October 25, 2011
Australian GQ crossed a line when they asked Taylor Lautner if his gay movie bosses made a pass at him while working together. I have to admit, what an awful and unprofessional question! Read below for more details:
AUSTRALIAN GQ has been forced to apologise to Taylor Lautner after asking whether two gay movie bosses had made a pass at him and then publishing the question in the magazine.
GQ asked the 19-year-old star whether Hollywood director Gus Van Sant and writer Dustin Lance Black had made any advances at him when the trio were spotted dining together.
“No, definitely not,” Lautner said. “I think they know I’m straight. But they’re great guys. They’re a lot of fun.”
But Black, an out-and-proud Oscar-winning writer, took to his blog just days after the interview made its way online, furious with the line of questioning.
“Really Mr GQ writer?” Black wrote in his first blog post.
“I’m curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well?
“Above and beyond this clear attack on my character, I’m shocked that GQ would allow their writer to lean on the scurrilous, outdated stereotype that gay men are by nature sexual predators.
“Leaning on lies, myths and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated.”
After attracting global attention, Australian GQ editor Nick Smith was forced to apologise, taking to the magazine’s Facebook page to insist the reporter was only attempting to flatter the Twilight star.
“We apologise if anyone was offended by anything in the article. It certainly wasn’t our intention to paint anyone in the story as a sexual predator,” he wrote.
“The point we were actually trying to push was that Taylor is irresistible to virtually everyone – regardless of sexuality or gender.”