The pop star recently refused to discuss her sexuality during an interview with a queer journalist, prompting another writer to call ‘bullshit.’ But no matter what soundbyte-seeking journalists say, everyone has the right to determine whether or not they want to come out.
Whether you love them, hate them, hate to love them or love to hate them, we all have opinions on celebrities. And, like it or not, celebrities are a major part of our culture. We were lucky enough to sit down with a number of them to find out the real scoop. As part of our Editors’ Picks series, here are the best celebrity stories of the year.
Below are the 10 best celebrity stories by Hornet in 2017:
1. ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Star Alan Cumming: It’s a Responsibility, Not a ‘Privilege’ to Tell Queer Stories
During a recent sit-down with Alan Cumming, the famed Scottish actor spoke to whether queer artists and actors have a duty to tell the tales of the LGBTQ community. In Cumming’s opinion, he bears a “great responsibility” to do just that in his work.
The actor took to Facebook to recall stories of body-shaming and physical abuse at the hands of Bijou Phillips on the set of their 2001 film Bully. She repeatedly loudly asked him “Are you gay?!” and mocked him for then identifying as bi, and called him gross when he took off his shirt for a scene.
We had the opportunity to chat with Tori Amos, where she told us about her start in gay bars at the age of 13 and what fans can expect at her upcoming shows in New York.
In anticipation of his roast, we chatted with Michael Musto about his history of mixing humor and journalism and the current state of New York nightlife during his 33 years in the industry.
Earlier this year, Haaz Sleiman posted a Facebook video in which he came out as gay bottom who will destroy homophobes, a message which made us swoon. We got to sit down with the ‘Nurse Jackie’ actor as he delved into Hollywood’s homophobic hypocrisy and why he’s not dating Anderson Cooper.
During our chat with Bridget Everett, we dished about how she got her start in gay bars, her new pilot ‘Love You More’ and the drag queen who inspires her most. The “alt-cabaret provocateur” and Patti Cake$ star did not disappoint.
Barbara Walters made her fame as a hard-hitting journalist who’s interviewed world leaders like the Shah of Iran and Vladimir Putin. But she’s also known for her puff-pieces with celebrities with inane questions. Unfortunately, this 1983 interview with Harvey Fierstein doesn’t look good on her.
For National Coming Out Day this year, we reached out to a number of our favorite LGBTQ celebrities and journalists to ask them to share their coming out stories. We got some great responses and found out some surprises.
The reputation and career of newly out gay American actor Kevin Spacey have continued to tumble following a wave of allegations of sexual advances on young actors, crew members and others. As a result, his talent agency and his publicist have both dropped him, as has Netflix.
What were some of the best celebrity stories of 2017 in your opinion? Sound off in the comments!
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