During a recent panel discussion, Andrew Garfield opened up about preparing for his current role as Prior Walter, a gay man living with AIDS in Tony Kushner's, Angels in America. To get into character, the actor explained that, "every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru. I mean every single series of RuPaul's Drag Race. I mean every series. This is my life outside of this play."
This is . . . uhh . . . kind of questionable, but what has Twitter users really angry is what he said next: "I am a gay man right now just without the physical act—that's all."
Garfield then went on to say that he's not gay, but that he's not ruling that out in the future. "As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I'll have an awakening later in my life, which I'm sure will be wonderful and I'll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I'm secluded to my area, which is wonderful, as well." (Sorry, what?)
So, to summarize: Garfield 1) casually claimed an identity (that has resulted in discrimination for many), 2) implied that being gay consists primarily of watching Drag Race and "the physical act," and 3) expressed the belief that one day he can "awaken" and be gay.
Unsurprisingly, the LGBTQ community took to the internet to express their frustrations. A sampling:
Andrew Garfield is "gay without the physical act" because he watches RuPaul. - Rich Straight White Men Try To Be Interesting Vol. 53 — akili (@broxbeeble) July 6, 2017
Andrew Garfield really said he's a gay man without the physical act because he watched Ru Paul's drag race lmfao — cassandra (@mulhoIIanddr) July 6, 2017
Hey did you know that if you marathon Drag Race you are a gay man? That's all it takes. Who knew. Thanks, Andrew Garfield.
— Lana del Lorde (@jiggatravels) July 6, 2017