Gay rumors are always set to follow an actor after they’ve performed as a gay character on screen, just ask Jake Gyllenhaal after Brokeback Mountain. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has seen a wave of such rumors for a while now, though there have been a spike of them since his performance as poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. One Arabic news station, however, reported Radcliffe’s gay gossip as fact earlier this week. Middle Eastern Broadcasting Center (MBC), posted a “gay list of shame” that included Daniel along with Lindsay Lohan and Cameron Diaz.
The station has since apologized for broadcasting the list that named Radcliffe, Lohan and Diaz along with out-of-the-closet gay stars like Ellen Degeneres and Elton John. Even with the openly gay stars on the list, Daniel wasn’t the only one to face incorrect facts — the article also stated that John wore a dress to his wedding. MBC is evading a possible Radcliffe lawsuit by casting blame on to the original source material and an unnamed low-level editor.
“One of the junior editors of the website published an article offending some of the big Hollywood celebrity names [like Daniel], which by no means was reflective of the sites [sic] editorial policy nor point of view, without prior verification of the facts of the story plagiarized from another official site, ultimately offending a list of popular celebrities loved and followed in the Arab world.”
Radcliffe has not been shy about his support of LGBT rights, which may have been a part of why he ended up on the gay shaming list. Last month, Daniel spoke to The Guardian about how happy he was that Google at least doesn’t autocomplete his name with “gay” as the first option anymore, falling down the third place under “girlfriend.”
“Oh great – I’ll take that, as these things go. I’m pleased my girlfriend comes up before [Daniel Radcliffe] alcoholic or gay. When I first did that, I got really annoyed for about half a minute, until I tried a few other people’s names and I found out [gay] comes up after almost everyone if they’re a man, and even some women – Florence Welch had it, and I was like, really?… If people are speculating about your sexuality, then you’re doing OK.”
Gay list of shame toppers or not, Radcliffe noted that he has had to take a step back from Google in order to retain his sanity. Daniel was traumatized by the acerbic press surrounding him when rocketed to fame as the lead in Harry Potter.
“It f***s you up. You shouldn’t be on there if you’re an actor. There’s a line in The Thick Of It – Googling yourself is like opening the door to a room full of people telling you how shit you are – and it’s exactly that. I first did it in my late teens and it was such a destructive thing for me to do.”
Do you think Daniel Radcliffe, Cameron Diaz and Lindsay Lohan should take legal actions against the station? Or is it better to let the “gay list of shame” fizzle?
[Photo courtesy of The Guardian]