Andrew Garfield Tells His Side
Andrew Garfield has finally shared his thoughts on the PR hellstorm that’s come his way in the past week or two.
At the start of the month, news sites were publishing the story that Andrew Garfield said that he was “a gay man without the physical act.”
This line was actually the middle of a longer response to the question asked of him at a panel for a play that he’s currently performing in.
Garfield is playing in a London production of Angels in America, and was asked how he prepared for the role. Garfield’s immediate response was, “As far as I know, I am not a gay man.”
He went on to clarify by saying,
“I may have an awakening later in my life, which would be wonderful and I’ll can explore that area of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well. I adore it, but a big concern was what right do I have to play this wonderful, seminal gay part?”
Garfield then went further to explain his upmost respect for the gay community and for his many gay friends who helped him prepare for the role.
“The preparation had begun before (rehearsals began) with a lot of my friends. (The play is) As much devoted to my friends in the gay community as it is those that passed during the epidemic.”
In addition, Garfield briefly joked about all of the work he’s done to prepare for the role of Prior Walter.. He went to drag work ships, watched movies, and marathoned RuPaul.
“I mean every single series of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I mean every series.”
“My only time off during rehearsals – every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru. This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that’s all.”
You can listen to the entire response by Garfield here. It will help you to understand the context of the words Garfield was saying.
Now, of course, that last line that Garfield said wasn’t the best choice of wording, but with the full context of his words you can see that it isn’t problematic.
Some feel that it’s wrong for Garfield to assume that all gay life revolves around drag culture or thought that he meant that he was in fact gay, but that’s not the case. Garfield was just making a joke about preparing for the character he played who’s a part of drag culture.
But of course, the gay internet chose to focus on only the last line of this response, mostly to get clicks, without truly giving full context.
And now Garfield has shared his thoughts on the entire situation. He spoke to BBC’s Newsbeat to say that his words were twisted and taken out of context:
“That’s of course not what I meant at all.”
“That discussion was about this play and how deeply grateful I am that I get to work on something so profound.”
“It’s a love letter to the LGBTQ community. We were talking about, ‘How do you prepare for something so important and so big?’ and I was basically saying, ‘I dive in as fully as I possibly can.’”
“My only longing is to serve and to keep the world spinning forward for the LGBTQ community in whatever way I’m meant to.”
“It’s important to a community that I feel so welcomed by.”
“The intention [in my comments] was to speak to that, speak to my desire to play this part to the best of my ability and to fully immerse myself in a culture that I adore.”
So, do you believe Garfield or do you think there’s still a problem with his wording?