- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 6, 2017

Actor Andrew Garfield’s attempt to discuss his sexuality with a British gay magazine has ignited backlash from the LGBT community.

In a recent interview with Gay Times about his current role as an AIDS patient in the U.K. production of “Angels in America,” the discussion ranged from his preparation for the role — hanging out with gay friends and watching “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — to a possible “awakening” down the road as a gay man.

“As far as I know, I am not a gay man,” the actor said July 3. “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. I adore it, but a big concern was what right do I have to play this wonderful gay role?

“My only time off during rehearsals — every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru,” he continued. “This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act — that’s all.”

The comments sparked a wave of criticism on social media accusing him of “white privilege.”

“The straight white privilege of Andrew Garfield. Must be nice to be able to be gay without any of the hardships,” writer and comedian H. Alan Scott tweeted Wednesday.

Andrew Garfield just proved how straight men are trash,” added another.

Another Twitter user called him “the gay community’s Rachel Dolezal,” a reference to the former NAACP activist who resigned after she was exposed as a white woman who lied about her race.

Mr. Garfield’s representatives did not immediately return requests for comment on Thursday when contacted by The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor recently starred in the critically acclaimed films “Hacksaw Ridge,” by director Mel Gibson, and “Silence,” by director Martin Scorsese.

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