Kerry Washington: I’ve Never Been Bothered by the Lesbian Rumor


Kerry Washington talked with The Advocate about all sorts of stuff related to sexuality, and she came across as savvy, compassionate, and all together like the person most likely to be voted Our New Best Friend Forever.

First, in response to rumors that she’s gay, Washington handles that tired and tiresome b.s. with the ease of a pro: “…I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended.”

Moving on to closeted actors:

Sure. I’ve actually talked with friends about the similarities between being closeted and the idea of passing in the black community. Those in the black community who could pass for white often did so to get more opportunities in life, but it came at such a great cost. When you buy into the cultural idea of what’s acceptable and unacceptable, you reinforce negative stereotypes and prejudices. That wouldn’t work for me. I don’t love to give advice to anyone because we all have to make our own choices, but I’d want to live my life in truth. But there also have to be changes within the Hollywood community. Casting directors and producers have to look beyond sexual orientation in the way that they’re just barely, barely beginning to look beyond race. Until Hollywood learns that actors are artists of transformation, it will continue to be limiting for minorities.

On a cross-section of fans recognizing her:

When fans came up to me, I used to play this game where I’d guess which of my movies they wanted to talk about. It was a totally horrible game based on outward appearances and assumptions about identity. Like, if it was an older black woman, I knew she wanted to talk about Ray. If it was a guy in his 20s, it was Fantastic Four. And if it was a lesbian, it was She Hate Me. But because it has such an amazing following that crosses age, race, gender, and sexual orientation, Scandal has changed the game completely.

And how she reacts when conversations on Twitter turn ugly:

I like when people express a difference of opinion on Twitter, because that’s so wonderful about the country we live in. You don’t have to agree with me, but if you come at me with hatred and slurs, I will block you.

Shut it down. (That’s so Olivia!)


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