Kate Winslet accuses Hollywood of treating homosexuals with "prejudice, discrimination and homophobia"


By CAPosts 05 April, 2021 - 04:17am 37 views

Although Hollywood may seem like a liberal place, ahead of many other social and cultural spheres in terms of eliminating taboos, all that glitters is not gold. In the mecca of American cinema there are still restrictions when it comes to expressing aspects of private life such as the sexual tendency, which many still try to hide. This was announced by British actress Kate Winslet in an interview she gave this weekend.

In a talk with the Sunday magazine of The Times newspaper , the star of world-famous films such as Titanic and Revolutionary Road explained that For many interpreters it is still not feasible to make it known that they are homosexual, because they think that revealing it would make them lose the roles of heterosexual characters. Winslet has said she knows "at least four actors" who want to keep their status under wraps, and has called her industry a place of "prejudice, discrimination and homophobia."

"I couldn't tell you how many young performers that I know - some well known, others who are starting now - who are terrified that their sexuality is revealed and that this gets in their way when it comes to being chosen for heterosexual roles, "said the actress in the magazine's cultural supplement. Winslet gave as an example a well-known actor, whose name he avoided, who had just gotten a new manager. in the US: “His agent told him: 'As far as I know you are bisexual; I wouldn't make it public, ”Winslet recalled of someone she knew herself. “It is something painful, they are afraid of being discovered. And that's exactly what they say: 'I don't want to be discovered.'

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Winslet has spoken about the issue when chatting about his latest Role, that of the movie Ammonite , where she plays the acclaimed paleontologist Mary Anning in 1840 England, who begins to maintain an intense relationship with Charlotte Murchison (played by Saoirse Ronan ). This role has made him realize that although there is increasing pressure "for greater diversity in film industry awards, where white actors and directors predominate, there is little debate about the representation of homosexual and bisexual people" .

According to her, during the Ammonite promotion and because of that role she has been asked many questions about the lesbian scenes that she stars in the film with Ronan, and she affirms that she has been much more questioned by them than when she has had scenes of sex with men. She defends that actors can play any role regardless of their sexual condition, something that especially applies to men. “Hollywood would have to put aside all that old-fashioned shit about whether someone can play a straight role when they're gay. It should be practically illegal, and you don't know how widespread it is, ”Winslet revealed. “On some occasions, actors decide not to come out of the closet for personal reasons. Nobody cares. Perhaps it is for privacy, but perhaps because of shame. ”

The actress explains that her intention is not to“ intimidate or confront ”Hollywood, but that for her in the industry there is“ a culture of pointing fingers ”and that“ it commands the political correctness ”rather than frankness. Therefore, for the seven-time Oscar nominee - an award she won in 2009 for The Reader - a new movement similar to Me Too should be produced among the LGBT sector, which shook the entertainment industry when dozens of women made the abuses public. to which they had been subjected, but referring to sexual liberation.

Source: Elpais

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