"Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out," Billy Eichner says.
Kevin Spacey is facing backlash from Hollywood and beyond after he used a public apology for allegedly making a sexual advance on "Star Trek" actor Anthony Rapp, who claims he was just 14 at the time, to announce he's living life as a gay man.
"Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye," Rose McGowan tweeted.
Rapp told Buzzfeed in an article published Sunday that Spacey befriended him in the late '80s while they were both performing on Broadway. The actor recalled Spacey inviting him to a party at his apartment, putting him on his bed, climbing on top of him and trying to molest him before Rapp was able to push him off and leave.
"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I'm beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years," Spacey said in a statement he released on Twitter Sunday night.
"This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life," the actor continued. "I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."
Rapp's allegation against Spacey -- a two-time Oscar winner whose career is still booming thanks to Netflix's "House of Cards" -- comes in wake of numerous allegations from women, including many famous actresses, that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them throughout his decades of success in Hollywood. Weinstein has denied the accusations.
See what other Hollywood stars are saying about Spacey's "sincerest apology."
That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement. Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye. #ROSEARMY— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 30, 2017
Gay = Gay Predator = Predator— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 30, 2017
u don't remember the incident - 30 years ago? - fuck u kevin - like Harvey we all knew about u - I hope more men come forward @KevinSpacey— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 30, 2017
No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks! https://t.co/xJDGAxDjxz— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) October 30, 2017
Learned a new term tonight thanks to Kevin Spacey. It is illegal and reprehensible. https://t.co/gm2vyhPSTS— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
Spacey's shorter statement pic.twitter.com/I8OOMaVkYU— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 30, 2017
Being gay should never be equated with sexual assault or pedophilia. Thanks for giving the homophobes more ammo #KevinSpacey. 🙄— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey sexually assaulting a minor has nothing to do with homosexuality. Also, someone should explain this to #KevinSpacey.— Aimee Carrero Rock (@aimeecarrero) October 30, 2017
This whole Kevin Spacey situation reminds me that queerness is still more shocking than sexual violence to far too many people.— Raquel Willis 🕷 (@RaquelWillis_) October 30, 2017
SEXUAL ASSAULT IS NOT ABOUT SEXUALITY. SEXUAL ASSAULT IS ABOUT POWER. SAY IT WITH ME, PLEASE. #KevinSpacey— Jordan Gavaris (@JordanGavaris) October 30, 2017
#KevinSpacey we do NOT sympathize with you. You've always been a gay man and chose NOW to come out to detract. you hit on a 14 year old boy— michelle visage (@michellevisage) October 30, 2017
Ashamed to have been accused of bank robbery- I forget if I did that- but this is a good time to let you all know; I am Jewish.— Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) October 30, 2017
Anthony Rapp: "Kevin Spacey tried to rape me."— Travon Free (@Travon) October 30, 2017
Media: "Kevin how do you respond?"
Spacey: "uuh...uuhh... Hey everyone I'm gay!" pic.twitter.com/6LAEfsyRtF
Just wanna be really fucking clear that being gay has nothing to do w/ going after underage folks— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) October 30, 2017
Dear @KevinSpacey, NO. This was a 14 year old boy. Your carefully worded statement will not hold up this house of cards.— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) October 30, 2017
That Kevin Spacey is gay was news in 1997. Anthony Rapp’s announcement is news in 2017. pic.twitter.com/LCGprtCf43— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 30, 2017
Hey @KevinSpacey you can choose to act like a pervert; you can't "choose" to be gay. 🤨🤦🏻♂️— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) October 30, 2017