Celebrities are constantly under the scrutiny of the public eye, especially when it comes to what they say. Doubly so if said actor is conservative. Or anything non-hyper-liberal (see Caitlyn Jenner Endorses Ted Cruz. Gay Liberals RAGE!). Speaking of which, Bryan Cranston recently publicly apologized for saying “hurtful words” about a gay man. The hurtful words in question? Well now, that’s why it’s a story…
Bryan Cranston has apologized for derogatory comments he allegedly made about gay actor David Yost’s role as the original blue ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Cranston made the comment [in a 2009 IGN interview] while recounting that Yost’s character, Billy Cranston, was named after him. The actor concluded by saying, “He’s the fey one, that’s the problem.”
“When I read that interview, which took place about a year before I came out publicly, it really hurt me,” Yost told NBC Out on Friday, expressing mixed feelings about Cranston’s casting in the new “Power Rangers” theatrical reboot. When it was brought to Cranston’s attention the actor apologized, adding that he had no memory of the disparaging comments he made.
Hold on, the “offensive” remark was made in 2009…
David Yost is still upset about the fact that Bryan Cranston described him, a gay man, as having the qualities of a gay man… Seven years ago.
Look, actors say stupid political things sometimes (like here, here, here, here, and here). Okay, so maybe lots of times. Still, what Cranston said? Silly, yes. Politically charged and/or offensive… Not so much. He was joking around that the character named after him was hyper-feminine. It’s funny because he himself isn’t very feminine. Or gay. The character named in his likeness was not very much in his likeness. Get it?
The fact that we even have to discuss this is indicative of a problem. It isn’t just relative to Hollywood, but the U.S. as a whole. People are getting increasingly vilified simply over words. If you focus merely on the words, the intent takes a backseat. That’s a bad thing, because intent is what matters. It’s pretty damn clear that Heisenberg wasn’t saying anything anti-gay.
It turns into a bigger crapfest when it goes further than just apologies; to firings, fines, even jail time (see Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, Wants to Prosecute ‘Anti-Islamic Speech’…). It’s especially “problematic” because, like Yost, lots of people seem to be hunting for something to be offended by. These people are known as “leftists.” You may more easily recognize them by their scientific name: “gelatinous heaps of weak-willed fecal matter”. People’s entire livelihoods can be ruined – all due to someone, somewhere, being offended by something. You know, because TOLERANCE.