Guy Pearce told by Piers Morgan DON’T apologise to ‘perpetually outraged woke mob’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Guy Pearce defended his role in Priscilla Queen Of The Desert on Twitter yesterday, before swiftly removing the post following a backlash.
The actor had questioned only casting transgender actors in transgender roles, after his performance in the smash hit musical movie.
However, following a flurry of enraged comments, the 55-year-old had second thoughts and deleted the tweet.
The Hollywood star went on to apologise for his initial remarks that he claimed had stirred up “inflamed attitudes” and “started a fire”.
But one person who wholeheartedly stood behind Guy’s original tweet was Piers, who insisted he should “only be apologising for this apology”.
The 57-year-old broadcaster typed passionately in view of his 8.4 million followers: ”The only thing you should be apologising for is this apology to the perpetually outraged woke mob – your point was entirely correct, the job of actors is to act.”
Piers’ comments were met with both support and criticism from users.
Some applauded his stance, arguing that actors should be able to play any character regardless of gender or sexuality.
@OpinionFest1 typed: “Apologising to these woke ideologists just makes it worse. They’ll demand your cancellation regardless.”
@pacflyway added: “The job of an actor is about pretending to be something he’s not. You don’t have to be a murderer to play one or a musician etc. It’s about the ability to role-play whereby you are believable – that’s acting!”
remarked: “Tell me you didn’t read his apology without telling me. He doubles down on the acting point, but is apologising about potentially conflating the issue by using the trans community as a specific example.”
Previously Guy had asked his followers: “If the only people allowed to play trans characters r trans folk, then r we also suggesting the only people trans folk can play r trans characters?”(sic)
In his apology Guy acknowledged that “raising the question of gender identity” was “not a good idea”.
He typed: “I see that raising the question of gender identity within the casting process on a platform like Twitter was not a good idea.
“For that, I apologise, enormously. I acknowledge it has only stirred up and inflamed attitudes and made us all dig our heels in.”
The Australian actor continued: “The point I wanted to raise was one about defending the definition of acting and nothing more.
“Throwing the subject onto one minority group, in particular, was unnecessary, especially from a man like me, with a ‘Full House’ of privilege.
“I wouldn’t want that restriction placed on a minority actor or any actor for that matter, myself included,” he finished.
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