Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave, Michael Fassbender, film, movies, Oscars, #OscarsSoWhite
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave, Michael Fassbender, film, movies, Oscars, #OscarsSoWhite

It’s Harder To Be Gay Than To Be Black In Hollywood

“I hope this changes (but) I think it’s probably harder to be gay [than to be Black in Hollywood]. I think sexuality is still marginalized in a way that is pretty open. I think it’s tough. I think for one’s own piece 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’ and all that fucked-up shit, 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.”

2013 Best Actor Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Eijofor speaking about race and sexuality in Hollywood. Eijofor — who was nominated for his role in the historical film 12 Years a Slave — had been asked about the lack of diversity in Hollywood amid the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the second year in a row in which the Oscars had no nominations for either Black actors or directors.