBT news sources, with Hardy receiving praise for responding so strongly to such a “rude” question.

However, as an editorial posted on Daily Xtra’s site yesterday – titled ‘Why Daily Xtra asked Tom Hardy about his sexuality at TIFF’ – argues, it is their “responsibility” to ask such questions.

“As Canada’s gay and lesbian news source, it’s our responsibility to examine sexuality and the ways in which it’s portrayed on screen,” they wrote.

To highlight their point, the site then shared a series of other interviews they conducted over the weekend. LGBT actors such as Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood happily chat about the subject of sexuality. It also features a chat with Susan Sarandon, who told Daily Xtra her son “colours outside the lines in terms of gender roles.”

“Though actor Tom Hardy bristled at Daily Xtra’s questions about sexuality,” managing editor of Xtra Robin Perelle writes, “other actors have embraced our questions at TIFF, and even welcomed the opportunity to shine a spotlight on sexuality and gender identity.”

Read the article below:

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Though actor Tom Hardy bristled at Daily Xtra’s questions about sexuality during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sept 13, 2015, touching off a media firestorm — other actors have embraced our questions at TIFF, and even welcomed the opportunity to shine a spotlight on sexuality and gender identity.

As Canada’s gay and lesbian news source, we feel it’s our responsibility to examine sexuality and the ways in which it’s portrayed on screen, especially once it’s in the public eye.

Evan Rachel Wood welcomed the discussion. Wood, who is starring in the film Into the Forest that is premiering at TIFF, told Daily Xtra that she came out as bisexual in 2012 because it’s “a huge part” of who she is — despite warnings from “a lot of people” about possible consequences to her career.

“I think there’s so much biphobia and so much misconceptions about it, and it’s really not even acknowledged most of the time and I wanted to speak out about it because it’s something near and dear to my heart,” she says. “It was a weight lifted. I was a happier better person because of it.”

Wood thinks the entertainment industry is changing and that more doors are opening for the LGBT community and the topics tackled in film.

Wood’s co-star Ellen Page says she’s “not naive to the fact that I’m an out gay actor,” but says her career has only benefited from coming out, as her happiness and creativity soared.

“For me personally everything in my career life is made better because I feel better, you know,” says Page, who came out in 2014. “I feel happy. I feel excited about life again.”

Susan Sarandon, who plays a lesbian struggling with her grandchild’s transition in the film About Ray, also seemed more than happy to tell Daily Xtra about her own son, who comfortably “colours outside the lines in terms of gender roles.”

Daily Xtra sat down with Sarandon for an interview on Sept 12, 2015.

In contrast, Tom Hardy, who plays both a bisexual man and his identical twin in the film Legend, did not welcome Daily Xtra’s questions.

“In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality,” said Daily Xtra reporter Graeme Coleman. “But given interviews you’ve done in the past, your own sexuality seems a bit more ambiguous. Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality?”

“What on earth are you on about?” Hardy replied.

“I was referring to an interview given to Attitude magazine a few years ago,” Coleman said.

In that 2008 interview, Hardy reportedly said he’d “played with everything and everyone. But I’m not into men sexually. I love the form and the physicality but the gay sex bit does nothing for me.”

“It just doesn’t do it for me, sex with another man,” he reportedly continued. “But there’s plenty of stuff in a relationship with another man, especially gay men, that I need in my life.”

He later said his words were “misconstrued.”

As Gawker quickly acknowledged, “All this would point to the fact that it is hard for celebrities to talk about their sexuality. But Tom Hardy wasn’t in the answering mood . . .”

Neither was James Franco when Daily Xtra asked what draws him to gay culture, and the many gay characters he’s portrayed in film, on the red carpet at TIFF in 2014.

Less than a year later, Franco interviewed himself on dot429 — and belatedly answered the question that we posed.

“I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life,” Franco wrote. “Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight.”

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7 Comments

  1. Max
    September 17, 07:25 Reply

    Everyone is not the same. People respond to questions and situations differently.

  2. Mandy
    September 17, 07:46 Reply

    Well, Daily Xtra, when you put it like that…

    It does make sense. There has to be conversations about these things, and even though Tom Hardy’s sexuality is nobody’s business, he is in fact A PUBLIC FIGURE. So the question is expected and his answer necessary.

  3. #Chestnut
    September 17, 08:03 Reply

    This Tom Hardy sha:
    Journalist: “do u find it hard for celebrities to talk to the media about their sexuality?”

    Tom Hardy: “I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality. Are u asking about my sexuality?”

    Journalist: “…sure.”

    Tom Hardy: “WHY?”

    Lol. Anyways,like I said yesterday, I don’t think d journalist was soooo wrong in his line of questioning, seeing as he’s a reporter for an LGBT magazine (it shouldn’t be weird that his questions might revolve around sexuality)…and also,seeing as the movie in question has a theme of bisexuality in it.
    I too,think a lot more doors would be opened for sexuality in general,if hollywood celebs didn’t answer questions about sexuality with “why?”,because let’s face it, a discussion about sexuality would be better received when it’s coming from a big star,than when it’s coming from an ordinary “nobody”.
    Anyway,as Max said, ppl will answer questions as they choose;it’s their prerogative.

  4. sensei
    September 17, 09:37 Reply

    His sexuality is nobody’s business. Dude is probably tired of insinuations and questions concerning his sexuality. Open your mouth and give people the slightest hint that you are anything but straight, homophobes wont let you rest, LGBT community wont let you rest either.

  5. james bruno
    September 17, 09:45 Reply

    i just came here to say i love ellen page ???

  6. Illuminatus
    September 18, 04:31 Reply

    And one day, they might start asking “”Are you top or bottom?” With a smile and a mic pointed at you. Sigh.

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