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Russell Tovey said backlash over his comments about effeminate men was ‘a very upsetting time’

Last yearRussell Tovey caught a lot of flak when he said in an interview he was sent to a school where he wasn’t allowed to “prance around.”

He said he was forced to “toughen up” and otherwise he could have become “really effeminate.”

The Quantico star tells Attitude the backlash upset him and he learned from it.

“Things come out the way you don’t intend them too,” he explained.

“It was a very upsetting time for me. I wasn’t expecting that sort of attention. I learned a lot from it and I’ve grown from it. It’s made me feel more impassioned about my responsibility, which I took for granted.’

He added: “I never set out to be anything other than an actor, but when you’re from a minority of any type and become successful you become an ambassador by proxy, which is something I’m fine with now.”

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5 Remarks

  1. I am not offended by his comments at all. I think that if you scratch the surface, you will find that a lot of gay men are not comfortable around ‘effeminate men’, myself included. Many of us believe that the ‘fems’ are to blame for the negative stereotype which society has towards all gay men in general.

  2. @Paul – That’s sad that a lot of gay men are uncomfortable around “effeminate men”. Perhaps when you build more confidence as a gay man you’re discomfort will disappear. You’re missing out on a lot of great gay men!

    And remember this, once you lock lips with your boyfriend or husband, whether you’re masculine or effeminate you’re just another unholy faggot in the eyes of the anti-gay population. Me, I don’t worry about stereotypes. I know who and what I am.

    I’ll add that I applaud Russell Tovey for what he’s said here. When it’s all said an done, Russell Tovey is a pretty decent guy.

  3. Agree with much of what Paul said. Also, I do believe the political-correctness police need to lighten up a bit and not continually search for reasons to find offense.

  4. Argelius… it’s not political correctness to say you’re being an asshat if you, like Paul, blame “the fems” for the negative stereotypes that society have of gay men. The blame rests squarely with the bigots who discriminate.

  5. December 10th, 2016 at 2:25 pm
    charlie green says:

    Whether the so called masculine fags want to admit it or not, they were hiding in the same crap holes as the effeminate men were back in the fifties and sixties. It was the effeminate men and Transsexuals that first stood up against the abusive treatment of the police back in 1969. If those brave effeminate men and Transsexual women hadn’t been the first to stand up and fight with bricks, blood and high heels, we wouldn’t have the freedom that we now enjoy.

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