Since Saturday night, Kevin Spacey and the sexual harassment accusations made against him by Anthony Rapp have been everywhere. In tandem, so is conversation about Spacey’s timing of coming out as a gay man. The latter isn’t the story here.
After Buzzfeed’s article and interview with Anthony Rapp went viral, Kevin Spacey released a statement via his personal Twitter page. Apparently it’s an apology. But, to me, this statement is little more than a smoke screen. Sure he seems somewhat apologetic, but the tone and its contents left me feeling uneasy.
“I honestly do not remember this encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago.”
Rapp does say he thought Spacey to be drunk based on his behavior before the incident. Stating he “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.”
Despite how drunk he was, it’s still not an excuse for making sexual advancements on a 14 year old boy.
“But if I did behave then as he describer, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate behavior….”
Spacey at the time was 26. Which is actually older than I am right now. When I put that into perspective, the more disgusted I am.Being gay and being a pedophile and sexual abuser are not mutually exclusive. Click To Tweet
Not only did Kevin Spacey use his maturity, rising fame, and celebrity to prey on Rapp. But he did so with no remorse, and apparently no second thought.
Rapp on the other hand, is plagued with the memories of that night. He’s held on to his fear of that night for the last 30 years. As sexual assault survivors know, it is the victim who ultimately pays the price for their assault. The PTSD. Anxiety. Depression.
The casualness of Spacey’s statement is also cause for concern. Instead of taking responsibility for his actions and acknowledging what he does was wrong. He blames his heinous behavior on being drunk.
Kevin Spacey treating alleged abuse like you would treat losing your keys when you were drunk last summer is all you really need to know
— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) October 30, 2017
Rapp doesn’t mention this, but what first came to mind for me after reading his account of the night was that Spacey thought Rapp himself, was also drunk. Spacey invited the younger boy to a party where there were only other adults, and surely unlimited amounts of alcohol. It’s not too far-fetched to think Spacey would expected Rapp to be intoxicated.
To be so comfortable inviting a 14-year old Rapp to his apartment for a party, and then boldly attempt to seduce him, doesn’t sound like the normal musings of a drunk 20-something. It sounds like the routine of someone who has done this before.For the most part, we aren't seeing people conflate his predatory status with him being gay. Click To Tweet
And just as I thought, by Wednesday morning, three more men have come forward with sexual advancement and harassment allegations against. One of the men, Mexican Actor Roberto Cavazos, took to his Facebook page (via Variety) to share his experience.
“It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr. Spacey to feel free to touch us,” Cavazos wrote.
Cavazos says Spacey made two sexual advancements towards him during the time that they both worked at The Old Vic Theatre. Cavazos as an actor, with Spacey holding an artistic director position.
As we’ve seen with the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg.
As more people share their stories of being sexually accosted by Kevin Spacey, it seems that this was just another industry secret. Everyone knew he preyed on young men and boys, but were either too afraid or uncomfortable to do something about it.
With the halt on House of Cards’s most recent season, and the Emmy’s taking away the special award that was supposed to be given to Spacey last month, we’re seeing the fall out from his actions.
For the most part, we aren’t seeing people conflate his predatory status as a man in Hollywood with him being gay. By avoided his coming out announcement, which he used as a smoke screen, we’re giving power back to the victims and the LGBTQ+ community who will no doubt come under scrutiny because of his actions.As more people share their stories, it seems that this was just another industry secret. Click To Tweet
Being gay and being a pedophile and sexual abuser are not mutually exclusive.
As journalists and writers cover this story, it’s important to call this out, for the safety of those marginalized groups and people. They have been affected enough.