Straight actors can’t go gay for play? That’s absolutely not ...

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Straight actors can’t go gay for play? That’s absolutely not fabulous

Never mind that for centuries gay actors have played straight parts, while gay singers sang about straight love

Celia Walden

As a fortysomething-year-old woman, I’m not technically allowed to write this column. This column’s about gay actors, you see, which makes me “ineligible”, being neither gay nor an actor.

As a fortysomething-year-old privileged white woman and mother, I should really limit my observations, insights and judgments to a carefully delineated sphere of discussion encompassing the pre-Christmas sales, sustainable cooking oils and the rejuvenating powers of retinol – at least according to Richard E Grant’s code of ethics.

Wading into the growing debate around the legitimacy of actors playing gay, black or disabled characters without being members of those societal groups, the Star Wars star said in an interview on Sunday: “The transgender movement and the MeToo movement mean, how can you justify heterosexual actors playing gay characters?”..

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